Deep red-ruby. A touch of reduction slightly mutes the extremely primary aromas of purple berries, black cherry and menthol. Then wonderfully round, spicy and sweet, in a surprisingly extroverted style, with boysenberry, black raspberry, chocolate and licorice flavors complemented by a seductive smoky quality. This impressively thick, broad wine delivers outstanding palate coverage without any undue weight. "My style," notes Grivot, who seeks to make elegant wines "with no brutality." He does two to five gentle pigeages per cuvée, more to break the berries and extend the fermentations than merely for the purposes of greater extraction. The extremely long, rising finish features plush tannins. These vines range in age from 20 to 90 years, with the average age around 50, according to Grivot.
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