Appearance : topaz with copper hues.
Nose : rich, complex. The exotic (mango), spicy (nutmeg), empyreumatic (beeswax, apricot stone), honeyed (heather) and intensely malty first nose shows an awe-inspiring depth of field. Allowed to breathe, it develops notes of stone fruit (sweet chestnut, walnut, chestnut) and heady florals (iris, lily). Gradually it becomes chocolatey, waxy and jammy (raspberry, quince). Subtle notes of burnt wood and gentian gradually fill the aromatic palette.
Palate : full-bodied, delicate. With rare elegance, the attack invites us to enjoy a delicious raspberry tart. The mid-palate then makes a complete about-turn. Very noble notes of tobacco and spice bread bring the aromatic palette towards a deliberately more tertiary register. The reddy rays of a setting sun cast magnificent copper tones on a very chocolatey, heady (lilac, iris butter) and powdery end of the palate.
Overall : long, rich. At the start of the finish, chocolate cedes to vanilla as the aromas of a smoking Havana cigar literally fill the air. Dedicated entirely to fruit (Mirabelle plum, greengage plum, Belle de Boskoop apple, black cherry, bramble), the end of the palate is particularly expressive. On the retro- nasal olfaction, Kaffir lime, bergamot and plantain banana add a very fresh and juicy touch of exoticism. The empty glass is camphoric, spicy (clove, ginger), fruity (blood orange), herbaceous (cut hay) and liquoricey.
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