Clear light red colour with intense leathery aromas on the nose and softer flavours of earth, graphite and red fruits beneath. Light bodied and elegant on the palate with gentle red fruited flavours mingled with more leather, graphite, tobacco and earth over fine grained tannins and good acidity. Still drinking really nicely; very complex, interesting to explore with air and lovely to sit down and drink over an evening.
The positive score reflects an excellent effort here. The wine has a lovely nose, deep to the core with mature cabernet fruit and cedary notes. On the palate, the acidity comes through and it's lean, but with enough to it to be nicely drinkable. But this is RIGHT on the tip of the cliff and may have a relatively rapid decline. Also, I feel positive about this because it came from the same lot as an unpleasant Lascombes 81 whose cork fell into the bottle.
Pale ruby in color. It looks weak from color but impressive nose of overwhelming saddle leather and cedar with some sticks and funky, perhaps veggie, goodness. The nose is a 93+ and perhaps not for everyone but the taste is where it falls a bit short. Mouth feel is a tad thin and the fruit is tired. It is almost as if the fruit has soured. Still over all quite nice. It is different, not for everyone but complex and interesting.
Bottle survived nicely. Wonderful, rich bordeaux, perhaps a little past its prime. 91 pts. Circa 1997 Ruby crimson color. Nice medium aroma of cedar, red fruit, sour cherry. Still holding decent fruit if a little thin. Secondary flavors of tea and eucalyptus. Pleasant enough - never going to get any better though. 89-90pts. 1/05