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Distinct aroma of dusty old wood, Beaujolais red wine, blackberry jam, toffee, indeed the spiciness of vermouth (even a hint of Martini Rosso), green apples, freshly baked grey bread, prunes, fresh sage, warm red wine, dried thyme, marmite, candied orange peel. Sweetish onset though less so than expected, estery, fried plums, old raisins, grape peel, surrounded by an underlying green apple- and elderberry-like sourishness as well as a brown game stock-like umami touch; very soft carbonation, full, 'moelleux', bit resinous and somewhat 'powdery' mouthfeel. Thick layer of caramelly, brown-bready, pecan-nutty and eventually very lightly toasty malts, dryish, with that ongoing undercurrent of blackberry-like sourness adding further dryness - soon aided by astringent tannins and the expected vermouth effect, which manifests itself as a sweet-and-sourish, spicy, vinous effect, a bit citric even in the end, or even an impression of sour pear syrup. Finishes with warming alcohol, spiciness, bready yeastiness, tannic woodiness, dustiness, estery fruitiness and that green apple-like effect. Very complex as expected, but to me much more a challenge than the Cuvée d'Erpigny variants they also made recently; in a certain way, this feels like a very strong, very unusual 'oud bruin', and looking at it like that, it becomes a lot more interesting.
Cuvée de Mortagne aged for 9 months on vermouth barrels.
Article number: FBBTM073