Decanted for 2 1/2 hours before consumption.
Intense nose of pastille, incense, potpourri, purple fruits, bacon and olive. Dark fruited palate with green and black olive and lavender pastilles and tar and burned…hill. Long finish. Quite tannic, though the tannins aren’t astringent nor too hard. This is a BABY. Even more so than most vintages of “La Chavaroche” upon release. This also isn’t currently as wild as some vintages can be, though that could change as the intense primary fruits give way to secondary characteristics. An iconic and quintessential Cote-Rotie. It keeps going up in price but even at $95 it remains one of the best values in true “high end” wine there is. Pleasurable now, but in 7 or 8 years this is gonna be significantly better (and will probably remain so for another 15-20+ years thereafter). 93.5(+?)