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(2014) Barrel sample. Spicy and fresh, with lovely bright fruit qualities, the cedary notes pleasing too. Creamy red berries and cherries, the savoury charter is lovely, it retains some freshness, not hardness to the tannins, the elegant, floral and spice character is very promising.
(2014) Quite closed - bottled a couple of months ago and hasn't quite emerged. A little bit of briar, a little bit of raspberry and cassis freshness comes through. Very spicy, nice robust fruit, with very good concentration, a roughening lick of tannin and good acids, but this does have the components to be a rich, meaty and fine Pomerol as the fruit comes back with more substance.
(2014) Harvested at just 28hl/ha. A really attractive aroma, with little floral notes, perhaps a touch of herbaceousness here, but then cedary complexity too. Open and almost strawberry-touched red fruits - charming and open, and has a lovely mouth-feel too, the freshness the silkiness combining - not the concentrated weight and gravitas of 2010, and will drink earlier, but really charming.
(2014) A little more closed, with a broad liquorice stripe, a dark plum skin weight, not jammy, but the power of dark fruit and real sweetness. More finesse than the 2009, more freshness and life, the edge of cherry and plum skin grip and freshness is lovely. Long, focused - more so than the 2009. For the future - 15 to 20 years perhaps.
(2014) Very hot vintage, plenty of fruitcakey ripeness and richness, sold plum fruit with layers of spice and cedar, but does seem quite rich and a tiny bit raisiny. It has the full, seductive ripeness on the palate, with a noticeable alcohol at 14.5%, very sweet and concentrated. Powerful tannins and good balance, with loads of blue/black fruit. A big wine, liquoricy, spicy, and that gives an edge of freshness.
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