Appearance : topaz with very subtle copper glints.
Nose : full-bodied, refined. What a beautiful first nose of citrus fruit zest (orange, mandarin), heady florals (iris, lilac), toffee, beeswax, heather honey and an absolutely delicious rancio (white peach, brandied cherries, candied mango, apricot). Increasingly deep, once allowed to breathe, aromas of malted barley, blood orange, salted butter caramel, aromatic plants (camomile, verbena), dark chocolate, black liquorice and an almost peaty note bring lots of complexity to the aromatic palette. Mustard seed, quince jelly and roasted apples then lead us to the moment of tasting.
Palate : delicate, silky. The divinely chocolate attack is also pulpy. It invites us to bite into the flesh of very ripe fruit (mango, apricot, peach). On the mid-palate, a few noble spices (cinnamon, ginger) appear alongside cocoa bean, a delicious apricot liqueur, almond cream and salted butter caramel. At the end of the palate, gentian and curry highlight a delicious malty bitterness with lots of freshness
Overall : long, silky. Such a beautiful finish enveloped in stunning thick tannins. Wine lovers will appreciate the similarity with a Banyuls fortified wine with notes of black cherry and heady florals (peony, rose). Gradually, the fine white film that covers the taste buds brings to mind the bloom of black grapes ready for harvest. The bright retro-nasal olfaction highlights the balance of a perfectly integrated sherry finish. A veritable ode to malted barley, the empty glass is also exotic (mango, persimmon), chocolate and vegetal (tobacco).