A surprising bit of freshness remains. The nose is a horse barn on a warm day - warm leather, dust, a bit of funky horse hair sweatiness. At first there was no fruit - just the masculine old Bordeaux smells and flavors. A couple hours open, some red fruit showed up - currant with quickly-closing tannic finish. Given the light-bodied nature of the wine, the length of the finish is surprising. A wonderful treat - and this wine still has a few years in it.
There is still some unresolved tannin here, but this is coming around and is enjoyable now in its own right. Cedar shavings, saline solution, and earthy, meaty substance in a medium-bodied frame. Quintessential Bordeaux from a decent vintage. Likely to miss a lot of radar screens, which is really a shame.
Optimal drinking here. Great classical pauillac. Pours opaque with loose rate bricking. Nose show a great balance of red and dark fruit with notes or red currant, red plum, cassis, black currant, ash, soil, mint, tobacco, bell pepper and graphite. Beautiful. Fruit is surprisingly optimally ripe and has a gorgeous inner sweetness. Palate had just a pinch of light dusty tannin and a nice kiss of acid on the medium plus finish. Textbook mature pauillac. Love the style, gives me faith in the '94 vintage.
Classic Pauillac... Nose of cedar, pyrazene, graphite, pencil lead, black currants, cassis and plum. The palate shows similar pure dark fruit, minerals, bell pepper, pyrazene, graphite, pencil lead and earth. Finish is medium with a touch of heat. Lovely wine...great typicity.
Medium-dark rosewood color, with mature brown tinge. Serious nose of slate, anise and cigar smoke. On the palate this starts out with ripe berry and cherry flavors before drying out at mid-palate, finishing with notes of parched dirt and withered leaves. The tannins on this were taut and sturdy despite several hours in the decanter. Not sure what to do with this; would like to give it a few more years to let the tannins mellow out, but it is already so dry in the mouth. After some very nice 1994s (Clinet, Pichon-Lalande) this unfortunately resembled the less charming Leoville-Barton.
Dark crimson core fading to light amber on the rims. Distinct aromas of wild berries, mint leaf and mushrooms. The wine is undoubtedly in the late stages of maturity and acquiring secondary flavors in the form of dried raisins, orange mocha, apricot jam as well as some earthy notes. There isn't much left in the way of fruit and the tannins are clearly fading, however the wine still boasts a pleasantly soft texture and a fairly long finish - albeit turning somewhat overly bitter. Still a delight and good value - to be enjoyed now as I cannot see it going for more than a couple of years.
Really drank well for a 94. At first taste it seems a little thin, but after a few seconds it really opens up in the mouth showing a very good core. Slight astringency and not too long of a finish but I feel like this one is really drinking well right now, at peak.
Bought this bottle for 10€ at a Leclerc supermarket in Paris, France. Tasted with friends in inappropriate glasses. However ... Nose: intense aromas of raspberry, strawberry, cedar, cherry jelly, hints of lavender, graphite, earthiness, blond tobacco, hints of spices. Palate: silky and mature tanins. Balanced acidity. Aromas start as spices and exotic wood, opening towards cherry, cranberry, graphite, earthiness, smokiness. An elegant, silky length. Bottle drunk in two hours. Still has life!
Sweetness of maturity, opened an hour before tea and decanted. Still developing in glass. Towards the end of its drinking window but plenty of life left. Sweet autumn fruit and leafmould, very long finish.
From magnum, 1994 is not the greatest vintage, but this wine had loads of appeal. Still appearing quite young, the colour was deep crimson. Having typical Pauillac style, this was firm and lively, with a long finish. Probably at its peak now, don't keep any longer.
A big, beefy wine and quite astringent on first taste. After a couple of hours in the decanter it softened a bit and a more typical Pauillac cassis profile was revealed. Dense fruit, a touch austere but not lean and well masked tannins. Like other 94s it lacks a little on the finish but otherwise a good wine. A touch of astringency remained - interestingly it meant the wine went well with cheese (Vacherin Fribourgeois) - something I don't usually find with Bordeaux. Just about mature though a few years to go before it reaches its peak.
Opaque purple with orange rim. Dry cassis and cedar at first nose, followed by a fresh bouquet of pure sweet opulent cassis, menthol, classy leather and cedar, rich damped soil, not a big nose but with noble contents. Still tannic and not particularly smooth, an edge of bubblegum acidity sticking out, rich and full bodied, powerful, cedary and dry black fruits. Strong juicy medium finish of underbrush, black fruit juice and hint of leather. Nose better than palate. Showed the power of Pauillac but not absolutely fulfilling and round enough. Though it is still a solid Bordeaux with a good finish, and I think it should be drunk right now.
Menthol, leather and just a hint of brett on the nose. Kind of tight and closed on the palate at first, but as it warmed up and opened up, started to show lots of nice black fruit, leather, tobacco and rich earth. Still has some tannins, but they are nicely integrated. It is shedding most of its baby fat and is starting to show some secondary characteristics. One of my favorite Pauillacs that tends to fly a little under the radar.
The bouquet of this wine is a feast! Complex, elegant, smoky, black fruits still, but also secondary smells. On the palate the same. The tannin has melted completely and there is a firm dose of acidity. Really a great pleasure in the mouth. The wine has one problem; there is no finish at all. That might mean it really should be drunk now. (With a long finish the score would be a few points higher.)
Colour: Red, no purple, hint of pink at rim. Nose: Initially alcohol, then tanic, pine, but not overwhelming, black fruit, vegetable hint? Taste: medium bodied, not particularly complex. Conclusion: Nice but not overwhelming, at the end of its drinking period
A tale of 2 cities. When opened, we thought that this was just a really poor bottle of uninteresting wine. We didn't have a decanter, but boy did it need it. Had to convince my buddy not to spill it out. We let it breathe for half an hour. It started to show a little. Let it breathe for another hour, and it began to open. After yet another hour, it was drinking well. It improved throughout the rest of the evening. This turned into a very nice, pleasant, complex wine. Not very fruity, but really interesting. Still tannic. Obviously completely shut-down. We guess that this one could age for another 5+ years if not 10. A lesson for both of us.
Double decanted 2 hrs before dinner. Deep dark in the glass with a beautiful nose of cedar and leather peaking through the dominant dark fruits. Initially quite full and round, but finish became dominated by dry tannin over next hr, and the fruit never really lived up to potential of the nose. Very good with steak off the grill, but needed some big-food to fight the unresolved tannin.
Opened for 1 hour. Drank over 2 hours. Even better as it opened more fully. Sweet,smooth and soft. Low alcohol feel. Dark cherry, cassis ,earthy and tobbaco on the palate and finish. Still vibrant with acidity and tannins. A very pleasant experience. Good to drink now. Very enjoyable now.
A GREAT bottle. Decanted 30 mins. Got darker as the night went on. Cherry and dark fruit on the nose. That classic french age nose as well. Earthy, tobacco. Great taste. No bite. Smooth as silk with a lasting finish. Almost no taste of alchohol. A great bottle. Not the kind you would bring to a wine dinner where everyone is trying to impress the group. But if its a Friday night and you are having dinner for two...you wont be disappointed.
Decanted for about 1/2 hour, quite a medium red burgundy color. Nose is filled with tobacco, cedar and black fruits.Palate is medium to full bodied with plenty of balck fruits and hint of tabacco with a slight dry tannin.Finished is moderate...overall a good wine from the 94 vintage.
solid wine from average vintage...old bordeaux flavors are coming through although tannins at the end are very dry and a bit harsh which I think will mellow with a bit more time. nonetheless solid $25 bordeaux
Pulled cork in morning and used 1c for slow cooking veal-shanks. Remainder corked and left in cellar for 10hrs. When poured had the most amazing nose of complex floral-perfume. Hints of cedar, cherries showing through the fruit but a rather modest finish. Great with the meal.
Very dark ruby red. Lovely nose of expresso, roasted meat, black currants, cassis, and sweet tobacco. Medium bodied, intense, somewhat austere-- cassis and tobacco up front, with significant graphite notes that lend to an almost tangy note in the mid-palate. Tannins are present but well-integrated. Graphite and cassis notes on the finish. Very Bordeaux, very good.
TASTING: Montepulciano versus Montalcino (Apeldoorn): lots of cream and butter on the nose.. this is not a (typical) tuscan wine. still inetresting nose with ceder and cassis. very ripe juice firm tannins. just an okay wine. not very interesting in the mouth. finish okay.
Decanted two hours. Pretty and youthful deep ruby color. Moderate intensity but good complexity on the nose, with coffee, rasberry, cinnamon, and cedar. Focused, medium bodied and a touch lean-- good persistent cherry, currant and cedar flavors, firm on the mid-palate, but you get a rush of juiciness on the finish, which lingers nicely. Plenty of tannins, which are ripe but prominent. This wine needs time, but I'm not sure it will ever be rich tasting. Still, for the length and focus, a decent score for a decent wine. My wife liked this more than I did.