Appearance : deep burnished gold with copper tinges.
Nose : powerful, rich. The first nose begins by revealing lots of spice (pepper, star anise, clove). Next, candied fruit (apricot, orange) and heady florals (mimosa, freesia) fill the air. The beautifully oxidative aromatic palette develops notes of stewed grape and brandied cherry. Gradually, blood orange and Russian leather bring even more complexity and depth.
Palate : full-bodied, fresh. On the attack, although blood orange is still present, dark chocolate has taken the place of Russian leather. Very fleshy, it invites us to bite into whole bunches of wonderfully juicy grapes. On the mid-palate, grated ginger and candied lemon create an inflexible and invigorating backbone for flavours of plum, toasted walnut and wild peach. The end of the palate is honeyed (heather, lime blossom), nobly woody (beeswax) and heady (sandalwood).
Overall : rich, concentrated. The eminently fruity (corinthian raisin, fresh fig) start of the finish is also empyreumatic (cedar, pine). Cocoa powder then gradually covers everything, giving the end of the palate a particularly refined texture. As a signature mark, the retro-nasal olfaction adds strawberry, raspberry, mango and persimmon to the basket of fruits found on the finish. The empty glass is mentholated, spicy (nutmeg), roasted (coffee) and delicately woody.