1986 Château Simone Palette - France, Provence, Palette (9/19/2013)
Popped and decanted, then left to breathe as we finished off some Lassaigne Champagne, this was aromatically gorgeous from the get go. Heady aromas of meat, iron and herbal notes danced with sour red fruits, however the palate was all blood and guts, with those red fruits poking up through the disjointed whole. With some vigorous swirling (is there any other kind?), it began to come together, and seemed to settle down into a gorgeous mix of fruit, earth and blood, very Southern yet not at the same time. Much more delicate than anticipated, with soft tannins and a mid-length finish, and a very pretty mouthfeel.
I found it really interesting how the contrasts between what I expected, where it’s from, and what it actually ended up tasting like played out on the palate.
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