Two bottles opened the other day for a family dinner.
1997 Château Soutard
This St Emilion keeper has almost always impressed me, regardless of vintage. I have never tasted the 97 so I thought that it was time to open a bottle. The nose is of a classic mature Bordeaux, with fine notes of autumn leaves, tobacco and leather, but there is also a fine scents of plum, asphalt and dark flowers. On the verge of maturity.
The taste is dry and warm with notes of ripe red and black currants, road dust, forest floor, sun baked earth and dried flowers. Long. Ends on a dry note. More marked by the vintage on the palate. I would opt to drink any remaining bottles sooner than later.
88p (tasted 2018/11)
1997 Brunello di Montalcino Val di Suga, Tenimenti Angelini
Haven´t tasted the 97 Val di Suga before, I am impressed when I sniff and sip. The nose is big, warm and focused with lovely notes of black cherries, rosemary, warm Tuscan gravel, violets and fine floral scents. A very fine maturity.
The taste is round, generous and inviting with notes of dried cherries, raspberry licorice, violet pastilles, asphalt and pipe tobacco. Long lasting and dense in the mouth, with a spark of acidity and some remaining tannins that compelles you to take another sip.
92p (tasted 2018/11)