Domaine Jean Grivot
$40.99 [$63.99] -- Twin Liquors, Austin, TX
Color: Medium, smoky strawberry peach
Nose: Strawberry, grilled ribeye, ...
Front: Sour cherry
Middle: Broccoli, pencil lead
Back: Substantial tannins, raspberry
Burns clean?: Yes
The flavor description above is utterly phantasmic. This wine evolved in fascinating ways over the course of about five hours. I didn't decant it; just left it in the bottle, and started drinking it after it had been open about two hours. At two hours it was spicy and meaty; at four hours it was passive and graphitic; who knows what it will be like five minutes after I hit "Publish Post."
I got this puppy on sale, and at the price I got it for, it's divine. Given how long it's been open and how the flavors are still roiling around, I'd have to guess it can age for much longer; so it may eventually be worthy of the top price for it. Usually I don't rank things against each other, but at this price, I think it's important to note that I enjoyed the Pieure Roch more than this from a complexity and general "what the hell is going on in this bottle?!" standpoint.
Note: Day 2 on this wine; open a total of 9-10 hours: roasted fig, olives, cranberry, thyme. Ferreal. This thing will age for some time; like, 5-10 more years.