Definitive Bordeaux (Mirabelle Restaurant Austin, Texas): More to the nose, less to the palate than the 1966, this was a smooth, nicely balanced wine which "even has a little finish." A leaner, lighter style than the 1966, the 1985 Pape Clement had a "gorgeous" and "stunning nose," with one discerning taster identifying cinnamon, clove, all-spice, and rosemary, and another sour cherry and pencil/wood shavings. Remember when you had to change out the pencil sharpener shavings at school? Additional flavors of fruit, peppercorn, spices ("a cornucopia of"), black currant, and dark cherries were noted. "Good time 2B drinking this," "very 85," "damp forest floor," "lighter style," and "perfect example": this wine had its proponents. Billy said he was glad 2B here today. Thank the french pope.
Lunch-time tasting at Nicolas and Sandrine's; 2/20/2010-2/21/2010 (Paris, France): Un bouchon impossible à retirer, filtrage obligatoire...Robe trouble aux reflets bruns dans le fond du verre, arômes fragiles, qui se transforment rapidement, du sous-bois à la torréfaction, café, avec une note brûlée. L'apogée est derrière nous, tout le monde l'a noté mais c'est encore très fin, nous ne le déclarons pas mort !
What a wonderfull nose. Stone and gravel, cherries and lacorice. The first 2 gulps was nice as well, but then it died. This was over the top, but aged with beauty. Very drinkable but should have been drunk 5 years ago.
Opened on Superbowl Sunday. Cork was soaked nearly to the top and the nose was not really there. Taste was very green with very little finish. Either this was a bad bottle or this wine is well past its prime. No rating.
Bordeaux on the Hudson (Peter Pratt's Inn): An interesting wine if not particularly enjoyable. It had the nose of a sweeter wine, but this was bone dry. There was a little nuttiness that spoke to a slight oxidation. I'm assuming that all that's left here is Semillon. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
Little sediment. Deep dark red colour. Cedar, pencil shavings, graphite, slightly tarry, sweetly smokey nose deveoping into a really strong hickory smoke and bbq sauce. Bretty? Quite savoury and meaty on the palate, fat, viscous, long and lingering legs. Lovely and very different on the nose to the previous bottle a couple of months ago. Excellent
Good rich ruby colour, only slight garnet rim, far darker than 1990 Rioja Alta 904 reserva drunk alongside it. Pencil shavings on the nose, good core of sweet fruit, quite fleshy still with reasonable length. Not the greatest but very nice.
Gorgeous nose and palate on the immediate opening. Left for a while then drunk over cheese at the end of a dinner at home with friends. Continued to open up gorgeously in the glass and was very impressive. Mellowed and turned almost slightly sweet towards the end. Lots of fruit still and quite structured tannins. Think it will continue to show better over the next few years. Still looks like a youngish wine. Not as good as the Talbot '85 but very good indeed. Not rated by Robert Parker because it was the first year after winemaker Bernard Pujol moved in ( he produced a 91-point wine the following year).