Brilliant medium ruby out to a wide pink edge tinges with amber. Instant wet-concrete funk followed immediately by more of the same flabby tar, burnt leather and heavy spice found on a couple of last night’s cheap BDX experiments. Nutmeg, chili powder and paper dust.
It is not terrible to smell, it just seems so California, so extracted, so 13-5 and toying with oxidation in its obesity. Like at least one of last night’s three, this reminds me of cheaper IGT–hot and extracted with a good dose of Merlot. Lots of winery magic-wand bullshit up front and absolutely NO substance.
Yesterday’s are [HERE] [HERE] and [HERE] <–the latter the only one which reminded me of classic cheap BDX–thin, brittle, and acidic. A nice woodsy funk brings this one somewhere back into the middle between these two styles.
In the mouth, thin and bitter from the get-go, with none of what you thought might have been promising dark fruit. The *woodsy* turns green tree-bark astringent and the whole thing wanders off down a chemically trail. A little torn on this one. I think it might settle down.
2012 ROC DE LUSSAC Lussac St Emilion Bordeaux 13.0