A bit past prime although it was not apparent from the color. Nice medium garnet with a touch of bricking. While this was classic Bordeaux, it never really opened to reveal much fruit. Could have been a bit past prime but all that was left was the terroir.
A great example of a classic bordeaux in a not so stellar vintage. Good colour beginning to show some red brick underneath, classic nose with tobacco, leather and still some red fruit, elegant on the palate, not a blockbuster by any means but with surprising length. Great value.
Pleine maturité, excellent vin, fruits rouge, gras et opulence, final alcoolique. Bonne mâche, acidité et tannins résorbés. Nez admirablement nuancé, cassis et cherry. Son caractère de Paillac est nettement marqué.
The cork came out cleanly from this 19 year old bottle. I did a filtered decant but found very little sediment. I waited 15 minutes before trying. Surprised and delighted to find this wine doing so well after all these years.
The nose was beautiful , spicy red fruit, buttered nuts, vanilla and more. Not a hint of funk.
On the pallet it starts with black currant , tobacco, cedar and minerality on the mid pallet, medium dry finish of pepper & other black spices, There was still enough acid to brighten the flavors. The tannins are soft but still present. I think it will still go 2 or 3 more years but it is close to the end. Still enjoyable but starting to fade.
Oh Pauillac! why do I love you so much? Is it your powerful yet sleek delivery? Is it the elegance with which you flow? Is it the softness of your touch? I don't know. All I know is every time we meet, I fall in love again. And when you leave, you leave me longing for more. Until next time!
Until 15 minutes after opening strong and hard tanins , cedar,coffee, ... like 10 years old - afterwards like 30 years old and thin - but 2 h later it rounds up to an well aged beautiful Pauilac with leather, herbs and a bit sweetness
This is my third go around with this wine, and this was the best showing. However, that's not saying much as this bottle isn't swinging for the fences. Dark maroon color. Medium thick legs. On the nose there's mint, eucalyptus, damp earth and a little baking spices in the background. The intial palate has some body, but the fruit seems tired and maybe even a bit oxidized. There's nice presence on the mid and back palate. This tasting note is very similar to earlier notes. Everything seems to indicate the raw material comes from good stock, but it just wasn't a good year.
Felt like I opened it 4-5 years too late. Bricking on the edges, pencil box and cedar nose, strong tobacco and leather notes but the fruit failed to show up over five hours of decant. Traces of the flavors hinted at a decent wine in 2005. Oh well, still enjoyable.
No formal notes. Drank several weeks ago with friends from out of town. This bottle was a nightcap after many (many) other wines. Didn't give it the time or consideration it probably needed to shine. However, after looking at my earlier notes perhaps that wasn't going to happen
Good dark garnet color. No bricking, but a little thin on the edges. Nose is quite strong with casis, pencil shavings and menthol. Unfortunately the fruit on the nose doesn't carry through to the palate. After a one hour decant, there's no fruit but a lot of structure: tanins and acid. Everything is concentrated in the midpalate, no high notes or low notes. Very thin finish. There is a small amount of Pauillac cedarwood and pencil shavings but nothing ovewhelming. I know '94 was a challenging year, but according to the critics this bottle was supposed to really shine: underwhelming.
Decanted and served very soon thereafter--maybe 15 minutes--and consumed over the course of less than two hours. Really attractive wine, correct, integrated, and elegant with layers of tobacco, leather (lots of leather), cedar, leather, some minerality, tiny touches of dried currant and prune (very subtle), and some more leather. Towards the end a really neat herbal flavor emerged, mirroring the rosemary flavors from the meal. Very elegant if not terribly distinctive, and great with a simple dinner of roasted chcken with roasted potatoes and haricots verts. An even better pairing with good friends celebrating their engagement.
I would estimate this is unlikely to improve further but that's ok with me as drinking it now is certainly no hardship. I wouldn't think it's going to decline radically any time soon though, either.
Somewhat "closed" after initial pour. Never really opened up the first evening. Day two was much better with layers of fruit and tannins well integrated. My feeling though is that you can get wines this good that are a better value, and ready to drink upon release. This bottle is certainly not in the same class as Pichon Lalande and Insignia (2 of my favorites) are after 11 years.
Another satisfying bottle of this tonight. Can't ask for more in a 5th Growth, lesser Vintage wine. Great raspberry/plum, sweet/tart cherry spice, leather, chestnut, lead pencil. Smooth and complex enough....classic dry cedar, tobacco, earth, cinnamon spice. A little drying, but still juicy. Nice!
Again at Blayne & Sharon's in Whistler. This is a very nice and mature drinking bottle of Claret. The nose shows some rust, iodine and cedar, smelling a little old. The palate though is ripe and round, fully mature, with nice waves of sweet black currant delivered on a medium frame. This is perfectly enjoyable and at a great time to drink.