The 2016 La Couspaude has a backward bouquet of grippy black fruit and a touch of chocolate mint chip. The palate is super-sweet and tarry on the entry, displaying dense black fruit, cloying sweetness and heavy-handed toasty oak on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2028
Tasted blind. Quite interesting and spicy on the nose. One of the few wines in this flight which seems to have almost enough fruit to overwhelm the (considerable) tannin. Lowish acidity and not quite enough stuffing.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040
Robert Parker 86
The 2016 La Couspaude had a slightly smudged bouquet: blueberry and redcurrant fruit, a light floral scent just behind. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth entry, quite gamey compared to others with possibly just a touch of brettanomyces towards the animally finish. Hopefully this will gain more clarity by the time it is bottled and then it may warrant a higher score.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035