They say that great vintages often come in pairs. This is the natural partner to the 1997, although not a botrytis vintage. One of the best value wines of all vintages commercially available.
Polished. Orange/bronze with some green hints to the rim. Broad and very open on the nose. Rich and concentrated, although it lacks the finesse, power and elegance of the 1997. It’s a different style, but I’d say on today’s showing it is equal to it. There is a hint of honeycomb on the nose and palate and shows real complexity. Very pure and clean on entry with a lovely fresh acid-sweetness balance. The wine builds nicely through to a persistent finish, with notes of old Cognac and a toasty, almost oak/vanilla like profile. This is drinking well now but continues to improve.