Too young

The 1995 of this has been drinking marvellously over the past couple of years, I was rather surprised by this.

Côte-Rôtie 1997, Jasmin

The nose has very strong youthful Syrah beetroot characters. Also prune and some dark fruit. It smells very young. The palate is tight and closed. Not hard tannins but the fruit is locked up in a youthful core. It opened up a bit with vigorous oxygenation, but was basically really tight and backward. This wine is clearly still too young to drink, much to my surprise. I’ll have to keep my other bottle for a few more years. It is a shame it was so tight, I was in the mood for something giving and charming.

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