This had a nice nose right out of the bottle. Cork was in great shape. In the mouth there was no fruit. I corked it and put it in the refrige for a day. There was a definite improvement. Some fruit appeared and a tastier experience but it started to fade as I kept at it. This wine has seen better days. Many years ago it won a tasting I went to stacked up against other St. Julian's. I went out and acquired some which is why I still have still another bottle. I think everyone liked it because it was somewhat of a RP monster. but it has just devolved rather than the reverse. If you have some, drink up. Decanting will help.
Pours light in colour with moderate bricking. This is a little bit of a more green, herbaceous, light and red fruited in style. Nose is mature of cigar, autumnal leaves, raspberry, green bell pepper, red cherry, cranberry, herbs and musty attic. Initially some rustic farmy elements were evident which blew off. Palate is quite light, with sour red cranberry like fruit and a green herbaceous streak giving a touch of bitterness. Essentially no tannin remains. Finish just a touch short. An enjoyable, fully mature, lighter styled Bordeaux. Drink up.
Bill poured me a glass of this wine at Yans-thank you Bill. It was full of dark fruit on the nose with a touch of wet forest and dust, more of the same on the palate, definitely Bordeaux, easy to drink, touch simple, almost passed its prime but very tasty wine, medium body and medium/long finish.
Casual Wines Session on Wednesday night (Extra Space, Boon Keng): Very dark colour and still look youthful, decanted for almost 2 hours and it is still tight on palate and gradually open up in the glass. Rich and structured on palate, exhibit blackcurrant, leather and earth. Finishes long with a grippy tannins. Drinking well after it open up but it can keep for at least another 5 years.
Eye: Into-neck; bottle in very good condition (OWC)
Bouquet: Basket full of black fruits: Plums & cassis; later on leather, pencil shavings and cedarwood; classical and very refined!
Mouth: Silky first touch, powerful and friendly; smooth tannins, enough backbone for further cellaring (might improve until 2014/15); elegance, finesse - but mature; a pleasure to drink now; finish; 30 caudalies (94/100).
Dark ruby red color with a certain brick tone at the rim. Completely closed,charmless and thin on the palate initially. I was actually fearing that the wine is dead when I tasted it just after uncorking. After 1-2 hours the wine changed dramatically. The nose is fully mature, with very little red fruit left and dominated by aromas of coffee bean, tobacco, forest floor and cedar. Medium bodied and rather watery on the palate, it certainly lacks the density and the charm of the 1995. The tannins are rather aggressive, especially on the finish, while the maturing flavors and the very little red fruit that it is still left on the palate is not able to harmoniously balance the abrasive tannins structure. Medium and drying finish. 12.5% (86-87/100)
A classic Bordeaux style and very good for the year. Decanted for 3 hours. Brick colour, early dusty, forest, liquorice notes with some cherry fruit although a little restrained. Opened nicely over the evening to some tomato leaf, tobacco notes with a nice, dry tannic finish. Overall a good balance although I do feel there is more left in this wine with careful cellaring.
Nicely aged, classic Bordeaux nose, with leather and dust. Decanted three hours but still not opened up. Perhaps it simply does not have it in it. Flavors were very masculine - muted black fruit, leather, tobacco. For the year, a very enjoyable wine.
90s Bordeaux (Asia Grand): Deeper nose with richer and riper fruits. Slightly vanillin oak, a bit of milo chocolate texturals. Has iniitial inkish purple fruits with powdery tannins. With tijme more peppers and robustly cabernet fruit showed. Really suprising for the vintage. Excellent drinking for now.
nose - opened up over several hours. I get mainly sweet oak and dark fruit, with an acetone volatility mouth - a fine aged bordeaux with still decent structure suggesting it can still last though I see no reason to hold onto these any longer. Drink while the drinking is good. Red cherries and cinnamon yield to a finessed sweet midpalate reminiscent of tea. Went nicely with mushroom risotto.
Youthful wine, still a bit inky but quite impressive. Red fruits on the nose, a touch of cedar and tobacco but only a little as it is still a bit closed and a little hard. Good levels of concentration, soft red fruits, ink and a touch on tannin showing but nothing harsh - lots of promise. Balanced and pleasing should be good in about 5 years time.
Classic and typical of the vintage. A little lean, a little green, but with plenty of power, plenty of fruit (red currants), a touch of nicely integrated oak, opened, broadened and softened over the course of the evening, still needs ~3 - 5 years to peak, I'll let my last half dozen rest. Actual rating 89.31, up to 1.5 points of improvement likely.
Sunday Football (Rick Halterman's house, Boulder CO): I opened but didn't decant 5 hours prior to spending an additional hour in a decanter. This showed a typical mature'ish bordeaux nose of dried dark fruit, lead pencil, forest floor and herbs that was followed by a medium bodied, balanced palate that possesses and slight austerity. A beautifully drinking wine that I can't see improving from this point.
Served single blind next to LLC94 and DucruB94. Very nice. Silky texture on a firm structure. All secondary flavors here with licorice prevailing. Slightly drying on the end, just the way I like it. Lagrange is always a pleasure. 17/20.
Spanish traditional Christmas lunch with owed lamb. Beautiful mature colour with brick edges. On nose and palate, typically Bordeaux here: meaty, forrest fruits, pencil and a bit oaky....but with tannins and acidity to resist a few more years laying down. One more bottle in cellar to enjoy next year.
Para la comida de Navidad con cordero asado. Un bello color maduro con bordes anaranjados. En boca y nariz, típicamente Burdeos: cárnico, frutas del bosque, lápiz y notándose la madera, pero con acidez y taninos para resisitir unos años más. Tengo una botella más en la bodega para disfrutar el año próximo.
A very enjoyable wine. Decanted to remove sediment. Nose was beautiful aged bdx on night one. Tannins had mostly resolved, but on the palate, the wine was a little austere. Fruit was just not showing in the mouth, although currant and blackberry was in the nose along with some earthy and rustic notes. Finish was medium. By night two, the palate had caught up (almost) with the nose. The wine had really filled out with nice fruit through the finish. Still has some time, no doubt.