A strong wine with plenty of dark fruits and earth and a strong graphite spine. It has a hint of chocolate and a strand of liquorice weaving through the flavour profile. Tannins still hold onto the finish with authority.
Farewell wine dinner for Samson (Stanley Deli @ TST): An interesting oldy, light ruby looking claret with red fruit profile at the back. Mature bouquet of red cherry, prune, mushroom, damp earth and hint of gravel stone. Palate is rather lean and light, though acidity is nicely balance with cherry meat and tobacco notes. Quite a nice way to start off the dinner.
Starts off with something a little chocolatey but breathes up to be very Pauillac (whatever the fuck that is). There's some briary fruit, black earth, smoked meats, tobacco and cedar. It is in a nice place with nice proportion and balance . There's strength to the wine despite the fact that structutal elements have obviously softened. It gets better and better in the glass.
Opened two bottles, one was dead the other one was good but not great. I is obviously on its way down. Beatifull colour, good smell of old Pauillac, terroir, nice taste lasting in the mouth for some time
This bottle was in perfect condition with a dark black color and a wonderful old Bordeaux nose. On the palate, it was perfectly aged with lovely flavors of tobacco, expresso and roasted nuts. The finish was elegant and complex with notes of charcoal and charred earth. A really good showing.
Fading now, this shows loads of lead pencil, slate, and mineral qualities, the fruit is still there, as is cedery wood. There is a slight touch of menthol here, but it is not out of balance or overpowering. Drink now, if not sooner.
Dark carmine. Fresh and friendly bouquet with a lot of cassis and oak in the distance. Also cassis, liquorice and good oak in the taste. Firm, full bodied and powerful combined with a lot of nuances. Long aftertaste. Already very nice drinking, but will stay on this level or even gain the next 5 years.
Purple red. Powerful bouquet with cassis and a lot of liquorice. In the taste also liquorice, cassis and tannin which is still young. The wine is opening up after a while. Next bottle 2 – 4 years from now.