Dark colour. This started out a little funky but that quickly blew off to reveal an expressive nose of dark fruits, black olives, earth, mocha, and a little green tobacco. Still some firmer tannins but they've softened slightly since last tasted in 2010. Drinking well now, in a youthful way. Still plenty development in store.
Part of a vertical of 7 bottles of P-C that we shared at an offline: 95, 96, 00, 01, 02, 05 and 08. For my money, the 2001 was the best, although the 2000 and 2002 were no slouches. The 95 and 96 were over the hill, and the 05 and 08 were still too young. But those early 2000s were just right.
Requires decanting to evolve the full beauty. Two very consistent bottles on the night. Still very much a primary wine with only the lightest touches of earthy notes, light leather and spice. The fruit is very much dominant but not out of sync and the wine has a beautiful purity and balance across. Good mid palate presence and nice length. Very good as always. 94
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(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Very appealing nose here, very polished fruit style, very expressive, suggesting a good presence and texture. Good depth of fruit, good complexity, not exotic aromas but a deep and spicy wealth of forest fruit character with a delightful grainy element. Very appealing palate, youthful and primary but very well composed, harmonious and almost honeyed. Polished, textured, very complete style, beautifully silky tannins, nicely intertwined with the rest of the wine. Fresh acidity. Perfumed, red fruits, violets, lots of potential here.