Outstanding wine clearly showcasing why in some many instances I prefer 89 to 90 as a vintage. Decanted and aerated for 90 minutes than drank over an hour or so. Deep ruby red, some bricking at the rim, sweet nose of cassis, spicy black currants, old leather, cigar box and graphite fully reflected on the palate. Secondary aromas emerging with the wine approaching full maturity, glycerin like entry on the palate, precision and complexity characterize this beautiful full bodied wine, with perfect balance, structure and acidity. Finishes long with resolved tannins. Delicious.
Very young bottle, that should not have been opened for at least ten years. Good substance here and a lot of upside. Red and black fruit, light spice, emerging soil and rocky notes, faint white pepper and light coal dust. This should evolve into something great. 93+
Perfect level. Opague deep garnet with pale rim. Decanted for 45 mins. Strong nose of white floral, dried violet, mandarin peel, ink, cedar, clean earth, some autumn leave, elegant oak, hints of vanilla and savoury. Complex and changing aroma. Medium body, light weight but powerful mid palate. On palate it delievers more ripe and bright black and red fruits, leather, licorice, black tea. Layered, round and ripe, soft noticeable tannins. Very long. Not much Tertiary now and still a bit tannic, been well developing for almost 3 decades, will effortlessly further develop for 10 years and last for maybe another 2 decades given a good condition bottle.
I always love drinking this wine, and have had four bottles over the past year. They have all been slightly different, but equally outstanding. This bottle was no exception. Very young in color. A lovely nose of cassis, leather, mint, tobacco, cedar, and anise. The fruit is very ripe. Very smooth on the palate, with silky smooth tannins. Acidity is in perfect balance. The finish is so long and elegant. Every time I drink this wine, I buy more, which should tell you just how great this wine is.
66x Parker 100-Pointers from Bordeaux 1947-2010 tasted blind (Switzerland): Our host decided to include this wine as a “99+ point pirate” to even out the flights of the 80/90ies vintages. Tasted blind. Medium garnet. Expressive nose of blue fruit, licorice, pine. Very aristocratic and deep. Good density in the mid mouth, soft and ripe tannins with excellent length. It was early in the evening so I only gave a stingy 97 to keep some of my powder dry. I recall drinking this wine 5 years ago from a DMG and it was a smash hit as well. Kudos to Robert Parker to having seen it first and having had the courage to give this mid-tier Grand Cru 99+ points back then. Consistent with my tasting note of a DMG a few years back. Group score: 18.00
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