Tim York wrote:Savigny-les-Beaune La Dominode 1996 - Jean-Marc Pavelot – Alc.13% . 18 months ago, just after a cold, I described a bottle of this as a very nice medium/light linear and elegant Burgundy with still bright fruit, lively acidity and minerals; 16/20++.. This time I have the impression of more weight and depth though the rest of the description applies. Very good 16.5/20.
Madiran “Cuvée des Vieux Ceps – élevée en fûts de chêne” 1998 – Château Barréjat, Denis Capmartin – Alc.12.5% - was even better than a bottle 4 years ago showing typical Madiran virility with sturdy body and structure, good depth and length, raspberry, leather and clay notes and a less typically Madiran touch of sweet graciousness. The formerly noticeable polished wood patina has become almost imperceptible. Excellent 17/20.
Mark Lipton wrote: From your description, this Madiran sounds a bit modern?
Tim York wrote:Mark Lipton wrote: From your description, this Madiran sounds a bit modern?
Yes, it is. However, it was beginning to work well after 11 years and at 15 even better, IMO, though I can imagine that, say, Otto might still find too many oak traces.
There is a theory around that "modern" and "traditional" styles start to converge after a decade in bottle. In particular Victor de la Serna claims this about Rioja where a fairly long track record exists for "moderns". I wonder about Bordeaux; admirers of Perse's Pavie and the like claim that they will age beautifully but I think that it is too soon to be sure.
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