This is good but painfully young with no real development in the bottle. Very masculine, as one would expect, but the wine is reticent and not yet ready to show what it has. Nose is devoid of fruit but there is gunpowder and cigar box. Lovely soft mouth feel with fine-grained and softening tannins. Black plums, currants and a bit of cassis. The finish is earth, leather and tobacco carried by drying tannins.
Medium full body. Dark purple color. Great balance between fruit, acidity, and tannins. Cassis, tobacco, with a touch of vanilla flavors. This is drinking nicely now, but has many years ahead to develop secondary flavors. Classic Bordeaux. Decant, a bit of sediment.
This put on more weight and concentration over 3 days, suggesting that further aging is required (or a very long decant). On day 1, it had been decanted for an hour and the palate was quite thin. Lovely nose, stereotypical Pauillac but the palate lacked depth. I was probably about 88-89. On the second and third night, it had improved markedly. Think Luxardo maraschino cherry drizzled over gravel. 5 more years for me.
Dinner at home with the Correas, Stocks & Ann (At home): Opened this at the end of a long evening, when I was surprised to find 1 or 2 of my dinner guests clamoring for more wine. Compared to the august lineup that preceded it, this 2006 GPL held up very well, though of course it came across as quite juvenile... with a very dark mineral character. A very decent future ahead
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