I know a lot of people think this is ready to drink but this bottle clearly wasn't ready. Even after a few hour decant the wine was holding back a lot and very tight. Much better day 2 and clearly has the stuff to be outstanding but not going to touch another bottle until 2017.
Wow! This is very good, much better than the 02 margaux I tried last week. Popped and poured..this is ready for business. The nose had truffle, black fruit, cigar box, vanilla, cedar wood and licorice. Palate had good depth with beautiful black fruit emerging with hint of truffle and caramel. This is drinking nicely now.
2 hours of air brought out the chocolate covered, black cherries, truffle, licorice, cigar box and floral notes. Soft, smooth and round, but lacking the volume and opulence found in the top vintages, this is really drinking well. While 2 hours of air brought the wine around, after 4 hours of air, the wine lost its edge. This is for drinking now and over the next decade or so.
Tuesday Night Double Blind $60+ (Bin 75): Dark garnet core with crimson rim; cigar, leather, menthol, Bordeaux funk, round, plum, ripe cherry and currant, some green; nice richness, spicy, red fruit, some leather, firm tannin, tar, cigar, high toned finish, alcohol stands out a bit; still youthful; one of the better '02 Right Banks, others really liked though I felt it lacked some definition due to the modern winemaking.
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(CHAT PAVIE) #2 (by Nick P); COLOR-dark; NOSE-smells like crap surrounded by cinnamon & plum; nice smokiness; I like it; warm 5 day old V-8 juice; TASTE-a ton of complexity; tremendous mouthfeel; very silky; nice dark pepper component, green peppers & potato peel; vegetal & coffee components; V8 juice mixed w/ coffee; bring serious THUNDER for my palate; very intriguing for sophisticated palates; it's not delicious, but I love it; great food wine (meat/mushroom dish); serious complexity; extremely long finish; RP-94; GV-93+
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