I’ve got a box of this Saint-Estéphe cru bourgeios down in the basement, and when we last opened a bottle about two years ago the tannins were so sharp it was nearly undrinkable. Now they’ve calmed down, and the flavor profile is darkening, drifting toward chocolate and smoke and blackberries.
The wine is noticeably brown, going into the glass, and I’m guessing it doesn’t have a lot of time left. I’m going to have to pick up the pace of consumption before the midpalate disappears entirely. It is, as it sits right now, a very nice wine, a right-down-the-middle Bordeaux that is somehow sleek and velvety at the same time. I decanted it for an hour before drinking.