rich, unctuous. The exceptional first nose evokes beeswax fragranced with apricot and orange. Next, it reveals very nobly expressed notes of black tea. Vinous, it then moves closer to the world of old port (candied cherry, dark chocolate) and oloroso sherry (mint leaf, salted almond, candied lemon). Increasingly medicinal (paprika, cayenne pepper), with time it becomes mystical (incense, church candle, precious wood, suspended dust). Note that orange and apricot are present from start to finish.
lively yet creamy. The very lightly reduced and oxidative (brandied cherry) attack is both ethereal and powdery (cocoa). Gradually, lime blossom honey spreads through utterly sublime notes of toast. On the mid-palate, apricot jam, orange zest and mandarine head the charge, alongside vanilla pod. The end of the palate takes a spicy road (cardamom, saffron, coriander, turmeric).
long, silky. At the start of the finish, whole squares of bitter chocolate coat the taste buds. Slender, it is underscored by oily, salty notes of earth. At the very end of the palate and on the retro-nasal olfaction, bois bandé, nutmeg and nuts (chestnut, hazelnut, sweet chestnut) pay witness to its resplendent maturity. The empty glass reveals fragrances of blood orange, candy sugar and royal jelly.