On hols and tried the 96 La Turque. Sommelier opened at 6.15pm and we started drinking at 8.15pm. Vanilla totally dominated the nose! It faded slightly as the usual bacon fat, meat and red cherries tried to get a look in. By 9pm caramel was competing with the vanilla but by 9.30pm the fruit was fading, exposing dry tannins.
Has anyone experienced anything like this before? I assumed a 96 would be approaching 'last orders' but not 'last rites'?
We started with the 97 Le Meal Blanc, great rec by the Som. So complex with exotic mix of orange marmalade, candied fruit, peaches, pears, spice. Having another bottle tonight!
Chave 95 lovely. Tannins perfectly integrated, lovely fresh fruit, perfect balance - absolutely in the zone albeit not a powerhouse.
The 95 La Mouline absolutely different planet to the Turque. Ticked all the boxes - complex floral nose of earthy bacon fat, cherries and red fruits. Delicious opulent silky fresh fruits.
Bit more complex than the Chave and my preference altho I loved the Chave.
The Chapoutier Le Meal took over 5 hours to open up and the tannins soften. Turned into a lovely wine but a bit muted compacted to the others, however reflected in the price.
So far Mouline 95 the runaway winner and La Turque 96 a long way behind in last place.