No change to our previous notes. We just think a very nice way to spend a few hours ;-) "Oooweebaby, this "super-second" is really hitting its stride. We stood upright the bottle 8 ours in advance and opened it 4+ hours before sipping the initial glass. Purplish-red with just a hint of brown on the rim. Aromas of dark red fruit, leather and chocolate. Elegant and silky palate of ripe cherries. The palate is elegant and silky with pleasant tannins. Excellent balance. Long finish. We still see a few more years in this wine, which pleases us to no end given the more than a few bottles in our cellar."
Beautiful ruby red with browning rim, nose was pure Haut Brion, plum, vanilla oak - palate was long on the finish, perfectly integrated tannins, still a little plum fruit not pithy but tertiary notes of tobacco appearing. While this is perfectly drinking now, I don't think it will improve - best to drink up in next couple of years. 4/5
This wine has really improved over the past few years when we thought it may be at its peak and now on the downside. Juicy red fruit with very soft integrated tannins with balancing acidity. Delicious. Think it will keep, though drinking exceptionally well now.
My btl and I largely agree with R&Rler who was at the same dinner. Didn't live up to my hopes. Not enough Pessac tobacco from this one. Mainly the tannins where a bit strong and as R&R said this wine may be in decline.
Decanted for 4 hours plus and drunk over 2 evenings. Slightly musty nose, palate was a real mixture, strong tannin but extremely dry on first night. By second night more fruit had appeared and the wine was even smoother, very acceptable for the price.
No change to our June 2015 note. "Oooweebaby, this "super-second" is really hitting its stride. We stood upright the bottle 8 ours in advance and opened it 4+ hours before sipping the initial glass. Purplish-red with just a hint of brown on the rim. Aromas of dark red fruit, leather and chocolate. Elegant and silky palate of ripe cherries. The palate is elegant and silky with pleasant tannins. Excellent balance. Long finish. We still see a few more years in this wine, which pleases us to no end given the more than a few bottles in our cellar."
Avec Bulle, Meursault et MikeLM, souper FOUDUVIN.CA au resto AVV La Suite de Sherby! Beau Bordeaux à point, délicat et assez fin. Nez sur le tertiaire, animal...cuir, feuille, tabac et un peu de cerises. En bouche, assez fondu. Texture lisse et tannins souples. Cerises et graphite avec une finale tout en douceur. Plus sur la finesse et la retenue que les 3 autres vins bu ce soir!
Oooweebaby, this "super-second" is really hitting its stride. We stood upright the bottle 8 ours in advance and opened it 4+ hours before sipping the initial glass. Purplish-red with just a hint of brown on the rim. Aromas of dark red fruit, leather and chocolate. Elegant and silky palate of ripe cherries. The palate is elegant and silky with pleasant tannins. Excellent balance. Long finish. We still see a few more years in this wine, which pleases us to no end given the more than a few bottles in our cellar.
Italians, 2nd Labels of 1st Growths, 95 Prum, +; 10/5/2014-10/6/2014 (Our favorite Italian Place): I liked this bottle a lot and more than a bottle a year or two ago. Slow-oxed for 4 hours, this was open and seemingly at peak. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cassis, gravel and charred wood, and a bit of graphite. On the palate, this is silky. Lots of cassis and some dark cherries. A bit of earthiness as well. Great balance. Seems at peak but no hurry. Fine tannins. long finish. Great balance.
Decanted 3 hours. On nose alone, I'd give this 92 -- great depth, black cherries / griottes -- could smell this for hours. Pretty disappointing in the mouth, though. Some unresolved tannins, fairly short, even slightly thin. Not convinced that this is going to improve from here.
Dropped into a decanter and consumed over the next 4 hours. Don't drink a lot of Bordeaux but found this to be a joy. Leather, graphite, iodine, dark fruit and currants. Tannins still dominate at this point. Strong buy at the $60 I paid for it last year (abberation I know).
The wine was popped and decanted for a day prior to consumption. It pours a deep purple color with a garnet rim and clingy, long legs as I would expect from the monster vintage. On the nose is the unmistakable cigar box scent of Graves wine along with prominent notes of graphite, scorched stones, burnished leather, mineral, tobacco and earthy mulch. This is a very masculine wine with just a tad of fruit on the nose. On the palate are velvety tannins which are coming of age, yielding a beautiful structure to the juice. There is some red fruits although the taste is still dominated by black truffles, earth, tobacco and remarkable smokiness in the end. There is barely any acidity as well. A considerable effort from this hallowed winery (and year) and this wine would definitely benefit from additional aging. What a wine and what an improvement from the '93.
On day 1, this was rather tight and thin; almost watery. Color was medium red, with slight bricking. I drank a couple of small pours, then corked the bottle and put it in the fridge. On this first day, the wine was not giving much. Thin, slightly tart, with some red currant. What a difference a day makes! On day 2, this took on a lot more weight. Dark blackberry, plum, licorice/iodine, with hint of mint and leather. With a long decant, this is lovely; however, I would hold for a couple of years at least. For this chateau's second label, this is outstanding.
Tasted At cellar temp Nose - berries Mouth - restrained , taut tantalizing fruit, delicious and probably a reflection of the cold temp I was drinking this at, a delicious delineated wine, long smooth tannic finish. I preferred the 2000 petit cheval to this in terms of generosity
Deep and youthful colour. Lovely warm earth and brick and tobacco on nose but still more to come on further ageing. Well structured fruit on palate lots of interest but tthe tannnins need to resolve furhter. This is much better than last bottle and promises well for future. Try again in two years.
Elegant nose with red to black fruit and liquorice. Palate was a melange of blackcurrant and forest fruit with hints of liquorice and mint. Tannin was still evident though very soft and supple. Nice length. Very pleasant and drinking well now.
Felt a bit disjointed when first opened. Nose was completed closed and tannins still very much apparent. Might be at a very awkward stage. Was quite a bit better the next day with saddle leather and blackberry on the nose. Strangely, it felt very thin, almost watery, but the mid-palate was much fuller.
Okay, I'm biased! I love this wine! It's my favorite second wine from the great chateaus. I started with six bottles and have been consuming them for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. I try to aerate and decant the bottle in plenty of time for it to open up. Usually, I'm too impatient, but so what, this is a wonderful Bordeaux. It's wondrous to watch it change color in the glass, going from a dark cherry to a brilliant, clear garnet. Great up front and long and complex in the finish. An archetypical Graves. Herbaceous, spicy and peppery. Its Haut-Brion breeding really shows through. One bottle left for a celebration next summer!
Quintessential Graves with notes of graphite, cassis and minerals. Somewhat light (compared to the Grange that followed), but still with impressive depth and complexity. In perfect balance and drinking beautifully.
- Brick color with slow forming legs and aromas of bell pepper and eucalyptus. It's in total harmony with a medium/full body. Polished texture with a long finish - This wine was absolutely beautiful. Aerated and decanted for two hours and consumed over another hour. This wine is at the forefront of what a great Graves is supposed to be about. incredibly complex, with s very looooooong finish, it almost approached the First Growth, Haut Brion. It is at it's peak right now. A perfect celebratory wine. Was gorgeous with the roast chicken and root vegetables. I'm so happy I have two more bottles.
Took me a while to get the typical Grave character, but it finally came around. Smoke, toast, dark plum, currants. Palate was rather tight and narrowly fucused. Moderate length finish with some smoke and cedar spice. This is young and rather unexpressive at the moment. Moderate concentration. A recent Haut-Bailly is likely a better wine, though this certainly has class and balance. Give 5+yrs.
Mixed Frenchies Offline (Craftsman, Mpls): Very dark red color. Not sure if there was a decant here. Drank 1 glass over 2 hours. Nose shows florals, dusty, cassis, smokey, tobacco, mineral. The palate is full bodied with prominent tannins, black fruit, bold, spicy, mineral, tobacco on the long finish.
TN: 2000 Bordeaux Second Labels (all the First Growths +): Purple/ruby. Perhaps the tightest wine of the night, it took a while to open. The groups number 2, I liked it a bit less I guess. I just never got much out of the nose. The palate was more open with black raspberries and a smokey note. Slick texture. Nice wine. Hold.
No notes taken. Decanted and consumed over a couple hours. Great, Graves-like nose. A bit of a let-down on the palate, but this bottle showed a little better than previous bottles with expansive flavors and nice texture. Tannin is pretty well resolved. Matter-of-fact finish. Good not great.
No notes taken but I remember enjoying this greatly. This had the same great Graves nose as the previous bottle, but the taste was much better. Still had a bit of acidity but there was enough fruit/structure to balance this out. It may just have been my mood, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed this given my previous experience.
Mostly cassis and dark red cherry onthe nose, not a strong oak influence, mostly just nice pure rich fruit, a little tobacco, pencil shavings coming on strongly over the course of the evening. Excellent acidity keeps this bright and juicy, medium, medium-grained tannins, oak more evident on the finish. Very focused, well-balanced, really excellent now, but hold if you have it - it's not at its peak yet I don't think. Lacks some of the power of its big brother but is, crucially, actually very enjoyable and refreshing as a drink, as well as being a lovely sensory experience.
Magnificent nose - really very powerful and complex with cedar, pencil lead. As good as the very best grand vins I'd say. But the palate and the finish completely disappointed. Really quite light and it seemed vegetal in the mouth and on the finish. Tannins are still strong. After a glass, I really couldn't enjoy this wine, so I put it in the fridge with the hope it will show better tomorrow.
Opened, decanted and tasted. Great nose but relatively thin on the palate. Decanted 7-8 hours. Nose has deepened and become more complex with a very satisfying Graves personality. In the mouth this is still relatively thin with a pronounced flavor drop-off at mid-palate. A big let-down after the promise of the nose. Finishes dominated by tannin and acidity. No regrets on buying this, but I seriously doubt cellar time is going to lead to significant improvement.
Bought on closeout for $33. Open for business. This is a ripe, nicely concentrated, earthy wine with an enticing tobacco- and dark fruit- infused nose and plenty of classic Graves character. The palate is moderately complex and long, with leathery secondary flavors and a bit of drying tannin on the finish. Approachable now, and should hold at this level for quite a while.
Hmm, weird wine tonight. Decent nose, but the finish had a cheesy flavor. NOt totally offputting, but odd nonetheless. I don't know if this will blow off or what--certainly don't recall this on the first bottle. Otherwise, a pleasant wine.
Was opened and decanted an hour before we began to drink it. Beautiful, very forward bouquet, medium-bodied, very well-integrated tannins, about a 45 second finish. Either the last four months have made a huge difference, or more likely decanting it did, but this was a lot better than the bottle I had in February.
Nose of earth, mud, and pencil lead. Mouthfilling taste of blackcurrant, kirsch, and vanilla yogurt on the finish. Very good wine, still some rough edges which suggest another several years in the cellar could do no harm. Excellent wine for the price.
Like most stupid things I do, I opened this young Bordeaux just a touch on the tipsy side. But I'm better drunk. Very pretty nose, lots of vapo-rub and resin. The palate is unreal. So pure. Tannins are perfectly integrated. Smooth and gorgeous. Baked cherry pie, red fruit. This was popped and jammin' right out of the bottle - can't wait to see where it goes over the next few hours. Guess it was the right time to open to open it after all. Drinking beautifully. The nose and palate reveal Bordeaux immediately but the fruit is more forward and approachable. Open for an hour or so and just keeps getting better. Really very fine stuff. NEXT DAY - Terrible headache, I'm sure from insufficient sleep, not in any way related to all the wine. Recalling this wine is pleasant even with a hangover. Bordeaux nose just leapt out of the glass. Not a world beater or high scoring wine but gave a sense of place and distinction. Not a wine that could have been made just anywhere.
Bacchus blindtasting (Lasses appartment): Dark red center with a purple rim. Cold blackcurrant nose with some tobaco, but not giving much right now. Showing dark berries and good structure on the palate. Good length of the taste, ending with powerfull, spicy tannins. Seems a bit closed right now, I would expect more of this one in the future.
Popped for my 37th birthday dinner at one of my sisters. I was only able to give this two hours in the decanter--clearly not enough time.
The wine had some mouthdrying and grainular tannins covering the fruit; some of the gravelly graves flavors emerged near the end of the bottle. Overall, an enjoyable bottle and one worth the price of admission--don't bother drinking the regular bottle (HB) as it would be a waste! I will leave the remainder for the rest of the decade.
Opened early as I was too curious to wait. Having a full case helped me overcome that hesitation. That said, the wine was a bit tight upon opening, as expected but it blossomed very quickly, within 15-30 minutes the wine had "settled down" and was quickly becoming more and more complex. Had lovely light overtones of pencil lead and earth, the well balanced taste of cassis was evident as well. Tannins were very well integrated for my taste, evident yet without any rough edges. I think this wine has all the early indications of being a solid, very good wine especially given a few more years cellar time.