Flickinger Tasting at The Casino (Chicago, IL): From double-magnum. The nose is promising enough, with some very lovely black fruits and a touch of graphite, although the Margaux perfume seems to be missing. The palate is just awful though. Syrupy and sickly sweet, followed with an offensive bitter streak of oak, this belongs in the vanguard of all that is wrong with Bordeaux today: Angelus, Pavie, Domaine de Chevalier, Pape Clement, and friends.
Flickinger Tasting at The Casino (Chicago, IL): From jeroboam. There's still plenty of the Boillot matchstick on the nose -- this is still super fresh. The fruit shows quite densely here, but somehow this avoids the trap of having too many sweet fruits -- it's quite mineral and mushroomy, actually. Powerful and rich, this packs a real wallop.
Flickinger Tasting at The Casino (Chicago, IL): Alongside the Suduiraut, this had a lot more racy elegance (though that's not saying too much). This had a much more green tone, with pears, fresh citrus, and Thai herbs discernible on the palate. Still quite sweet, this is also not particularly high in acid -- this is no wispy Sauternes, to be sure.