Appearance : mahogany with glints of green.
Nose : rich, well-developed. Extremely balsamic, like the stunning sherry vinegar it invites us to breathe in on the first nose, the tasting gets off to a strong start. Allowed to breathe, dark chocolate, candied orange, cumin, ginger and toffee give an idea of the aromatic palettes warm character. Red fruits (strawberry, raspberry) and exotic fruits (mango, persimmon, guava) then punctuate a demanding first sequence of aromas, which requires the tasters concentration at every moment.
Palate : full-bodied and lively. Like the nose, the attack is oxidative. Also powdery (cinnamon, ginger) and sweet (caramel), it then becomes deliciously honeyed (lime blossom) and infused (bay leaf, camomile). On the mid-palate, crushed fruits (black grape, white peach, prune, fresh fig) release a truly delicious juice. Finally, dark chocolate gives a particularly mouth-watering bitterness to an impressively long initial flavour sequence.
Overall : long, concentrated. The roasted (coffee, mocha, tobacco) start of the finish evokes a freshly tilled soil rich in trace minerals. Straw flavours bring to mind the end of the harvest. Next, as on the nose, fruits – now dry (fig, date, chestnut, walnut) – arrive in number and bring lots of flesh to the very end of the palate. On the retro-nasal olfaction, grated ginger, Russian leather and empyreumatic notes of wood varnish and cherry wood chisel a signature into the bottom of the second sequence of flavours.