Colour: dark mahogany. Nose: much less winey, and much more chocolaty at first nosing. It remains a little flat and sort of mat during a few seconds, before the sherry starts to wake up (or is it my nose?) A very subtle sherry at that, with no ‘sweet’n’sour’ notes at all. Peony, lilac… and always lots of chocolate. Nice notes of praline, whisky fudge (sure, sure…) Italian coffee… Feint hints of Worcester sauce. Really beautiful and, again, no lumpiness at all. Mouth: oh, so much better at first sip! Much creamier, sweeter and smoother, even if again, there’s lots of sherry in there. Lots of caramel (somewhat in the Bailey’s style – sorry Luc), chocolate, burnt praline, candy sugar… Lots of balsamic vinegar as well, and even black truffle! (And God knows how much I love truffles). Hints of Grand-Marnier (but the Cuvée du Centenaire) and even Bénédictine, yellow Chartreuse, Jägermeister. Okay, perhaps it gets a little too drying after a while, as the tannins start to ‘stick the tongue to the palate’, as we say. The finish is very long, that is, mainly on some great notes of blackcurrant liqueur. A cute little sherry monster, this one! 90 points.