Lots of lush, fat peach aromas and flavors. Some summer flower hints also to start with a faint hint of spearmint. Ripe peach dominates the palate to start, with some lemon coming though at the very end. Moderate acidity or minerality coming through, this is most likely best now through 2018.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
Fourth time I have had this wine this year and i continue to be surprised how accessible and pleasurable it is at this youthful stage in its development. Dense black fruit aromas with some tarragon and cloves. Blackberry and black cherry flavors, very dense, slightly compact. Firm structure tells me this wine will show well for a long time (two decades going forward?) but doesn't dominate the fruit and spice flavors through to a long, powerful finish.
France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Decanted 45-60 minutes before tasting. Lots of dense black fruit aromas, hints of cassis, new oak, espresso and licorice. Powerful and dense on palate, with great fruit freshness and concentration. Long, spicy finish. Really sensational now, getting better and better with more time in glass, so probably just entering its peak drinking window.
Popped and poured. Some musty and pre-maturely earthy aromas to start in front on black fruit with plenty of oak spice. More interesting flavors with dense black fruit, somewhat backward, dense and somewhat brooding. This didn't change much in glass over approximately one hour, but it would have been more interesting to revisit this once open 3 or 4 hours.
Big and sweet black fruit aromas with plenty of oak and liqueur hints. Very engaging black fruit on palate with a fat, lush character. If tasted blind, I could have thought this New world based on its lushness, but there is a classically Bordeaux elegance on finish. Still, this is very "2003"...not my favorite vintage. Others liked this more than I did today.