The edges are just beginning to crimson. Held up to the light and it's pure brilliance, deep and bloody and reflective of its character.
The nose is cedar wood and savoury with a touch of nuttiness, smokey with confit cassis compote. Potent and punchy on the front, softening as it lingers.
The palate is all the nose promises - a class Christmas claret that leaps up to the food - particularly good with the roast beef. Texture is silk and sandpaper - right at the middle of its maturity. Still some of the grip and aggression of youth but some softness creeping through. Lovely.
Tasted at Miller's Court 25/12/08