Unfortunately, this wasn’t what prior bottles have been. As is usual for Henri Bonneau’s bottlings, this was filled very high into the neck (right below the cork), and as a result, it had seeped. I am not sure if heat was involved, or if slight oxidation from the seeping was the culprit, but the wine seemed prematurely aged. The fruit had less depth than usual, but the wine was still showing hints of greatness. Tell-tale balance and freshness, wonderful red cherry fruit, garrigue, and milk chocolate. Tons of earth and dried herbs. Finish and fruit lacked the intensity and verve I usually adore in this wine. Alas…one more left.