Opened and allowed to breathe for 10 hours, decanted for sediment and served. That seemed to be about the right amount of air. This was drinking well but still has years left of course. Purple in color. The nose has that traditional funk but a lot blew off quickly when poured into the glass. Also, plenty of cassis, some cigar and a bit of cherry. On the palate, this has nice balance. Cassis, tobacco and earthiness on the palate. Tastes like classic Bordeaux. Has tight layering that unwinds in the glass. Worked with with dinner. Nice finish. Everything it should have been.