Appearance : pale gold.
Nose : refined, balanced. First of all, a fruity (apple), exotic (pineapple, banana) and vanilla sequence takes centre stage. Then a veil of smoke gradually places a gentle bitterness (ash) over these very sweet notes. Once allowed to breathe, the aromatic palette is increasingly vinous (white Grenache, Marsanne), releasing the fragrances of a Havana cigar, slightly damp soil and roasted notes (roasted coffee).
Palate : at once lively and delicate. On the attack, stunning tannins coat the taste buds, creating a chocolatey, spicy (cinnamon, star anise) and unctuous film. On the mid-palate, smoke rings float through a green landscape bathed in sunlight. Freshly picked fruits (Louise Bonne pear, white peach) are placed delicately on freshly cut grass. At the end of the palate, dark chocolate and an evanescent peat appear alongside one another in perfect harmony.
Overall : long, generous. At the start of the finish, the same refined bitterness found in the palette of aromas returns. Like Ariane¡¯s thread, it is a highlight of the tasting, now that the peat has become the most present. On the retro-nasal olfaction, candied lemon, cut hay and white florals (lily, iris) bring stunning iridescent nuances to the chromatic palette. Adding its signature to the tasting, a rich, oily peat literally surges from the empty glass.