Appearance : deep burnished gold.
Nose : rich, well-developed. Characterized by candied citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit) and notes of rice pudding, the first nose reveals incredible herbaceous freshness (vine flower, bay leaf). Allowed to breathe, whole bunches of grape are poured into the hopper for destemming. Lime blossom and lavender honey then make a deep-rooted pairing with spices (pepper, clove, star anise). Exotic fruits (kaffir lime, roasted pineapple) wonderfully punctuate the first stage of the tasting.
Palate : soft, balanced. The slightly empyreumatic attack (eucalyptus, thuja) is also deliciously vanilla (flan), resinous and balsamic (pine cones). The rustic mid-palate (dandelion, clay) reveals a particularly fine texture (rice powder). At this point, the resemblance with a great Linkwood is unmistakable. The flowery end of the palate (daisy, honeysuckle) is also rooty (gentian, génépi).
Overall : long, smooth. The energetic start of the finish reveals flavours of tobacco and grated ginger. A beautiful herbaceous bitterness (cut hay, lucerne) brings lots of freshness to the end of the finish. The chocolatey, camphoric and vegetal (camomile) retro-nasal olfaction reveals flavours of wax and candied lemon. The empty glass is chocolatey, spicy (ginger, cinnamon) and vanilla. A lovely salinity is also present.