Just got up about 40 minutes ago, feeling dehydrated. I must have drank a lot last night. Ok, let's get to it. Gushing a bit in the previous 3 posts, no?
This was the star of our meal. 2000 Chateau Franc-Maillet, AC Pomerol. I had high expectations, because I didn't want to look like an ass in front of my guests and this was one of the more expensive wines I've had this year.
Deep purple, saturated to the rim. The nose was gorgeous - dark fruits, smoky earth, bramble, herbs.....so complex. It's an intense wine on the palate - not rich by any means but very focussed. Packs a punch as well. Fantastic transition to a long, berry-tinged finish. Absolutely delicious. Would benefit from more aging, this wine is not ready to drink yet.
I decanted everything, so that helped. JC loved it. This isn't a fruit-forward Pomerol many of us expected. It's a complex, intense, classic claret that continued to evolve and whisper throughout the meal.