2004 Clos l’Église (Pomerol) (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)

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Bordeaux, France, Libournais, Merlot, Pomerol, Red Wine

Bought 2 bottles of this during a weekend special sale for $35. And it was definitely a mistake to only buy 2 bottles. Nose shows dark berry fruit, tobacco, tar, earth and violets. On the palate, this retains its dark fruit profile, but the texture is lighter on its feet than the nose and color would make one believe. More silk than velvet. It has cherry and dark chocolate on the palate with an iodine and meaty flavor intermixed. Wonderful freshness with respect to the acidity. Finishes exceptionally well and it’s just a terrific wine, especially with food. I drank this at the Austin neighborhood restaurant “Asti” tonight to accompany a dish of homemade Tagliatelle and Lamb al Sugo. Great pairing and I highly recommend this wine. Can be consumed now with some decanting, but it will be in its ideal window in 5 more years and keep for many years after that.

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