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Author: Robert Parker
Issue: # E2003
The 1994 seems less successful than my early tastings indicated. The high percentage of Mourvedre (40% versus the normal 30%) has given it an earthy, leathery character with hints of mushrooms and tree bark. Although dense and chewy, it remains tannic and firm. It will keep for two decades, but it is not a hedonistic example and how much pleasure it will provide remains to be seen.
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Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/01/2010
Drink Dates: 2004-2015
Best bottle yet (there has been some bottle variability). Earlier bottles showed a bigger wine in body than the profound '89, but not as complex or elegant; now it has developed more elegance & complexity; intense but not over-extracted; good fruit; lots of earth & leather but not much bret; soft and approachable yet good grip and integrated tannins; long finish; ready now but will hold. An excellent CDP!
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/08/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2009
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