Appearance : burnished gold with glints of copper.
Nose : fresh, lively. The very mineral (limestone) initial nose is also floral (lilac, lily of the valley), fruity (Mirabelle plum, white grape) and herbaceous (ivy). Allowed to breathe, candied citrus fruit (lemon, mandarin) appear alongside exotic fruit (guava, persimmon), medicinal notes (ointment, mustard poultice) and spices (ginger, clove). With extreme finesse, the aromatic palette continually becomes more intense and complex. With time, it then becomes increasingly honeyed (sweet chestnut, pine) and apricoty.
Palate : well-balanced, very noble. The hugely unctuous attack is milky (coconut), vanilla and roasted (coffee, tobacco). The remarkably fresh and dynamic mid-palate is characterized by notes of green mint, grenadine and honeysuckle. At the end of the palate, cocoa bean and curry envelop the taste buds in their powdery tannins. This mature evolution is confirmed with the presence of autumn fruits (chestnut, sweet chestnut).
Overall : long, silky. Grated ginger, cinnamon, spice bread and fresh walnut seep deep into the start of the finish. Further on, plantain banana, mango, freesia and iris butter highlight the finish’s exotic and heady character. The retronasal olfaction is intensely chocolatey, herbaceous (black tea) and spicy (saffron). The empty glass is filled with orange blossom and violet.