The 2008 Clarets (Jul 2011)

Red-ruby. Musky, expressive aromas of mocha, smoke, menthol, black olive, underbrush and herbs. A sweet, silky midweight with a strong streak of acidity running through the moderately ripe flavors of currant, black cherry, herbs and minerals. Not hugely ripe but nicely fine-grained. Quite suave but rather ungiving today–and not yet delivering on its complex nose.