Tuesday Night Double Blind $80+ (Bin 75): Dark brick core with large rusty rim, sediment; aged, tobacco, leather, ash, green pepper, leaner fruit, currant; silky texture on the palate, celery seed, currant, cranberry, leather, sweet medicinal finish, sandy tannin, cedar; the ripeness that was lead me to an older Californian like Dominus, thought it was older than '90; once revealed I was very disappointed in this bottle as this wine blew me away the last time, very stark difference from the last one.
Lush nose with lots of sweet ripe fruits, more fruits in the palate, velvety texture, elegant, so beguiling and flattering, very "Conseillante" and very 1990. like most great 90s (with the exception of Latour) in perfect drinking window right now, no hard edges or tannins, just pure pleasure. First some small hints of dryness in the finish (after 2 hrs double decanted), and, like "dream" mentioned already in the previous TN, the finish was a bit subdued, it should have been more inspiring and more concentrated. Due to my experience with elder Conseillantes and 90-Bdxs, I fear this is not a question of time, but a result of the hot Merlot-vintage, very similar with Evangile 90. Still some more well-stored bottles in the cellar, so the further examination of this question will be a pleasure. Drink now-2020?
Burdigala - a beautiful, full Pomerol that's in perfect balance and harmony although remains fairly subdued on the finish. There are lovely flavors of dark plums, violets and bitter chocolate but I kept swirling the glass looking for something more. Perhaps out of magnum it needs more time.
cheers - I've been lucky enough to drink a few really special wines, wines that are greater than any verbal or written description....wines that are so delicious you wish everyone could experience what you're enjoying. I did expect this wine to be excellent; I didn't expect it to be phenomenal. It is. If you can find some 1990, grab it. Whatever it costs, it's worth it.
Another stunning showing for this beautiful Pomerol… With flowers, black raspberry, cocoa and truffle on the nose, the wine is silky, soft, sensuous and sexy ending with sweet, fresh, opulent berries that really feel great on your palate.
I love pomerol, deep dark earthy purple fruits, fantastic balance, this goes on a long long time......I loved the early peek at this, I think I am supposed to buy more of this to enjoy when I am old, it will out live me!!!!!!
(Blind) Klar, dyp rød med innslag av oransje. Mild, floral nese med mørke, røde bær, roseblader, treverk og blekk. Hint av jord og toner av TCA. Mildt strukturert frukt med god intensitet. Lett sødme. Komplekst aromabilde. Frisk syre. Elegante, finkornede tanniner i utgang. Fin lengde med lett bitre toner. Ikke ødelagt, men heller ikke topp flaske dette.
1990 Bordeaux Horizontal: Wonderful sweet-and sour smell, spice, deep fruit; Alas, only moderate body but good length, merely a hint of sweetness. Slim and elegant. There was a hint of TCA initially which grew in the glass and dominated the fruit after a while. Thus, there should be considerably better bottles out there.
HDH '90 vs '00 BDX Comparative Tasting (Chicago, IL - Spiaggia): Second time with this wine and it did not disappoint. Certainly held it's own with Cheval Blanc, with a little pepper mixed in the cab franc dominated nose. Potentially a little less complex than the Cheval Blanc, but the fruit was a little fresher without the pruney/potentially over-ripe notes. Fantastic wine. A/A+
Tasted blind, this wine had a red/purple center with oranging rims. The high- intensity nose of black cherries, brown spices, clay soil, also showed a hint of honey.
In the mouth, this was quite refined with rounded tannins, lovely balance and good length. The texture was attractive and silky. While this wine looked pretty mature, it kept getting better in the glass which is a pretty sure sign that it would benefit from some additional time in the bottle.
While it is hard to tell where this is going, I would tend to bet on it gaining a point or two with time.
A night of Bordeaux as Tom Reddick pays a return visit to NYC. (Le Philosophe.): Last wine of the night and the wine of the night. It's a full throttle, peacock of wine that is out there flamboyantly strutting its stuff. Intensely aromatic and showing plenty of ripe black plums, black currants, black raspberry and black cherry fruit with floral notes, coffee and mineral on both the nose and palate. There's some toasty oak that still needs to integrate a bit further, but the wine is nicely balanced. Really long and pleasurable in the mouth and just a joy to drink. A.
This is one of those wines that you don't want to drink because then you can't smell it any more. A phenomenal, kaleidoscopic, 100-point aroma. The palate is silky and almost weightless. A fabulous Pomerol, at peak.
Enjoyed this beauty with rack of lamb and what a treat. This had a beautiful soft earthy nose that allowed the dark fruit to come through. The mouth was soft yet full of flavor. To me the blueberry to blackberries were most noticeable with but throughout dinner this evolved to include fig with small hints of black pepper on the finish. What a bottle!! Drink them up as they are really good right now.
This wine has a lovely nose that shows classic Bordeaux character and good depth. The palate is medium-bodied and complex, balanced and yet a touch too much ripeness – not stewy but a bit vague, not sharp. Despite that this is a pleasing wine. (H2O Mill)
Medium dark red-garnet. Young, effusively fruity nose, blueberry and blackberry jams, fresh ground coffee (Guatemalan), cedar, camphor and floral notes I can't pin down. On arrival, silky smooth with very fine-grained tannin appearing over our three hour lunch. Flavors grow stronger with air, with mints and blackberry most prominent. Luscious wine and wonderfully-matched to oak-grilled rosemary stuffed leg of lamb and garlic-tarragon spinach salad. Bottle #1 of one.
Another phenomenal bottle. Similar to the last, but with more spice. What an excellent wine. The nose of violets and blue fruit jumped from the bottle as soon as we pulled the cork. The fill was well into the neck. This was flamboyant, sexy, elegant yet powerful with wonderful floral notes, red and blue fruit, a bit of spice and a great underlying structure. It was pretty and delicate with great sweet fruit. Wonderfully long texture that leaves sweet fruit at the end. Love this Chateau and I've never had a better example of this wine.
Black raspberries, cocoa powder, flowers, cherries, truffle and earthy scents created the aromatics. On the palate, this is pure silk and velvet. The sensuous finish ends with sweet, ripe, cherries and plums with just a hint of dark chocolate. This is probably close to fully mature. There is no reason to wait to pop a cork.
Super Bowl 2013 (Cumming, GA): Cloudy, reddish-brown tint; Cigarbox, initially thought it had lost fruit, but digging further it had it in spades, tart cranberry and blueberry, sweet liqueur, gravel, ash; palate is syrupy and fat like a ripe vintage, but acid showed well; in a great place right now. Reminded me of '90 Cheval Blanc (it's neighbor 2 doors down the block).
Wow. What an excellent wine. Drank over 5 hours. Did not decant. The nose of violets and blue fruit jumped from the bottle as soon as we pulled the cork. The fill was well into the neck. This was flamboyant, sexy, elegant yet powerful with wonderful floral notes, red and blue fruit, a bit of spice and a great underlying structure. It was pretty and delicate with great sweet fruit. Wonderfully long texture that leaves sweet fruit at the end. Love this Chateau and I've never had a better example of this wine.
If silky, velvet textures, layers of opulent, juicy ripe, plums and cherries, chocolate, flowers, truffles and spice are your thing, look no further. This is drinking at the perfect sweet spot and if well stored, should continue at this level for at least another decade or two. But there is no reason to wait to pop a cork.
A beautiful, silky Pomerol that reminds me texturally of a Burgundy. So soft and carressing with flavors of black plums, dark chocolate and complex spices. I was hoping for a little more complexity on the finish but that may still come with time as this beautiful, balanced wine seems to be holding something back in reserve. 93+
Alcohol :: 13% From 375ml, pristine condition. Opened for 30mins prior to the serving. This has fully mature now, at least for this format. Absolutely intoxicating bouquet here, blackcurrant, plum, soil, cedar, leather, mint and touch of dried herbs intermixed with the surrounded floral scents. I can't help but keep putting my nose to the glass. Medium bodied, the tannin has fully resolved in this bottle. The sense of finesse and elegance this wine has to offer is adorable. I especially enjoy the pure, velvety mouth feel which formed by the complex, detail layer of juicy sweet black and red fruits, sweet herbs, savoriness and earthiness. It flows on the palate effortlessly but yet there is this inner strength for the weight and grip at the super long, savory infused juicy finish. This is drinking at its peak now and well-stored bottle will hold herself for another 5-7yrs without any problem.
89/90 Bordeaux Retrospective with Hart Davis Hart: Rich and dark on the nose, darker yet than the 89. No doubt more extracted, more lush than the former vintage but this is a case where I don't think this makes the wine more convincing - the price it pays in this case is complexity. Still an excellent wine, if a bit heavy-handed for my taste.
A beautiful floral nose filled with chocolate, boysenberry, plum, earth, spice and truffle is the first thing that grabs your attention. But not the last. Voluptuous, sexy and plush, in texture this polished, sensuous wine is drinking perfectly. If you're seeking a Pomerol that offers taster an idea of why a mature bottle of La Conseillante is special, this is it.
Perfect fill and cork. Decanted one hour and drunk over 1 hour. Surprisingly dense and dark. Looked much younger. Had this wine many times and it always benefits from 4 hours decanting, especially if it is in perfect condition. The empty decanter smelled fantastic next morning. It has an amazing density and thickness to it, especially for a wine with such low alcohol. It improved over the time we drunk it but would undoubtedly have been even better with longer decanting.
Enjoyable, but rather disappointing given the reputation/my past experience with '90 Conseillante - this comes across incredibly dense and dark fruited with chocolate and licorice accents around the core of blackcurrant and plummy flavours, conveying lots of power and richness but not showing the same depth or aromatic complexity I remember from my last experience with this.
After 1st half hour of slow ox. Nose - not full but elegant. Still abit tannic. Initial attack and early mid-palette is astringent. But significant complexity and age is evident in the later mid-palette. But also some off flavours and some medicinal flavours. And what a finish! A long long finish, with nice and different complexities emerging. After 2 hours slow ox. Nose - Nice fruit and complexity. Palette - as above, but now smoother and more delicate. Astringency in the attack and early mid-palette has lessened. Complexities evident in the later mid palette and lovely, long finish. So 93 nose, 91 attack and mid-palette and 95 finish.
Alcohol :: 13% Decanted for about 60mins. Garnet core with brown rim, still vibrant and bright. The aromas started off shy and soft, but slowly revealed in the glass. It is highly aromatic, intense, elegance and seductive with layer and layer of sweet red fruits, blackberry, plum, leather, truffle, dried rose petal as well as mild herbs and spices that completed the gorgeous, highly complex aromatic profile. Similar to the nose, the palate also quite shy and show some lushness and long but not truly remarkably long finish, just yet. About 20mins later, the palate has intensified that offered incredible depth and richness that filled in the mouth and flow through the palate with care. This was so elegance, sexy with it's gentle inner perfume, super lush mouth feel and the silky smooth texture. I really like this stage as this juice still possess very pure, bright and large scale of fruits and acidity that added a light dose of secondary note of truffle, dried flower and leather for the complexity as well as harmony. The tannin is sweet and melting that leads to the detail, complex finished that just non-stop lingering in the mouth. Very fine, a complete wine that just hit the peak and would probably continued to evolve for another few years and drink well over a decade. 94-95+
For years, the sublime 1989 La Conseillante was my favorite wine of this exalted duo. Eventually that shifted to a coin toss. Over the past few years, the 1990 La Conseillante has continued improving and is now the better of the two vintages. Filled with licorice, flowers, plums, chocolate and black raspberry, this opulent Pomerol borders on decadence. Polished, sexy, lush and delicious, this could even get a little better with more time.
A pristine bottle, this was decanted and became much more expressive over the course of several hours. To my taste however, it is not quite fully mature. This wine has such a massive structure and solid but fine tannins that I think even more complexity lurks beneath. Full bodied on the palate with ripe blackberries, plums, dark chocolate, coffee, earth, truffle and cigar box.
Splash decanted and drank over 2.5 hours. Still a very dark ruby color with no visible lightening at the edges. At first, reticent aromas of plums, exotic herbs and coffee, which opened up considerably with time. Dense and seamless on the palate, with dark berries and chocolate and a hint of sweet tobacco. Very long on the finish, with very fine-grained tannins still very much in evidence. Frankly, I was shocked at how unevolved this bottle was. Will improve with another 5 or more years of cellaring. A sensuous Pomerol that appears to be just entering its drinking window.
Christophe comes to town; 6/12/2011-6/14/2011 (NYC): Slow ox'ed for a 3-4 hours, it needed more air: into the decanter for another couple of hours. I was shocked by the prominence of Cab Franc -- I didn't realize there was any before tasting. I was also surprised by how restrained and relatively unevolved it seemed. All that said, it was a very lovely bottle. Tobacco, black fruits, clean earth, opening up on the palate but with plenty of room to grow.
I have had another bottle of this recently that seemed a little tired. But THIS bottle was everything La Conseillante should be at this age. Luscious, complex, aromatic, beautiful mouth feel ... simply great old bordeaux.
Bordeaux night in San Antonio (Home of David B.): Decanted 1-2hrs prior to drinking. An amazing experience. Exotic nose, with mint/eucalyptus and tobacco leaf with sweet red fruits underneath. A wine you could smell all night. The flavors continued over a concentrated palate, with soft integrated tannins that coat the mouth leaving a impressively long, very complex finish of spice, tabocco leaf with a paper-like quality. Very youthful, though I have trouble imagining a wine this good getting better, but it certainly won’t fade soon. Exotic flavor profile as I’ve never experienced a Pomerol like this. Profound with complexity that sneaks up on you. 95-96
1990 Bordeaux at Fabio's: At a big 1990 Bordeaux horizontal... Takes a little while to come to life, but once open, lovely notes of black tea, freshness… better depth than the Fleur with a some sour cherry… overall, a light palate presence, very smooth. Very complex bouquet. I was definitely in the minority in thinking is merely excellent rather than other worldly. Others liked it even more than I.
Filled with fresh, ripe plum, chocolate, spice, floral and truffle aromas. This elegant, suave, plush, sexy wine feels like polished silk and velvet as it flows over your palate, The finish is filled with chocoalte covered plums & black raspberries. This wine might improve, but there is no reason to wait It delivers a sublime drinking experience today. The wine remained at the same high level for over two hours in the glass & bottle.
STG Bordeaux (Eric's): My favorite of the flight, and my favorite bordeaux to date. It appeared more oak-infused and more intense than the 1989, though the palate retained some green edges reminiscent of the earlier vintage. I tasted bacon and perfectly ripened black fruits, overlaid with cardamom toast, as the palate morphed continuously over the tongue. It's hard to imagine a more complete or perfect wine.
Surprisingly Cabernet Franc-like on the nose upon opening, with fresh herbal and tobacco flavours and a little leathery funk. With air this really fleshes out and develops, with a core of cassis and berried fruit and savoury earthy, leather, herbal and exotic spicy notes around it. Still quite youthful with lots of power and richness in the mouth, and a solid tannin spine suggesting this has plenty of time ahead of it still - but it's delicious now.
Woof, this is one heck of a wine. Right from the moment we popped the cork there is a spicy, stalky, stemmy, funky, Cab Franc-ish thing that just drives me wild. As this airs the stalk note gets stronger, and the palate gets more full, plush and spicy. Silk, spice, stalk, cigar, cherry, chocolate ... damn this is sexy stuff, wow!!!
Misc Bordeaux 1990 tasting - Martin: Nose: Sewer and black currant/fruit. After a while it also shows curry? The nose does seem to lack a little bit of intensity. The palate has a well-rounded dark plum fruit with just a hint of black currant, curry and a little apple.. Showing some minerals, gravel, but overall a somewhat sweet wine with a lot of spices. To me it seems to lack a little acidity to really pull it all together. Others were more excited about this wine than me?
Bordeaux 1990 - 20 years later (Martins office): Browning to orange color. Intense nose with plums, fruit tobacco, carry paste and orange peel. Very intense on the palate with rounded juicy fruit, blackcurrant and lots of delicious plum. On the midpalate and finish it adds fruit tobacco, dates and cigar box to the mix. Great length. This one stood a bit out of the left-bank line up with it more spicy and exotic notes, but none the less great character and exciting to drink.
Inizialmente troppo verde e peperonoso, poi si pulisce e comincia una progressione tra la più entusiasmanti mai sentite, con cuoio e tabacco come trait d'union di sentori minerali, terrosi e balsamici. Bocca succosissima e ricca di tannini morbidi e fitti, molto lunga
I found this quite straitlaced and a little disappointing. Certainly, pretty much everyone agreed that it was floored by the 89 in this tasting. Nice balance, attractive red fruits but frankly a bit simple.
my first encounter with the 1990 after years of enjoying the 89 (another tremendous wine). bouquet was wonderfully expressive with black cherry, spices and oak. in the mouth it's very opulent: plum and cherry, and quite concentrated. not much structure or grip so if you're looking for that deduct a couple points but i find it incredibly seductive. i think it's reaching its peak and has a nice life ahead
My wine of the night in a pretty impressive group of wines that consisted of wines from Coche, R Voerzio, Soldera etc. This bottle was bought on futures and perfectly stored and it showed. The wine is singing but it had years to go.
This exploded from the glass with scents of violets, bitter chocolate, fresh herbs, black raspberries, plums, cherries, fig, exotic spices and spring flowers. Rich, concentrated, opulent, flashy textures play in your mouth. There is ample acidity giving it lift that perfectly meshes with a core of ripe, fat, sexy, fleshy fruit that coats your palate. Sweet, ripe, juicy plums are all over the place in the :40 finish. This is pure silk, velvet and decadence. For the first 2 decades of life, I found the 89 to be a better wine. Not any more.
Garnet. Odd nose that was all over the place. Black fruits, tobacco, vanilla. I couldn't really get a handle on it. Others liked it better than me. Taste was an older mellow Bordeaux, kinda hard to place where it was from.
I keep scratching my head with this wine. There is a consistent vegetal streak in it that is beyond my enjoyable threshold for Pyrazines. This is an elegant style with some finesse and complexity. tonight's wine is showing a bit more maturity than previous ones we had over the last 2 years. Others seem to like this style yet l my biggest problem remains that herbacial green bell pepper that i just can't get past
Brought to Acker BYO at Tribeca Grill - Not as good as the bottle at the Big 4-0, which I attribute to lack of time in the decanter. Still very nice. Sweet vanilla, touch of spice, some tobacco, and tomato. Unequaled balance. More feminine than the '89 and actually went well with fish.
The Big "Four-O": 40+ Wines for 40 Years: This was the surprise winner of the blind tasting. It has the in your face dark fruit and spice of a Right Banker, no lead pencil here. Dark cherry, raspberry, blackberry, smoke, and spice. Big body, long finish, just a singing bottle tonight.
Cult Californians Wine Tasting (Crown Wine Cellars, Hong Kong): Deep red translucent colour. A perfumed light nose showing blackberries and blueberries......rather Burgundian in its lightness and delicacy. Very complex on the palate with a contradictory combination of light ethereal sensations combined with dense, multi-dimensional underlying depth that unfurls slowly like a dance of a thousand veils. Tons of fruit still. Great length and resonance. Quite silence-creating. I love this and fascinating to drink it alonside the 1986 Cheval Blanc..
Fully saturated cork does not bode well for good condition. No offputting smell however. The color is deep with only the hint of burt orange at the rim. Good upfront attack of concentrated dark cherries and plums. Luxurious palate and a plush mouthfeel on the mid palate followed by an interesting piquante spice. Unfortunately, the finish falls flat and the structure dominates leaving a spikey sensation to a degree that I have never experienced before. This has obviously benn mared by less than pure povenance. Im not sure if it is slightly cooked or just beginning to oxidize. Quite a shame really because that obviously had the stuffing of a great wine at one time.
The second of two bottles, both purchased at Crown many years ago, I opened at home. The first was corked. Luckily this one came through with that raspberry essence, sense of sweetness without being actually sweet; juicy and sexy. Not the concentration or intensity for great but I'd be happy to drink this any night.
This kicks off with a core of ripe, rich, black fruit. Almost chewy on the palate. Full bodied with a beautiful finish of dark chocolate, covered cherries. Close to fully mature. More structured and less evolved than the 89, but not as plush or hedonistic. It will age longer, but it's slightly firmer and a bit less sexy in style. Still, it's an amazing treat I'd happily drink anytime.
deep ruby with slightly orange rim, first dominating smell of new wood, bacon, smoke, then blueberry, raspberries, cherries and spices, graphite, cedar. In Top-Form after 6h in the Decanter, never ending aftertaste, very intense but without heaviness, round and supple, like from burgundy, for me close to perfection.
What a sexy treat. Oceans of ripe, sweet, decadent, polished black tinted fruit coat your palate. As good as this is now at 18, it will only get better. The roasted quality of the best 90's really comes across in this beauty. Delicious since the day it was released and it's still going strong!
We drank this beauty for our 10-year anniversary dinner at Lacroix, Feb 2008. Quite pretty to look at; a healthy ruby color, with the nice "legs" quite apparent in the oversize stemware. Immediately upon opening, it was clear this was a brilliant bottle. An overt and intoxicating bouquet, offering up scents of licorice, lilly, ripe dark fruits (plum) and spice. Had a bit of bottle funk that quickly blew off. On the palate this was just incredible -- so velvety, so flavorful, so opulent and lush, but without any heaviness. Very light on its feet. Long, round finish. What a treat!
An outstanding wine. Great bordeaux notes, nice dark fruit with hints of graphite, tar etc. Beautiful nose and great complexity. very refined and smooth on the taste, layer and layer of complex nuances and a beautiful 40 second finnish.
Dark ruby in color. An intoxicating nose of violets and black fruit with amazing purity and freshness. Tastes of cherry, earth and caramel. Experienced a touch of barnyard that quickly blew off in the glass with a little air. Incredible rich and complex mid palate. A knockout finish with numerous layers that lasts for over a minute. Medium bodied with beautiful acidity. What else could you want from a Pomerol? Amazing! 13% alcohol.
White Truffle Dinner (Toscana Restaurant, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong): Super deep red semi-translucent colour. Bright, vibrant, lovely violets and flowers nose with green peppers. Lovely heady but light perfumes which put all 5 of us to silence. Gorgeous on the palate - harmony, fruit, lots of complexity. Good grip. Will improve even more. Some wonderful " in your head" qualities; quite ethereal. Wow.......enormous length. I've not drunk much Pomerol in the past but this has converted me. Lipsmackingly good.
Decanted several hours and served blind. Kinky, exotic, meaty nose reminded me of lafleur and had me thinking Pomerol. With further air there's blueberry pie on the nose. This is just entering maturity and certainly has a long life ahead. Good stuff.
Surprisingly deep color with few signs of development. Nose marked by saddle leather, then cassis and tobacco. Secondary bouquet only comes up at the end of the bottle, some 4 hours after it was opened. Large scaled in the mouth with some sweetness of fruit restrained by a good amount of tannin yet to be resolved. Seemed more like a left bank wine in many ways and not lush at this point. Clearly very young; my only question about its potential is whether it will turn out to have excessive levels of brett.
An absolutely stellar magnum of this wine purchased from the Steve Verlin collection. Gorgeous nose of Pomerol mud, earthy minerals, ripe licorice and slate. Drinking beautifully now with a classic ethereal texture and lovely refined flavors of blackberries, licorice, slate and sweet, scorched earth. Perfectly balanced, it is an opulent wine with some tannins still left to resolve but they are oh so smooth. Plenty of life ahead but fabulous to drink tonight.
Debauchery at Mitch's (Mitch's House, Golden Colorado): Yeah baby, this is killer stuff with a huge nose of rich fruit, spice and mineral notes. Medium to full bodied with awesome texture and a long finish. Only got a small pour of this but it’s probably the one wine I’d like to have a whole bottle to myself of.
Black ruby color with fading edges. Gorgeous nose of bitter chocolate and sweet expresso. This wine really fired at lunch at the Willet House in Portchester, NY and matched incredibly well with the aged porterhouse steak. Still full of life but this wine is all about mature Pomerol with its sweet, earthy decadence and melange of expresso, chocolate and black rasberry flavors. There's also a hint of black licorice on the long, complex finish. Literally melts in your mouth as it goes down.
Excellent, clear color with softening edges. Gorgeous nose of red licorice, chocolate, Asian spices and dirty sex. Incredibly soft and silky wine but with a nice kick of cassis, licorice and black rasberry fruit on the long, velvety finish. If this wine is not in its zone of drinkability, I don't know what is. Remains chocolaty and very Pomerol late with the smell and taste of that sweet earth.
As soon as the wine is poured, your nose is greeted by a rush of black raspberries, plums and vanilla. Very plush, sexy and polished on the palate. The opulent finish lasts over :45 seconds! The 90 still has some tannin to resolve.This decadent Pomerol has at least 2 decades of positive evolution in its future. The only problem I have with this wine is, I can never decide if I prefer the 89 or 90.
Best bottle of 90 La Con I have had yet. Silky, sexy, and spot on Pomerol. Finish went on for 40 seconds. Pefect balance and elegance. I hope my remaining bottles measure up. Drink now and for the next 20 years!
Simply lovely wine; fully mature and dazzling with its its extravagent sweet cherry/berry fruit and long pure finish. It made the '90 Trolong Mondot along side it look one dimensional and almost boring. This bottle was also from Crown and looked pristine.
Pre-Harlan Warm-up at Brad England's House: No notes taken. I really liked this. Expressive nose. Plenty of ripe fruit with expresso and chocolate. Should develop into something very special with additional bottle age.
Open-knit but not effusive, the '90 La Conseillante is a delicious bottle of ripe Merlot fruit. More structure than I recall from previous bottles and a bit less perfumed (after a 4 hour decant). This bottle was from Crown about 10 years ago, so perhaps it was never pristine, but the level and condition certainly looked impeccable and the cork was moist. Outstanding wine with a promising future.
Seattle Tasting Group does Bordeaux 1990 and older (Issaquah, WA): I was the most enthusiastic taster about this wine, but I simply love ripe, plush, hedonistic 1990's like this one. This is very ripe Merlot, almost grapey still, floral, rhubarb, licorice, and black fruit. Wowza! The palate is loaded with minerals and dark chocolate, exotic, stalky, char, toast, and espresso. Wow!
I am sure he decanted this wine for several hours. It was lucious and served with dinner of fresh salmon and pasta. As one of the few 1990's I have had, I found the wine well integrated and balanced with tons of fruit and enough structure to go another 15-20 years.
The boys drank this with our dry aged strips...Wow huge core of fruit, very elegant merlot based wine...this is hitting on all cylinders right now....some spice and dark currant fruits and a finish that lasted at least a minute.
Spinning capsule, no signs of seepage, clean cork top. Cork showed signs of seepage along side,though not all the way to the top of the cork. Decanted to avoid noticeable amount of fine sediment. Crystal clear Bordeaux color, with slight bricking at rim. Nose of black and red fruits,some floral elements, and some slight maderization. On the palate, muted red and black fruits with sherry notes. Partially oxidized. Still good delineation and finish, but sherry notes persist and are very distracting. This is not the wine I experienced last year, when from an auction bottle it displayed marvelous balance, rich luscious black and red fruit, delightful fully resolved ripe tannins, and extraordinary complexity and finish. At the time, we scored it 97.
Plummy, blackberry, floral and forest notes were easy to find. Very extracted and concentrated, but if you’re thinking this is going to provide a sexy experience like the 89, think again. The big difference between the 89 and 90 is, aside from the sheer size, the 90 also sports a slight tannic, chocolate quality in the finish. This remains a big, brooding Pomerol with all the right stuff, but it’s still so young.
I thought this was a wonderful bottle, a great Bordeaux nose clearly from the right bank...chocolate and mocha nose and on the palate with the classic la Conseillante sexy, silky texture that I love. This was very long and the tannins were soft. Some at the tasting thought that this wine would not get much better but I disagree this has a wonderful future ahead of it.
Dark red with a brown hue. Notes of leather, plums, coffee, and soil coming out of the glass. Extremely powerful, yet quite elegant and smooth with superb structure, big juicy, and chewy fruit and stupendous complexity. Much better than one year ago. The wine had excellent grip, a delicious chocolatey core of ripe fruit, and stuffing for years and years of aging - yet a wine perfect for drinking now. YUM.
Ruby-red. I didn't notice much age at the rim. A fantastic nose of dark berries and leaves. A faint vanilla scent also. All the elements of this wine were cooking up a wonderful symphony of harmony, elegance and class. Smooth and flowy in the mouth, tickling all the sweet spots on the palate. Gorgeous. The finish was a chapter all to itself. Long, detailed, and focused. Yummm.
The first sign a wine is a rock star takes place the moment the cork is popped. If a perfume jumps from the bottle into mid air, you have are going to have a great experience. Violets, bitter chocolate, fresh herbs, black raspberries, plums, cherries and fresh spring flowers explode in your face. Rich, concentrated, opulent, flashy textures play in your mouth. There is ample acidity giving it lift and a core of ripe, fat, sexy, fleshy fruit to fill your palate. Sweet, ripe, juicy plums are all over the place in the :40 finish. This is drinking perfectly.
My TN for 1990 is almost exactly the same as for 1989; Beautiful bouquet, good oak, fruit, leather and tobacco. Enormously full bodied. An explosion of wealth in the mouth. Toasted oak and lush fruit. All in a perfect balance. The 1990 is slightly more developed as the 1988, but there is a lot of well hidden tannin. The toasted oak is at the moment a little more expressive as in the 1989.
Tasted at blind horizontal 1989 Bordeaux tasting at Vintage Wines, Ltd. Deep ruby with red-brick rim. Nose shows moderate oak and cedar, as well as a hint of tar. Palate medium body, with nice cherry, currants and medium supple tannins. Long finish. Personal rank 3rd, group rank 2nd of of 8 top growths.