International Wine Cellar | 89
($210-$225) Bright red-ruby. Brooding, primary aromas of black fruits, licorice and leather, with a hint of espresso. Juicy and tightly wound, with somewhat bound-up flavors of black cherry and licorice. Less fleshy and ripe than the Pavie-Decesse that preceded it; gives the impression of being more "worked." Not an easy style. Finishes with slightly drying tannins.
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Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
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One of my favorites of 2003, this vintage unfortunately did not show nearly as well as the previous. Aromas of incense, Asian spice and a lot of heat were immediate impressions, and the palate exposed the over-extraction w/ a lack of expected fat and unctuous sensations that this wine typically brings to the table. There was little charm and the tannins concluded w/ a chalky texture that punctuated the woody flavors of the wine. It seems that 2003 played right into Perse?s hands w/ this particular style of a micro-cuvee, but that type of vinification doesn'tseem to work w/ the 2004 set of climactic conditions. I hope the palate will fill out in time (could be another example of the irregular showings in the 'Pavie phenomenon').