Soft tannins with a nice structure. Decanted and aired for 1hr and nice green tones shone through the cedar and chocolate. Drinks well, maybe have one or two more years before it heads south. Bargain for the price of 40 usd
Lunch at Dezato (Dezato, Jalan Telok): I have come to see 1994 as one of the "off-vintages" that can yield very pleasurable left-banks for a fraction of the cost of more heralded years. This bottle was a fine example of that. Nothing profound or really special, but just a nice wine drinking perfectly as it approached its 18th year. It had a classic nose Médocain nose of cassis, tobacco and tea leaves. Very nice. The palate had resolved into soft, velvety texture, with fresh but surprisingly supple acidity wrapped around nice, plush flavours of cassis and black cherries sprinkled with a nice touch of spice at the decent finish. Not tremendously complex, but very yummy indeed. I enjoyed this wine.
Opened, decanted and consumed over 3 hours. Deep purple core with some bricking at the rim. Surprisingly youthful wine with a nose of cassis and red currents, tobacco, lead and smokey oak. Medium bodied with nice fruit concentration, the palate flavours are akin to the nose. Initially there was some alcohol on the finish but after a short time this faded and the wine became more balanced. Fine tannins remain. The finish is slightly short. A good wine for the vintage? It certainly exceeded my expectations. (Note, this is the first wine Oliver has tasted -- it was just a drop from the tip of my finger after wanting to sniff it in the glass).
Starting to show its age a little bit - quite smelly at first on the nose - farmyard and manure. Gives way to an earthy, slightly decomposed vegetable flavours, which is more pleasant than it sounds. The wine is fading now. This might have been a bad bottle because we have had others recently from the same vintage that had a bit more clarity. Drink now.
Glasgow Offline (Chardon d'Or): A very stinky, bretty nose heading towards Beaucastel. Quite a nice fresh note on the attack. Fills out beautifully. Very elegant wine. Really lovely balance. Very Good Indeed.