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This wine has been lying in the producer's cellars, ignored by buyers for a number of years because of the originally high tannins. 17 years on and those previously grippy tannins have softened a great deal.
This wine, produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, is classic Left Bank Bordeaux, i.e. Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant so with black fruits - blackcurrant and blackberries - on the nose with a hint of pencil shavings (St Julien wines are renowned for their pencil shavings/ cedar/ cigar-box aromas).
Despite the age of this wine, the black fruits continue through on the palate and there is some vanilla and spice from the oak ageing. Sufficient tannins remain to give the wine backbone and potential for a little further ageing but they are soft and balanced by the fruit and the relatively high acidity.
It is a shame that these days most Bordeaux red wines are consumed well before they are ready; this is a rare opportunity to get hold of a wine with a few years under its belt and showing the true colours of a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant Left Bank Bordeaux. Fabulous!