Decanted and shared with a number of friends but pared with lobster and shellfish, so not the greatest. Pleasant but no bells for me and wine seemed perhaps a bit more aged than I would have expected. It deserved more attention and fuss than it got this night. Probably needed still more air...lesson learned
Anise, mint, eucalyptus, blackberry, chalky and powdery tannins, with a short Welch's grape juice finish...Visually the wine is dense and young, with little bricking and deep color, but under delivering for me in dimension with a short chalky finish. It's a good wine, but I'm not really interested in buying more.
A little cautious after reading mixed reviews. After a good 3 hour decant, I still had to search for the nose, but subtle aromas of blackberry and cherry were soon apparent. What a revelation on the palate ; it just exploded in the mouth with big flavours of berry fruit being checked by lovely smooth tannins and a lingering finish. This just kept getting better in the glass. A fantastic wine fully in its drinking window.
Given the pedigree of this wine, I'd have to say this was disappointment. Opened with an (undecanted) nose that was just ok - some charcoal, earth, truffle, but you really had to search for it. Tannins a little bit on the light side, and as the evening wore on, they got even lighter with no compensating acidity or fruit development. The wine went into slow decline after about 45 minutes, never quite going off the edge but never quite opening up either, telling me that it clearly does not lack the structure of an elite wine. Finished ok with some nice secondary notes of black fruit but nothing complex. I'd have to admit that I might assign it an even lower score if it weren't such a storied Chateaux so I might give it the benefit of the doubt.
First bottle. Solid if not spectacular tasting. This was PNP an hour before grilled strip steaks and the wine continues to drink well and youngish, good sweet fruit but a slight sour undertone that limited my enthusiasm. I will revisit remaining bits.
Platnick Intro Retro of Merlot (Evanston, IL): Tasted blind. This was a poor showing and perhaps a bum bottle. Ruby. Odd aromatic that is funky and dirty. Palate has very light fruit and is hollow, with just a bunch of acids remaining. Will assume it as flawed. My #11, Group #11.
Consistent with previous note from 9 months ago. Still very young. Very dark color. A nose of blackberry, smoke, and licorice. Powerful, exotic, and modern in style. Still has some oak influence. Still fairly tannic. Nice long finish. I'm starting to think that I should give this awhile before I try this again.
Big Bordeaux X : Right Bank (Kevin and Vicki's house): See rnr for decant time. Palate is vegetable and a lot of earth. The palate kind of lands with a thud and doesn't do much. Bitter tannin on the finish. This still hits my level for exceptional but it seems that others have had better luck with it.
2015 French Wine Dinner (Harrison, NY): Decanted for a few hours and then drank at our French wine dinner, alongside a '98 Petit Villages. On the violet side in terms of color, and no particular signs of age in the glass. Some aromas of black fruit and tobacco. Medium bodied with good fruit--blackberries, plums. The wine is quite well-structured with a solid backbone and strong acidity level. If I had drunk this wine blind, I might have thought it a left bank Bdx, especially as compared to the Pomerol had with it. Good length, and some nice earthiness, spice, tobacco, & fairly firm dusty tannins here, along with well-integrated fruit. An interesting, if somewhat austere right banker that should be given plenty of time to open up before drinking. I believe this wine can do with some additional bottle age, and would always decant it.
Big Bordeaux X: Right Bank Stars including '85 & '98 Cheval, '90 d'Yquem + More (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark red/purple color. Decanted for 2 hours; drank 1 glass over 2 hours. This was good, but still a disappointment given the level of expectation. Coming off more modern and a bit klunky with deep black and blue fruits on the nose, charcoal, fresh wood and lots of spice character. The palate is full bodied, more brooding, spicy, new wood, licorice, dusty, firm tannins. This got very modestly better over 2 hours. A bit of an enigma, this seems too young, and unless this was an aberrant bottle it needs significantly more cellar time. 90+(+?)pts.
Vindredi (Jeff's): Tasted blind. Riper than the 1999, with a dense, dark nose filled with spice and leather. More dense, ripe red fruit on the palate, with mouthwatering acidity to finish. Still tasting young and fresh, this was really enjoyable.
St. Emilion with Vindredi (Home): Very deep ruby to the rim, bouquet of sweet lavender. Flavors of leather, forest floor, plum, strawberry. Moderately rich mouthfeel, high acid. Very long finish, slightly drying, flavors of licorice.
Very happy with this wine. I got some to see what some ready to drink PM was like as I bought up the 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2006. This was full of deep fruit, cherries, raspberries. Integrated tannins and very smooth. Ready to drink, but many years left. Complex and long finish.
Still deep purple. Lovely rich nose, slightly less complex on the palate, but still very good. Great balance. Silky ripe tannins still slightly evident. Probably another 3-5 years before this becomes fully mature.
Paired very well with a filet. Deep violet color with minimal lightening of the edges. Needed only 1 hour of decanting for it to open up nicely. Ripe plum, blackberry, licorice, truffle, and toasted hazelnut. A solid mouthfeel and silky on the palate. Still has tannins to integrate. Solid acidic backbone. Medium-plus finish. This wine seems so much younger than a '98, and has a long way to go.
Etheral nose with florality, liquorice, plums, clove and -surprisingly- still obvious oak. Medium-bodied, silky-textured and balanced with a long aftertaste. Very enjoyable now with potential for further development over the next 5 years.
Had with barbecued ribs, which was–surprisingly–an outstanding pairing. Bright red and dark juicy fruit, tobacco, licorice, rich and mouth filling, finishes long, smooth, and clean. This is simply excellent, and I so regret only buying one mag now! Delicious.
Drank the 95 and 98 Pavie Macquin side by side. The similarities were pronounced. The 98 was a bit more complex and rich, and edged out the 95 for most of the table. the 95 was brighter and higher toned.
Popped and poured, 30 minutes of air helped the licorice, stone, black raspberry, floral and dark cherry aromatics appear. The wine is supple, soft and elegant, finishing with fresh plums, the essence of dark chocoalte and dark red berries. Drink now, or age it 3-5 years, this is a very nice wine.
Showing well out of the gate, this only continued to flesh out and fatten with air. A nose full of chocolate, plums, leather, and cedar. Ripe and round in the palate, a little foie - this is rich. Jolly, even. A long finish. I can appreciate this, but I will always be a Left Bank man.
This bottle seems younger than the last bottles tasted. Dark ruby core, not lightening at the rim. Bouquet is milder, yet notes of floral, red fruits, coffee and green pepper are not hard to find. Palate has maintained the plushness and balance, delicious red cherry, earth, coffee and leather. Tannins are quite noticeable, but very fine and gives the wine a good lift. Medium finish with dried berries, cigar and a tiny bit of green note. This '98 still has some time to go, and will develop nicely over the 5+ years.
Purple in color. 13.5% ABV. As this was poured into the decanter aromas of earth, stone, violets, pencil, leather and cherry literally filled the room. I could have stopped right here and just smelled the wine for the rest of the night. Perfectly balanced, silky, complex and elegant. Plum, cherry, tobacco, currant, and cassis on the palate. Suave and silky tannins on the incredibly long finish. Gorgeous wine right now but I will save my last few bottles to drink over the next 4-6 years. Simply a triumph from a great vintage on the Right Bank.
Clos du Stavanger monthly tasting Oct. 2013 - 1998 horisontal (Stavanger, Norway): Lots of oak mixed with black currant on the nose. Sweet and a bit heavy fruit. Still in its primary phase. Appealing, and even more so when the oak declines with air. Then pencils, paprika and an earthy minerality is taking more of the stage. The palate has sweet and fine fruit. Good concentration, but a bit too heavy. There is a burn in the finish that is negative. Improves with air, and I would wait 10 years for next bottle.
APPEARANCE: clear; medium garnet, medium legs & tears NOSE: clean; pronounced intensity; flavour characteristics: black fruit(blackberry, black cherry), red fruit(red cherry), tobacco, liquorice; developing PALATE: dry; high acidity; full body; high tannin (fine grained); high alcohol; long finish; pronounced flavour intensity; flavour characteristics: as per nose: prune, tobacco, black fruit(blackberry, black cherry), liquorice, slight bitterness READINESS FOR DRINKING: can drink now, but has potential for ageing FURTHER REMARKS: an excellent well-developed right bank with plenty of flavour, complexity all very well balanced with a long finish. This is really great and will still dronk for years to come.
Tasted side by side with La Gaffelière and La Conseillante of the same vintage, this one compares favourably with the other two. Deep ruby core that goes almost all the way to the rim with only slightly hint of brick. Fragrant nose of cassis, dark fruit, raisiny note (but not too much), truffle, sweet spice, licorice. On the palate, medium plus acidity, supple tannins, long finish with notes of cocoa. Well-balanced. Drinking very well now, but can hold for at least another decade because of its structure. 70% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.
I've been tasting this wine at least once a year for the past decade and it's really coming around to showing its true potential. Flowers, crushed stone, spice box, black cherry and earthy scents keep you busy. On the palate, pure silk and velvet textures and long, clean, pure finish is what you'll find in this wine. This is the perfect time to pop a bottle, but my bet is, it's only going to get better with more time. While not cheap, for a wine of this quality entering maturity, it's worth buying to get a good idea on how strong 1998 Right Bank wines can be. This was popped and poured and continued developing in the glass.
Dark ruby claret with tiny bit of browning on the rim. Soft, soothing aromatics of violet, floral, strawberry, coffee, stone, and hint of green pepper and meat juice. Palate is gentle and nicely balanced, this medium bodied beauty contains black cherry, earth, coffee and leather. Tannins are soft, plush and finely integrated, leading to a finish with dried berries, cigar smoke and burnt wood. Very delicious now, certainly will offer great drinking pleasure for the next decade or so.
This bottle got somewhat lost in a very large tasting of others wines - impressive depth of chocolate, plump fruit and spices. Super grained tannins that are not yet fully resolved - should be quite a wine in another 10 years. For now I'd be inclined to Hold.
Oh this is very good. Deep purplish blue, the colour and density reminds me of the fountain pen ink I used to write with as a child. Rich and smoky nose of dark berries, violets, pencil shavings, leather and mocha that was to die for. On the palate, it wasn't as big as the visuals and aromatics suggested -- this was a beautifully balanced wine with terrific flavour, complexity, elegance and finesse that I normally find hard to square with the right bank but here it is. The fruit and tannin and beautifully integrated, and the oak is just sufficiently toasty to round out the subtle acidity of the wine. The finish is long and silky, with a faint sweet edge. While it is enjoyable now, I believe it when others say this wine can improve further over the next few decades
Deep purple with very little clear rim, offers a nose of dusty earth with light vegetal tones. Continues with berries, minerals and lead pencil. Not near its peak , but approachable. Will probably drink well for 15 years at least.
Dark ruby color with an ethereal nose of rich berry, Saint Emilion earth, saddle leather, and cocoa. The palate is very rich and multi-dimensional with flavors of strawberry, dark cherries, licorice, toasted oak, vanilla, mocha, clove, and sage. This is all captured in a silky texture that peaks in the mid-palate, then gradually tapers off into the long, mineral-filled horizon with earthy tannins that are just so engaging that a 10-year window of drinking pleasure is easily attainable. Drink now until 2023.
Slightly more powerful and a little less opulent than the tremendous 00 Pavie Macquin, this stunning, still opaque colored wine has it all. Great concentration, fat silky fruit and strong aromatics. Still young, this lusty wine will improve. But if anyone feels like popping a bottle now, who could blame them?
Bottle #3 and best performance yet. Still a fullbodied wine, but showing excellent purity and intriguing sweetness on the nose. Telltale green peppers are in the background, tannins seemed gentler and more mellow than last bottle. Medium length. Lovely eastside bdx! Opened in the morning for dinner same evening. Served with filet of wild reindeer; splendid match! 92+
Decanted at STK Vegas for appx 45 minutes. The wine had an overpowering nose of coffee and perhaps plums. Very very strong nose, and very pleasant! The wine is a dark ruby red showing no bricking at all and is just a luscious glass of wine. This is what the right bank is all about in a great vintage like 1998. Loads of ripe red fruit on the palatte with lots of great spice, some earth & minerality too. The soft, silky tannins were well integrated in the wine making for wonderful elegance. Great length too. The wine developed, changed and improved while in my glass and I was sorry I didn't have more to drink. Very elegant, well-delineated wine that is drinking great right now but still has some time to go, and I think it could get even better. I'm very happy I have several bottles in my cellar.
Mixed Bag, Mostly Bordeaux in KW (Chris' House): Decanted for sediment, and served immediately. Right out of the gate, this was rocking. Nose of red berries, black cherries, plums, earth, fresh coffee grinds, caramel, cured meats, and a massive truffle note that always gets me going. On the palate, richly textured, with like notes of ripe black cherries, earth, and cedar. Some oak pokes through a bit, but really fits this style. Still some tannin lingering, and the necessary counterbalancing acidity to compliment the gorgeous ripe fruit. Really nice now, but still a bit of upside that could see this gain a point or two with a bit more tertiary development.
Excellent, distinct nose. Truffle, coffee, dark fruit liqueur aromas. Palate is fairly firm still. This is really great but Just a touch on the young side for my palate. Should improve with a little more bottle age.
1998 Pavie –Macquin, 1999 Pavie, and 2001 Pavie (with all 3 wines decanted for 1.5 hours) tasted over 2.5 hour hour dinner . All three wines an indistinguishable dark plum color. 2001 Pavie medium-full body with rich nose and layers of tobacco, earth, licorice, graphite, smoke around dark fruit ball, and smooth well integrated tannins with very nicely tapering and long finish; favorite of 3 of 4 tasting. Likely to benefit from 2-4 more years in the cellar and to drink well for a number of years after that . 1999 Pavie had many similarities to 2001, but a brief astringent note and bite initially (that completely disappeared after about 30 minutes in the glass) but a little lighter on the mid palate, with less pronounced dark fruit and secondary tobacco, earth, licorice flavors and less striking but nice finish. Very nice after 30 minutes in glass and 2ed favorite of 3 tasters and 1st of the 3ed. 1998 Pavie Mcquin initially with the most striking upfront sweet red and dark fruit nose and flavor, bit lighter body, smooth reserved tannins, without the secondary layers/ compexity of flavor and less pronounced finish; best in the first 45 minutes of drinking with finish fading out over time. Nice early in dinner as favorite of 1 taster and 2ed favorite of 2 tasters early in dinner with this changing as 1999 Pavie developed and 1998 Pavie Macquin faded.
Our first bottle from this case (bot on release) and man is it great. The tannins are fully resolved, great mouth feel, a bit of glycerin left, and just freaking smooth. The nose is classic Pavie (family) with big dark fruit and an earthy/tar thing going. Jackie really liked this, too.
Initially very acidic and peppery on the palate, with closed nose of dark cherries. 2 hour decant fixed that 'jus fine. Great aromatic nose of coal, wet concrete, herbs and dark fruits. Greatly satisfying. Full palate of dark ripe cherries and plum, quite a bit of tannin left with a great streak of acidity. I'll hold the other one for a few more years, and greatly look forward to tasting again. Only was able to have one glass out of the bottle. Just came back from a Barnett Vineyards tasting, which was great, but confirms my love for the francs. Outstanding
Very youthful ruby-garnet in color. Cedar, cherry, berries and herbaciousness on the nose. Medium-bodied, with firm but juicy tannins, bright fruit and balancing acidity. Long. Not as impressive as when first tasted almost 2 years ago, probably because this time it had to compete against the magnifficent Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004...
Quite deep garnet. Nose has medium intensity and is more typical of the variety than the place, cedar, some herbaceoussness and ripe plummy fruit. Palate is supple with rounded velvety texture, good acidity and clean finish. Nice wine but not great. At least for the moment, as I believe it will get better aromatically with time.
Second bottle on Fathers Day at Susan's. Popped and poured. Excellent bottle, only it came after a 95 Amouresses that blew me away. Black ink color to the rim. The nose and palate seemed muted, probably because the Amouresses was wide open, tertiary, and hitting on all cylinders.Still young IMHO, but definitely approachable. Good balance and structure. Has long life ahead and I will hold off as long as possible before opening another.
Dark red color with a red hue. Smoky nose with ripe plums, black cherries and black currant along with sweet notes of vanilla. Very ripe and full-bodied on the palate, with exciting and concentrated black fruit, plums and black currant, followed by loads of scorthed earth, licorice and oak. Finely integrated tannins and a mouthwatering acidity. Great length. Overall a very exciting and refined wine that keeps you reaching for the glass.
Decanted and drunk over a 5 hrs period. Dense, dark-red color. Lovely aromatic nose crammed with blackcurrants, anise, minerals and a light, appealing whiff of dusty cigarbox. Round, velvety mouthfeel with wellpolished tannins, that has a light touch of greenness which to me seems rather appealing. Feels somewhat short in the aftertaste though. Could probably use a few more rears. Good and correct wine imo.
Right Bank Tasting with a Flight of 1998s: Starts all funky, but this blows off and the wine really improved over the evening. Still, too young. Dark and dense, yet like the Grand Mayne, very dry drinking with no discernable sweetness. Lots of tannins on the finish, these 1998's aren't closed hard, but they seems subdued and a little stern right now, the Pavie-Macquin most of all. Still, these will probably be wonderful once fully mature. But this reminds me why Bordeaux can lose some fans, who don't have the patience to wait 20 years nor the BD's tolerance of youthful tannins. B+/A- with a bright future.
Agree with the prior note. Haven't had this for a few years, and this bottle was less open and more unyielding than last time. A nice wine, but will be interesting to see whether it lives up to its earlier promise.
Not quite as thrilling as the last bottle I had maybe a year ago. Nonetheless, a very enjoyable wine. We drank it during a jam session with my band so I wasn't really that focused on it, but what stood out for me was how youthful it is. It is tannic too, maybe a little too much so? But enough of all this negativity. It was juicy, fruit-filled, evolving through the course of the evening. Maybe a touch of green, but not in an overly dominating or unpleasant way.
Eleven 1998 St Emilions and a Lone Pomerol. Maybe some Yquem too (Bethesda, MD): Macquin, to my pallate, continues to assert itself as a very mercurial St Emilion. It seems to demand great weather to really express itself, having a note of vegetal green when the season isn't so sublime. This wine was perhaps the most unique of the evening, exhibiting what Dr. Levy presciently predicted as barbeque sauce. Very intriguing indeed, the charm of the wine was in full force. The question was KC Masterpiece or Sweet Southern.
Dark red, almost opaque, with some purple hues indicating youth. Licorice, blackberries, plum, vanilla, herbs and some meaty notes on the nose. Attractive and complex. Full-bodied, very powerful, with dense, multy-layered fruit, firm tanins and balancing acidity. Very concentrated and youthful. Very long finish. Will benefit from 3-5 years of further cellaring. If you cannot resist opening one soon, accompany it with a greasy, somewhat spicy dish. A masterpiece!
Aromatically deeply fruited. A whiff of this while it was being poured into the decanter was like sticking your face in a big basket of blackberries, raspberries and even plums that had just been picked. In the glass the nose was more muted but still nice. This was at first a little disjointed, in that you got a little too much oak in the midpalate and the finish, but after an hour or two of air, this was singing. At that point I can see what other tasters meant when they note it got a bit soft in the midpalate, but come on people, it's a right bank wine and it shouldn't be too firm there. I thought this was drinking exactly at it's price point. Liked the freshness of the fruit, enjoyed the finish.
A very nice classic nose that developed over about 1.5 hours to become nicely mature. Full bodied and strong, but very elegant and long taste. Silky tannins with a nice mouthfeel. We drank this together with the 1998 Troplong Mondot and I think this was the better one, although both were very nice. This wine has entered its drinking window, but surely has a very long life still ahead.
Deeply colored, this young wine offers a treat for the senses aromatically and on the palate. The long, intense, mineral and ripe fruit finish is a pleasure to experience. While it lacks the size of Pavie, it offers more compleixty and nuances.
Last time I was able to tasted it from it's last drop. Today the wine boost bright ruby red not as big as dense as the last bottle. Clearly a merlot dominated wine with the scent of coffee crushed, creamy caramel, black fruits. Silky and charming style which is completely different to Pavie. The tannins has softened quite a lot and the wine is pretty well balanced. medium-full bodied , aftertaste is somehow too average. I felt that it can perform better, but not tonight
Popped and poured with no decant. Dark ruby red color in the glass with lots of earth and leather and a bit of pipe smoke on the nose. The wine was very smooth with medium to full body. Fruit was subtle at first and really came around after an hour or so with concentrated dark fruit and berry flavors. The finish was initially dry and tannic but smoothed out nicely as well with more time. In hindsight, I probably should have decanted for an hour or two and that also would have been a good way to avoid the sediment, of which there was quite a lot. While this wine didn't blow me away initially, it was just starting to approach a great stage when we finished the bottle. I'll say 90-92.
Opened and had a taste, then let stand for about 5 hours. Bottle and cork is in perfect condition. Delicate nose of dried herbs, cherries and earthy tones. Sharp acidity, dried cherries and herbs, minerals, licorice on the palate. Long finish of sour cherries, tartness. Has some sharp tannins to shed. Seems very "old world" type of wine to me. Would like just a little more fruit and sweetness to balance out the acidity.
Pencil lead nose, with some graphite, saddle leather and chalk. Deep, dark, brooding purple color. A big, rich, tanic, smooth beast of a wine, with the signature St. Emilion finish, tobacco, and hint of horse. Everything a Bordeaux should be. While still a bit young, it paired perfectly with the slow cooked leg of lamb, marinated all day in lemon, garlic and rosemary.
Took 3 hours in the decanter to open up. Perfumed nose with blackberries, red currants, toast, grilled veal, dusty road, and sunny weather. Full-bodied on the palate and a little overripe for my taste at this point. Big fruit throughout the long, long finish. I have more of these so I'll hold for at least five years for the fruit to die down a bit. Needs balance and elegance, desperately.
Garnet. Initially decanted 1 hour, should have been 4 hours. Initially a nose of spice, black fruits that just kept opening over the 2 hours of drinking. Taste was initially off balance, acidic, tart. But again with time it just opened and opened. Very good at the end. I suspect it is still somewhat closed, and shouldn't be opened for another couple of years.
Decanted and immediately tasted. Very deep color with no signs of fading. Nose shows cassis, leather, and a very slight note of bell pepper (not enough to detract). Palate is not very giving initially. Develops some nice sandalwood and spice aromas. Palate is rich, with firm acidity, but this wine is more nose than palate at the moment.
Decanted and served immediately/over the next 2 hours. Regal colour - dark, impenetrable and then vibrant crimson when poured or swirled. Lovely, classical bordeaux nose of dark, plummy fruit. Nice, very slightly sharp fruits on the entry with a little cedar as well. A lovely, balanced medium bodied mid palate through to the finish. Perfectly balanced/focused - not too soft, not too sharp, just so! Still some tannin on the finish but this is so fine and sweet that it enhances rather than detracts. Drinking beautifully right now.
Drunk out of half. Going to be interesting to see how this wine develops. All three blind tasters pegged it as New World. One thought Argentina, one thought Australia and one thought California. Boy were they shccked. It's drinking well right now, but still rather chunky. Loads of chocolate and black fruit.
A trip to Bordeaux's Right Bank (Very long); 10/22/2006-10/30/2006 (Bordeaux, France): First bottle opened was allegedly corked. Neither Gusbo, nor I could find any hint of TCA in the first bottle that was opened for us. On to the second bottle served to us. This is a nose wine. Complex aromas of dark chocolate and spice, with a nice texture and very concentrated flavors. The only let down was an overly acidic finish. This excess acidity makes the wine un-balanced and ruins an otherwise great aromatic experience. I'd give it 93 points on aromatics and 85 on the palate and finish.
Tasted October 14, 2006 at win’s 40th birthday party. Served blind in a Riedel restaurant series Bordeaux wine glass. Bag labeled as “Horned Frog”. Dark purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Tight nose of dried herbs, pepper and maybe some dark fruits. All of this seems to carry through to the palate. Medium acidity, firm tannins and medium body. I have no idea about this wine. 98 Heitz or maybe one of the Bordeaux? COMMENTS: I couldn’t believe it when this wine was revealed. It started off good at the start of the blind tasting but didn’t taste anything like that during the revisit. Plus I’ve had this at least 2 times before! This wine is a conundrum for me.
Opened 1 hour prior to consuming, did not decant, but rather poured half into a split for tomorrow and left the wine open in the cellar at 55 degrees. Deep reddish purple color. Nose of crushed blueberries, blackberries and freshly sawn wet lumber. Palate is tart, crisp with woody tannins with not a lot of heft. Finish is tart but has a medium length persistence. Well made and should age well, but not as sexy as other right bank wines that I've tried.
Right Bank at Mi Piaci (Mi Piaci, Dallas, Texas): This wine really stood out tonight, which is not surprising since the fruit aromas and flavors are very expressive in this wine, which is made in a more concentrated, modern style. With that said, I really like this wine—it is one of the wines I consider purchasing every year. The 1998 was showing much better than a 1999 that we had at a prior tasting a few months ago. Should have been the last wine of the night. Pavie-Macquin (along with Troplong-Mondot) has been promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé in the 2006 St Emilion classification. 92-96
tasted with '98 Noon and '03 Foley Claret. #3 for the night. solid nose, but thin and no wow facture on the palete. Very limited finish. Hoping for more in the next few years as this has shut down currently.
Bright garnet color. Big, layered nose of blackberries, red currants and swirls of smoked meat and tobacco. Medium bodied in the mouth, with elegant fruit but dominant tannins. There is a ton hiding right now in this wine, but it will stay hidden under the tannin for several more years. 50+5+12+16+8=91
WIML92,WA95,WS93 Tasted March 24, 2005 at an offline so brief comments only. Opened and served immediately in Spiegelau Authentis Magnum glasses. Dark ruby in color, clear as a bell throughout. Nose of mint, tobacco, smoke, black berries and some chocolate thrown in for the ladies. Big, chewy and tannic palate on this youthful wine showing a little cherry, berries and mocha at the moment. Sorry we had to kill this baby before it had a chance to live. Do not open another one for at least 2-3 years. Recommended.
Red purplish colour. Not opaque at the core, but quite dense looking. Cherries and peppar on the nose. Opens up with a wonderful, somewhat understated tobacco-whiff. Not quite as intense as a classic cigar-box Medoc nose. Sweeter and less aristocratic than a Medoc. Also some dairy farm notes present. Largely scaled and ferrociously tannic. Built into a large framework, and nicely ripe. Doesn't seem over-hyped or exagerated. In fact, it seems just a touch hollow on the mid-palate. It is, however broadly structured, and enough things seem to suggest that this wine has a nice long life ahead of it. A tannic skeleton of great size and power. Good searing acidity. No flabby stuff. A quite wonderful match with breast of duck and potato gratin. Not as glycerin-packed as I had expected, but nicely sized for my taste, at least. I was somewhat worried that this wine would be off the meter in the hype-department, but this is actually very classy and packed with finesse. A great surprise. The finish is balanced and ends on cocoa-notes. It lasts about 25-30 seconds. 5-8 years from maturity.