Medium bodied with a good amount of red fruit on the palate and finish. Bricking around the rim. Rose petals, tobacco & eucalyptus on the nose. Restrained at first. Air helped and let it show its stuff. Really showing well at 15 years old. Can go longer. Drink now-2020.
Believe it or not, this has not fully developed yet! But good secondary development is under way and evident in the awesome nose! Lots of mature cedar and pauillac earth, beginning transition to mushroom and meat...There is an oak component in the middle ruining things a bit...It pokes out in dissidence. Has good grip, so with about 3 to 5 years it should be much better than now. First of a case, will wait for a year before checking in again.
My bottle was similar to that of Lebo's. "Lots of earth, tobacco, wet leaves / forest floor" on the nose and initial palate, with a core of fruit underneath. "complex, smooth and well-rounded. Nice balance and mouth feel." Well said! Agree this was excellent for a second wine, and saw no signs that it would not have kept longer.
Very old-world / French in style. Lots of earth, tobacco, wet leaves / forest floor and nicely integrated wood on both the nose and palate. Powerful, complex, smooth and well-rounded. Nice balance and mouth feel. Well worth the $29, I'd be content to pay double that. Drinking very nicely now, but should be able to last and evolve for a number of years.
Exactly as before. Excellently presented in a quiet, unflashy style. Not a huge amount of substance but age may well introduce a welcome secondary element that will go nicely with all that pencil lead oak. 93
pop n pour.tight.didn't get much ting.may b bttl temperature is cold.decant 15-30 minutes.herbacious notes with little fruits.90 minutes decant 90 minutes.woah,show lots of fruits with herbaciius notes.veri primary which remind me sipping this bttl vintage 05 before.veri new world to me.medium acidity.not enuff of freshness.may b bcoz of the fruits.some potential here
Big Wednesday Wine Night (Extra Space): Tasted blind. Appearance is clear, medium intensity, ruby going garnet colour. Nose is clean, pronounced intensity, with massive green herbaceousness. Green bell peppers invading my nostrils. On the palate, medium acidity, medium tannins, full body. Flavours of green bell peppers that actually became more restrained with more air. Sweeter mouth-feel also with more air. Long finish. I initially thought Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon but this somehow lacks the power. I guessed a French Cab Sauv/Cab Franc blend, or maybe even a pure Cab Franc. This is one for the herby green fan club.
A lot of pencil lead and smokey gravel here, like a few drops of cassis spilled in an old, cedar cabinet. Fine, delineated palate that shows a lot of breeding. This seems like it is entering maturity with its soft tannin but I think some more age would do it good. The albeit immensely classy oak is a bit overbearing at the minute and I wonder if some more secondary notes would help. Still, a delicious treat. 93
Reminded me of the type of wine that first got me into this hobby 30 years ago. A rustic, non-fruity wine. California wines have gotten so fruity and sweet, I have become addicted to it. But, thankfully a classic Bordeaux brings back the beautiful spectrum of wines available. clarets rock!
Reddish purple color and surprisingly no brownish tint on the edge yet. Sweet aromas of oak, cocoa, graphite, tobacco box and with aeration emerges black fruits (cherries, plum, cassis). If I could say, for the most part, what you smell is what you get! Well integrated right now. Outstanding!
Well this is a pretty and highly proper bottle of Bordeaux. A gorgeous nose of tobacco and cherry moves to a lean, taut and elegant palate. Salty and screaming of mineral. Prior bottles have been more generous than this one, but this is still wonderfully poised and balanced. I am not 100% sure if this is fading or just a slightly shut down bottle, but I have a feeling that there are still plenty of good years ahead for this wine.
Really hitting its stride, this wine evokes Pauillac from the moment uncorked. Classic barnyard funk on the nose, which blows off to allow the vegetal herbsm green pepper and cherry to emerge. Light to medium-bodied, with a satisfying finish in which black cherries really come to the fore. Delicate and unvaryingly expressive of its terroir.
A bit too much cedar for me. Some tobacco added to the mix. Tart cherry dominates the fruit profile. Lacks depth and doesn't have a layered palate. A good wine but not overly memorable. Orginally scored 87 which was too generous. After the second day experience the score would be an 82. It was drinkable but wood overpowered everything.
Needs 2 hrs; nice tar and leather and slightly minty nose; light blackberry; could not shake astringency; tannins not well integrated with fruit, but has the great Pichon Lalande Pauillac elements and long finish.
This is getting close to full maturity! Nose of Chinese black tea, dried Provincial herbs and some dried nutty fruits! Still very deep in mahogany color and quite unctuous in texture, browm rim! It is quite dry on the palate, but unmistakeably wine of Pichon-Lalande! A clean dry finish! Drink now or keep! Better pair it with food!
drank in a vertical tasting dinner with 88', 89', 00' and 05'. popped and poured, dark ruby colour, great expressive nose, red and blackcurrants, oak, good integration of the soften tannin and the acidity, the structure was very good and everything was very balanced, and a lengthy aftertaste, should be at the peak and it was drinking very well now and could be kept for few more years.
Immediate nose of dark cherry, violets, plum, peat and funk on the pour of a 2 hour decant that showed a beautiful deep purple color. A year ago, the astringent bite of the first taste was overwhelming - today, it is nearly gone on the pour and dissipates after 30 mns glass time. This has entered its drinking window; tannins have relaxed and dark and dark-red fruit is broad enough to cover the palate, it's picked-up weight and depth, and now becomes delicious after 2 hours of glass time. This will continue to improve over the next 2-3 years - will be worth the wait.
Very delicate and complex wine! On the nose, black mature fruits combined with leather, grapite minerality and nice touches of vanillin! On the taste, wine is complex, balanced and very very long! Great example of Pichon Lalande! Tasted along with Les Tourelles of Pichon Baron and this wine showed a more elegant approach! Les Tourelles also great and more masculine! Reserve de la Comtesse 2000 shows a starting maturity that will last at least 5 more years!
Ruby color with some distinct leafiness that harkens to Pichon Lalande. Medium bodied, well balanced and although quite herbal (I like this character) , I can see that there would be plenty of people who would call this a fault. Not me. It adds freshness and a crunchiness to the fruit. Soft leather, tobacco, black olives, cassis and stony fruits, with a little baking bitter chocolate on the back end. The tannins are in a nice place now and the wine has a great mix of fruit and savory, primary and secondary traits, with nothing out of balance. While this will hold for several more years easy, I doubt it will gain much complexity. A very nice drink that will do well with my lamb Kafta tonight. A well balanced, enjoyable, polite, very claret like wine. This is not a profound wine, but for me there is great joy in hitting a wine regardless of pedigree at its apogee, and I feel like this happened tonight. Outstanding. 90pts
Drank over two nights. Very dark maroon color. Thick legs. Interestingly, the initial nose really seemed like an Oregon Pinot Noir - that spicy cinnamon thing. This eventually transitions to graphite, porcini mushrooms and baking spices. Strong nose. Initial palate is full and powerful - lots of graphite (and here's an interesting taste sensation: the flavor of the fat on a nice cut of steak). Fullish midpalate with pronounced tannins. The tannins take a greenish turn on the backpalate that's a little detracting. Nice persistence and concentration on the finish (although there's a little gamey funk at the very end). Really nice bottle.
Mmm, this is really moving along well. Such sexy tobacco and red fruit, a baby Pichon Lalande. Where a couple of years ago I feared this might be drying out, I think it was clearly just a bit closed. Now it is opening to a lovely core of fruit and mineral with fantastic Pauillac tipicity. Oh that nose, spicy, lead pencil, bay leaf, tobacco, still very edgy but moving in such a wonderful direction. At $26.99 this is embarrassingly good, although I am saddened to see current vintages at twice the price.
Aerated 30 minutes, could have used 2 hours. The green notes really got in the way of enjoyment here. Some cigar ash, muddled black fruits, cracked peppercorn and pencil lead on the nose. The palate did not show altogether well, offering a bit of a disjointed character with dodgy acids and stringy tannins. OK, but the 95 Haut-Batailley blew it out of the water. Thorough aeration now, or hold for a few more years. Drink thru 2016
Popped and poured into decanter and drank over 1 hour. Rather big nose. Cassis, tobacco, vanilla on the nose. On the first sip, taste of ripe dark fruit, smoky, oaky finish with fine tannin. When it opened up after 1 hour, the finishing became much smoother and less oaky. I find that there is a disconnect bw the rather strong nose and sublet palate. Good wine and really enjoyable!
Colour = still remarkably bright red, although some brown at rim, if tilted Classical nose of cassis, blackberries, cedar, cigar box & vanilla, but also some green pepper; nose is still surprisingly firm for a 2nd wine of 11 years old. Tannins have matured, still supported by acids Medium length; good wine, not too complex
Excellent nose. Nicely integrated tannins and smooth. Typical Pauillac. Tobacco is the prominent note on the nose. In addition, it was showing smells of river bank, fall leaves. On the palette, just a tad lacking power and concentration. However, what was showing it was in great harmony and balance. Delicious to drink.
Filling in w/the Friday Brown Bag Group (Paul & Alyce's): Deep crimson color. Opens with earth, mushroom and raspberry qualities in the bouquet, and flavors of red fruit and cherry. Evolves in the glass, showing aromas of tobacco and florals- lots of violets. I leaned towards Margaux becuase of the floral qualities, but those eveloved to deep red currant and herb tones. One taster nailed this as Pauillac. Showing very well right now.
The first thing that stands out about this wine is the green elements - leafy cabernet fruit really stands out and offers a firm and rigid backbone to the excellent fruit. High acidity adds even more to the freshness - really tastes much younger than a 2000. I was expecting more depth of fruit - this is not that disimilar to the 2002 Comtesse Lalande with that vigorous green, tannic streak. Very good, but lacks the depth you would expect of the vintage and the chateau.
Sophisticated, complex and absolutely a great QPR for my $35 cost. Ten years has treated this baby well but it still has plenty of time ahead of it. Red cherry fruit and black plum work well with the oaky, toasty finish. My bet/strategy paid off by buying the second labels of great wines in a great vinatge.
Really lovely. Really seems like I waited long enough to open this one. Great palate with blend of dark fruits, earth, leather, light spices and just enough tannin to add some body without hiding the fruit. Wonderful. No one feature was overwhelming - nicely balanced and just barely on the subtle side of "big".
Slow O for 4 hours. This opens with a noir-like nose of sous bois, wet black earth, black pepper, dried leaves and a core of slightly under ripe red and black berries. The palate is tight at first, but with airtime reveals nicely styled fruit and a very lively acid backbone. I found this to be a so-so drink, with flavours of graphite, flint and red and black berries, but others at the table just loved it. For the $27 paid, I think it's a good value. Beyond that, it might really be stretching it. Tannins mostly integrated at this point, with the finish just a bit clipped. 13% abv, drink thru 2013
First bottle of this case; decanted for thirty minutes and found it impressive. Drank the 01 the night before. Interestingly the 00 was softer with less of tannic backbone. Each were delightful. Great color, nose that developed over time. Certainly ready to drink but no hurry. Should last another decade with ease.
An excellent bottle of this wine. Classic Pauillac that continued to open impressively over the course of 90 minutes. Became deeper, sweeter and more velvety with air. To drink over the next 5 years based on this bottle – though others have been far less good. (90)
From magnum. The wine seemed a bit thin and acidic. I double decanted it about 5 hours ahead of service because I needed to drive somewhere with it. This may have overworked the wine. The wine is ready to drink now and won't get any better by holding it.
Decanted prior to drinking and then over the next 2 hours while consuming. At first there was a very chalky smell with mixed berries and maybe a little menthol on the nose. It was missing any cedar or earthiness that I would expect, but it had a fresh earthiness that reminded me a bit of fresh cut hay. After sitting for a while the smell warmed up and I picked up lots of graphite. On the palate it was very smooth, but a bit thin, especially on the end. It was tart and slightly metallic and vegetative. The length (~25 secs) and complexity were not particularly high, and it didn't evolve much in the mouth.
Drank with Filet Mignon dinner at home. This was the last of two bottles that I own. This bottle was much better than the first which I drank 5, or so, years ago. First taste is of the earth. Silky start that seems to fill the mouth. Very dark fruit on the finish.
Wow, this has really turned the corner. A few years back I tasted this and I was distinctly unimpressed, but this is now showing suave aromas of roasted green pepper and tobacco beautifully integrated with dark cassis aromas. On the palate this is ultra-smooth and very spicy, with green notes showing as a complicating character for the pure cassis flavors. Not huge length or complexity here (as one would expect), but clearly starting to drink very well.
Expressive nose of barynyard, earth and dirt atop black cherries and underbrush . Super silky smooth and a wine of finese. This slides down the throat with mucbh pleasure, massaging with black cherries and hints of black olives and graphite. I love it. Before you know it, you are downing the whole bottle. Excellent balance of fruit , acidity, tannins and funkiness. What more can one ask for in a bordeaux and a second label at that!
Dark red violet. Huge chocolaty, herb infused nose showing more than a bit of oak, however it is quite well integrated into the whole. Fullish palate weight, packed with fruit and lots of interesing cedar, gaaphite, minerally and curranty fruit, along with the herb and chocolate components. Paired nicely with grilled rib-eyes. One gets the sense this wine is still improving.
Very similar note to the previous one - green - peppers and asparagus - there is nice balance and some nice currant fruit on the palate, but there is still the green tinge. Overall, there is nice balance and a very savoury complexity to this wine, but the green edge does not merit a larger score. Glad I drank this now, must be about optimal.
Deep ruby color, with a brownish rim. Youthful nose plenty of cooked meats, cigar box, mulberries, cedar and refined oakiness. Med to full, with flavors of kirsh, chocolate, plums, raisins, nuts, leather and black pepper. Medium aftertaste. Perfect match with lamb cooked with mushrooms and rosemary, in a cabernet sauvignon sauce.
some cedar/yes cedar/green stuff/pencil shavings/roses/tobacco/leather/some cherries/yet a little monodimensional, a little reductive/medium boided/not long/light mid palate/not supported by enough acidity/clearly not my wine. */Rebuy No
Not quite medium-bodied; somewhat green and watery on the limited finish. Not much tannin left here; if you need some grip to go with the food, this is probably not the wine. Still, a credible second wine and a good value from a great year. Fading; drink up.
Decanted over an hour before consuming, it really needs that! It has immediately a lovely nose of the typical Pauillac cedar. This remains a great second wine. I also had this wine a few years ago, it has clearly evolved and beautifully so. Good length, fine balance.
Opened and drank with no decant. Really, really enjoyable. Very dark garnet/black in color, nose is classic Pauillac with the leather, pencil shavings, dark fruits, tobacco. I started to think maybe a little Brett, but on second thought it is either very little or just the Leather and Cedar notes showing strong. Gorgeous mouthfeel, a bit of tannin still present but very well balanced on a Fruit/Acidity/Alcohol balance. Front palate is full of red and black fruits, dark chocolate, cedar plank. The finish is dark cherries and spice, bit of a lingering minerality. 20+ second finish. Really regretting not buying more of these, will save my second bottle for 4-6 years and see where it is at. 50+5+14+11+10=90
Opened for 3 hours prior to drinking. Consumed over the next 3 hours. Pleasant nose of chocolate and raw steak on a bed of garden greens and earth. Nice leathery dark fruits and red fruits on the palate followed later by chocolate and silky tannins. Really nice Bordeaux. Glad I didn't open it earlier although it doesn't taste like it will benefit much from further aging.
Decanted for about an hour. Clear, medium to dark ruby. The nose was a combination of dark red fruits, olive, pencil lead and herbal notes...classic Pauillac On the palate, that core of dark fruits was surrounded by cedar, tobacco, olives. Very interesting, and very good with lamb chops.
Very dark red. Big cedary nose, with a but of leather and mocha type chocolate, perhaps some graphite type minerality in the background. Fullish palate weight, but in balance. Tannins have softened a bit, but are still present, with balanced acidity. Texturally, has some softness, and promises further improvement in this area. Dark fruit flavors, currants, a hint of leather and the cedar component flow across the palate. The impression is the wine is still in its ascendancy, still a bit tight from the perspective of revealing all of its charms. Nicely loing finish. Try again in 2011.
This seemed to be very green on decanting. Became a litte more rounded as it aired our and warmed up. Lots of black olive, herbs, black fruits are secondary to the green and olive notes. Medium bodied, sweet and pretty ripe, still with a green edge, but juicy blackcherry and currant fruit. Dry, mild tannins, but a slightly astringent finish - red and balck currant.
This was not nearly as good as a 2000 Padoges de Cos a few weeks back, much thinner and less complexity. But still pretty good.
Double decanted and then stood about 2 hours before serving. Lots of earthiness on the nose, with smells of dried leaves and cedar box. On the palate this wine tastes of green olives, pencil lead and leather. Some red berry fruit left, but not much. Drinking very well now. Great value for this wine; you'd be hard pressed to find this concentration, typicite, and balance for $40 from such a great vintage.
I open it for 1/2 hrs before serve it . Appearance : It is ruby in colour . Nose , it has medium intensity of spicy , smoky , berry on the nose . Palate : it is light bodied , soft wine with low tannin and low acidity . There are medium intemsity of spicy , smoky and berry on the palate but with short aftertaste . I buy it for HK$480 and it is not value for money
I cannot believe how well this wine is drinking. With a little decanting after opening it offered quite text book type of Pauillac secondary aromas. This is not a power house wine, but so very much enjoyable to drink at the moment with plenty of time left. My hosts were extremely pleased with this wine.
A very good, classic Bordeaux that is beginning to hit its stride. Cassis fruit mixed with pencil shavings and tobacco leaf. Maybe a touch herbal on the palate with medium depth and length. Very pleasant. (89)
Mmm, I love where this has gone over the past 3 years. A wonderfully distinct nose, still showing some Bay Leaf but now drenched in tobacco as well. Spicy and leafy, really textbook Pauillac. A lean, tense, and somewhat nervous wine. A bit of a sweet core of black cherry, but lacking really deep flesh, this is definitely advancing. I'm not sure if this is closed down or just starting to dry out, but it is quite lovely. Some firm tannins suggest that this still is waiting to open fully.
bordeaux tasting (Binny's Highland Park): nose: this is much more pauillac in style then LaLande is which is interesting. Really rustic nose of cedar box, green pepper, pencil shavings, tobbacco, and some dark fruit tones
taste: you can sense the cab franc being used in this with a more vegetal taste to it of herbs, green peppers, black currant jam, tobbacco, and dark fruits
overall: a really good wine. Still very firm on the tannins with an interesting profile and a nice clean but yet rustic finish
Color:Deep, completely Black purple. Nose: Herbaceous, blaccurrant jam Palate: Fine cab backbone, rounded (velvety), 10-sec finish. Fresh fruit acids on the side but perhaps drank too young and these acids should integrate in couple of years. But on the whole, quite pleasing to drink.
Wine was good, but not great, really expected something better, it was ordinary, I decanted, but maybe did not wait long enough to drink, although as we finished it, it really did not get any more complex. wine was drinkable, but hardly worth the price...
This wine has surprisingly changed itself for the better after being opened for 24 hours. I was going to fairly quick to write it off yesterday evening as short and uninteresting. Concluding, prematurely I might add, that the wine had drifted past it's prime. Tonight, it has blossomed both in fragrance and flavour, with a lovely blend of mocha and light spice and subtle but delicious flavours of bright cherries and reserved tannins. This is the kind of surprise I love in a wine.
After an hour of decanting, this wine still show it's youthful stage but the nose show a typical pauillac, tobacco, black fruits and chocolate. Palate is quite full with plenty of fruits and slight tannin. It end with a slight bitterness and finished is moderate.
Decanted for an hour. Dark purple colour. Nose shows blackcurrants, cedar, olive and some faint herbal notes. Elegant and medium bodied on the palate with a silky texture, more blackcurrant and olive notes, good acidity and moderate tannins. Falls away a little on the finish but otherwise very nice.
The vintage broods no introduction. Most regarded the communes of of St. Emilion and Pomerol to have fared the best producing some of the finest wines in the whole vintage. The winemaker described their 2000 vintage as deep and dense. Fruity with an exotic touch, spicy and long-lived. Robert Parker - Wine Advocate # 146 Apr 2003 described the 2000 Comtesse as one of the finest second wines this estate has produced.
13.0%. Blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc. Decanted for 2 hours. It may not be the cream of Pauillacs as its parent but it does offer some nice cassis feel. Medium-bodied. Still a bit green. While not lush, it's pricey for this vintage but attractively well-made with a herbal finish. Looking forward to re-tasting this vintage. Drink between 2008 and 2014. For the rest of my write-up, tasting notes and wine photography, please visit www.winekakis.com.
Hmmm. After decanting this threw a massive nose of green olives followed by green bell pepper on the palate--not prefered characterisitics. This was backed up with a dense, tannic beast that obviously has legs to go the distance. Several hours later, the wine has settled and while the olive and green pepper flavors are stil there, the wine is smoother and moer enjoyable. A future increase in scoring will be based on the result of the green streak fading. Will the fruit last?
Drank another one with friends last night. I don't believe this will improve much more, although it has enough tannins and body to last at least another five years. The flavours were of bright cherries, with serious oak right out of the bottle. Struck me as being a bit austere, although still a lovely wine.
Not one of those "creme de cassis" Pauillacs, this offers some nice red and blackcurrant notes with a significant currant leaf note. It may not be a lush wine, but it is very attractive and well made, with a cool herbal/vegetal note that seems polished and not a fault.
This for science. After about 2 hours, and a decant the nose is rather coy, but upon swirling I get the green bell pepper and kirsh. The wine is very dark, right to the rim. There is decent weight and concentrated creamy red and black fruit. Som plums and a hint of iodine. The balance is what I crave from this producer, and with further aging I see it happening here. But for the time being the finish is a bit clipped and slightly acidic and steely. After drinking the 89 a month or so ago, I can vouch for the benefits of age. Leave for 5 years. The hints of green that people mention will turn to compelling cedar. Must get some more. Yum
decanted for an hour before drinking. Great, distinctive bordeaux nose and flavors. Definite green notes (as noted by other reviews here) and loads of richness/complexity. Medium length finish has a little sweetness.
I really enjoyed this wine. After 30 minutes of breathing, this wine really improved. Medium-bodied. A bit sweeter than I expected, but overall this exceeded my expectations. I believe the wine deserves higher than RP's 89 rating. A great second growth wine and at a surprisingly reasonable price.
Dark red with some purple at the rim. Nice nose of tobacco, and um did I mention tobacco, lead pencil and some forest floor. Almost a little herbal at first. Plenty of dark ripe cabernet fruit started to come through with some air though and it kept getting better and better. Medium bodied with plenty of acidity and a nice but short finish. This kept getting better and better and I like it the best on the third day.
Primary and rough right out of the glass. With some coaxing and time a very interesting bay leaf note emerges. Very Cabernet Sauvignon notes lift from the glass: black olives, cassis and earthy tones. After an hour some green olive notes are present, but they are not offensive--any more and I'd think the fruit was harvested too early. A hint of alcohol. Big palate, great length and structure. Med tannins. I would drink this wine by 2015.
A darned nice wine. The nose really does scream Bordeaux in the way I like it. It smelled like I was standing in the middle of an old-growth forest, with plenty of earth and wet leaves. Quite berbaceous, but not agressive or underripe. The palate showed leather and some cassis, good length, and aging potential. Great food wine, and my WOTN.
Seattle Low-Key Bordeaux at Lola (Lola Restaurant): Clearly the youngest wine of the night. Dark toast, Cassis, black cherry, a hint of licorice. At times a very sweet and sappy nose of primary grape. Eric nailed the bay leaf character in the wine, and ultimately nailed the wine double blind- unbelievable. Very nice wine with a lot of potential to grow and improve.
Low-key Tasting Group does Bordeaux at Lola (Seattle, WA, USA): Wow, this was fantastic. Initially the nose was reserved, somewhat medicinal, with roast espresso and char, a typical Bordeaux barrel profile. The fruit seems to be hiding, but there is a lot of minerality and some initial bitterness. Wow, with 30 minutes of air this totally morphed into a wine I recognized and correctly guessed double blind. The herbaceous nose shows dill and a remarkably unmistakeable note of spicy Bay leaf and green olive. This simply screams Cabernet. For some people this might sound like a negative description, but it was distinct and fantastic. Best of all, the palate picked up weight, breadth, sappiness and overall mouthfeel that clearly showed this as a 2000, far more balanced, deep and broad than the other wines in the tasting. I am very impressed!
Very dark purple, nose of blackcurrant, pencil lead and cedar. This is clearly a wine of some structure and substance, but is very tight and semi shut-down. After a few minutes of air there were hints of green pepper on the nose and on the palate, while with good underlying fruit, the tannins and oak were noticeable and the finish dry and slightly bitter. I believe this wine will improve substantially within 4-5 years.
Wow, when first opened, just as in June this is amazingly green with spicy notes of bay leaf, green tobacco, and olive. However, after 15 minutes some more ripe notes of cassis start to pop through along with roasted coffee. The palate is very structured, still quite closed but with fantastic minerality, tobacco and ripe fruit. This is definitely showing some acid right now and needs more time, but it is intriguing. This is a very distinct wine. After an hour of air the green notes were totally integrated, and this showed more red fruit and espresso, still quite tight yet with a lot of flesh. This really needs some time, but I think it will be a glorious tobacco-fest of a Pauillac with a few years.
Dinner at Château des Alpilles. Out of the bottle the nose provided a stunning blast of green notes with dominant green tobacco, olive, bay leaf and dill. The palate is mineral driven and dusty. The wine is nicely balanced but also very tannic and closed right now.
Dark ruby red. Mixture of red and dark fruit on the reticent nose. In the mouth, good rich ripe fruit, but lacking somewhat in structure and delineation. I would have guessed a high Merlot component, but maybe it is just the young vines showing. Missing thrust and grip, but might improve a bit with time. Slightly disapointing here, I had expected a bit more.
Our bottle showed wonderfully well, with lovely fruit, tannin, spices, tobacco and tar. We were shocked this showed so well. (A bottle we opened a few weeks later was shut down). This needs time, but will be wonderful.
Tasted from the Vintage Wines, Ltd. tasting bar. Bright disc. Deep-to-opaque purple robe with violet rim. Clean nose, showing moderately intense weedy/bell pepper aromas, with lighter notes of currants and cassis. Thin-textured on the palate, with relatively tart acidity and similar vegetal flavors as for the nose. The mid-palate is hollow and the resurrected finish is dry and short. An unimpressive effort that is not worth the price.