Now this was the most intriguing bottle I have opened in a very long time.
Firstly, there is no trace of it in Mr Platter's little books, going back from 2019 to 2008.
Secondly, nose and palate were remarkably tight on uncorking, and even after decanting there was nothing effusive about either.
And therein lay the fascination.
This wine did not wear its heart on its sleeve; there was nothing friendly or forthcoming about it. But as it swirled around your tongue it beguiled you with its complex and varied flavour notes, all reined-back and elegant, but with great underlying power.
From 48%Cabernet Sauvignon, 41%Merlot and 11%Cabernet Franc came blackcurrant, cedar, wet rock and menthol, all sheathed in fine tannins and acid, and the finish lingered on.
Adjectives bouncing around included imposing, lean, austere, haughty and even arrogant.
Not a forgettable wine, and certainly the most authentically Bordelais of the Bordeaux blends I have tasted from these shores.
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