I really like the review that was recently listed for this wine, as it pretty well sums up my two main approaches and experiences to and of wine.
“The overwhelming characteristic of this wine is one of dryness which dominates both the palate and finish. Quite a pleasing and complex nose of forest floor aromas, lead pencils, herbs, but lacking generosity on the palate. Fruit is not much in evidence and generally diminishes the wine. The price would seem to be more a reflection of age than current quality. A wine of interest rather than pleasure and undoubtedly better with food than without.”
Ideally, I think that all of us would opt for both but a lot of the time, particularly, at the £30+ mark, I find myself reflecting that it was interesting, more than it was enjoyable. I term these wines as intellectual ones, rather than wines for pure enjoyment, perhaps not dissimilar to how I view some novels; ‘War and Peace’ for example, versus many of Graham Greene’s novels.
As I reflect, it does seem that most of the wines that I remember for their enjoyment tend towards the less than £25 price range, with the more expensive ones being memorable but more so because they were more intellectually stimulating, with the occasional exception. Do others here, feel the same way?