Appearance : topaz
Nose : rich, well-developed. The superbly oxidative (apricot, ripe pineapple) and herbaceous (tobacco leaf, bay leaf) first nose evokes a d¨¦cor of antique wood. Oak, musk, toasted walnut and turpentine aromas make a solid contribution to the quality of this aromatic introduction. Next, fresh fruits (apple, plum), milk chocolate and salted butter caramel symbolize a second very fresh sequence of aromas. Much later, plants (verbena), noble spices (nutmeg, clove) and exotic fruits (mango, guava) leave their signature.
Palate : vigorous, dynamic. On the attack, hydrocarbon flavours (macadam, tar) create a solid base for wildflowers (daisy, dandelion), vanilla pod, toffee, various spices (cinnamon, star anise, black pepper) and coriander. The particularly juicy mid-palate invites us to bite into whole bunches of black grapes. A sweet liqueur of macerated fruits seasoned with saffron then floods the palate. At the end of the palate, a new fruit – plantain banana – arrives on centre-stage.
Overall : long, balanced. Full of serenity and grandeur, the start of the finish highlights the very delicate mouthfeel. Cocoa powder mixes with cinnamon and candied apricot. Very mineral (lava, manganese), it gradually covers the palate in essential oils (eucalyptus, geranium, ylang ylang, English lavender). On the retro-nasal olfaction, various exotic fruits (banana, pineapple) return in force to the centre-stage. The very compact empty glass will remind enthusiasts of a bloc of peat overflowing with seaweed and mineral salts.