Decanted 1hr before first sip. Opaque to dark purple to the rim. Generous aromas of creme de casis, red berries and notes of almond on the nose. Medium-full body with nicely rounded acidity to balance the slightly sweet and milky bouquet. After a couple of hrs. the aromas bloomed further, whereby the Meo Camuzet Corton 1998 was seriously overshadowed when tasted next to it. Not overly oaky, but became more and more "creamy" in smell toward the end. But the palette was not New World-ly at all. On par, if not better than the Hosanna 2005 tasted a couple of weeks earlier. Good QPR at current market price, an absolute steal at the original release price. I am certan it would gain another point or two with some bottle age and additional complexity which come with cellaring. Seek this out if you are a Pomerol lover!!
Decided to pop one after reading all about the potential WS WOTY threads. Pop and pour with a friend, the bouquet took about 30mins. to fully open up and bloom, and when it did, the nose was incredible! Absolutely piercing aromas of white spring flowers, cream of vanilla and a touch of cocoa. The intensity of the bouquet was the suprise, it just elevated from the glass and pierced through the nostril and into the brain!!! The palete was a very slightly let down after smelling it for a good 15mins. The body was not full, being a more of less typical Margaux profile, mid-palete slightly hollow, but good acidity and lingering finish was good enough to make up for the slight let down. I have to say 98+ for the bouquet and 94-95 for the palete, for a score of 96+ at this infant stage.
This is delicous now! Dark in color, almost opaque with deep garnet hues at the rim. Nice and smoky aromas of toasted wood, dark fruit and sweet tobacco. This smells like a man's wine. On the palette, medium body, fine tannin with nice coating and decent after taste in the mouth. This is better than I expected, good to drink now, but should also develope for another 5-10yrs. 92pts.