This wine was controversial on release due to its ripeness and size.  At age 16, it is still a big wine but starting to settle down a bit.  Just a bit.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, toast, spice, black pepper and leather.  Full bodied.  Wonderful velvety/jammy texture.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Firm tannins.  Lots of black raspberry and cassis, some blueberries with spice and underlying leather.  It certainly may be atypical from St. Emilion or even Bordeaux but is is excellent.  Still young, it is not yet at peak (another ten to fifteen years) and seems like it will last another thirty to fifty years.  It drinks great on its own and will need a big meaty dish to stand up to it.  

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