We had a Clos Saint Vincent Saint Emilion 2002 at the weekend. It looked thick and dark, with an almost overpowering smell of fresh cut wood. The tannins were ripe and soft and the fruit did fight it’s way through with a forward guard of blackcurrants, but they did struggle.
It needed a little time to relax, so we put it aside. Once it had had a little time it was altogether friendlier, the blackcurrants were rich and velvety. The wood had settled into a softer vanilla sweetness and some plummy juiciness was set free. A liquorice spiciness followed on for a long finish.
Clos Saint Vincent is a very good wine, I’ll just remember to give it some time to breathe next time.