1986 Domaine Hourtica, 40%

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1986 Domaine Hourtica, 40%

Postby numen » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:53 pm

from a purchased sample (unsure how long in barrel)

Nose: The wood is all here, a little tannic, but pleasantly so, and it brings a spicy profile: cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, ground dried anise, and maybe something twiggy between mint and fennel. Some sweet cigar and resiny grape and plum jam. Candied and sugary vanilla. Then whiffs of sweetened blueberries. It's a touch sweet for me, but let's see where it goes.

Palate: What does 40% do here? Holds up decently. There's nice interplay of soft prunes, plums, grapes, and watery blackberries. It comes off with really decent oak flavors - charred ash, off cigar wrappers, sweet baking spices, and then a tannic dryness. This is nit sweet. Maybe just slightly heavy bitter oak.

Finish: Fairly well balanced and round the right age so that it keeps some fruit. Trace blue and black fruits, and some of the oak and cigar/ash quality. Really nice and has heft on the palate for this strength, though the finish does trail off relatively quickly. B

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