M. Clavel himself says on the bottle "Can age for 20 years" so I should have listened.
It was only a modest priced bottle, so I may pick up another and cellar it just to see waht happens.
Don't get me wrong-the wine began opening up nicely. But, as I had to drive over the Bay Bridge to San Francisco for the concert, I had to limit myself to what (and how much) I was imbibing-and the Bordeaux won out big time.
I'm new to Bordeaux, and the big, powerful, sock me in the eyes savoury nose was a surprise to me. I wondered at first if the wine was corked or spoiled, but it wasn't at all. I've got another couple of bottles from the same wine shop, so I'll trust the proprietor to steer me right. I also have a '96 Margaux (definitely not top tier!) to try as well.
I live in the county east of Napa, and I do love some Napa wines, but I'm really enjoying the wines that the makers describe as "French Style" be they Californian or actual French. I loved Clos du Val-I totally disagree with Wine Enthusiast last month!!!
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