Prematurely woken, but already suave and rewarding, even for a less regarded vintage. Deep, dark and brooding, it feels complete. Blackcurrant, rose wood, dried herbs, it smells pleasingly fatty. . . Enveloping and expected. . . Lush, rich, seamless and long; tobacco leaf and inky vigour. I'm looking forward to day 2.
Day 2 remains - left overnight in original bottle, no argon - better, unsurprisingly, meaty, long, the tannins more empathic and persuasive.