16th of 24, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level - back on form after 2014 note, though going through a slightly austere phase, like Lafite 95 on next night, nevertheless classy, refined and long, no rush! Fine plus (18/20).
Had to use the Durant (what a marvelous invention), beacause someone was a little aggressive and broke the cork. Ahem. Ran through a vinturi for sediment. Clear garnet in color, some bricking, clear meniscus. Mmmmm smells marvelous - smoky leaves, incense, currants, a little 'I dunno, smells old-ish and French-ish'. Graphite, currant/blackberry on the palate, umami, woodsy, plenty of acid lift. Tannins are still grippy and apparent. Served with baked orecchiette and pork sugo - fantastic pairing. My guess is that the wine could continue to age a bit longer, but I think I like it now.
Cork is completely saturated. Color is still so young and dark. Red currant and black fruit, some band aid, structure is still there but in the background. Lovely balance. Nice richness to the red and black fruit, but not overly so, very balanced, very silky mouthfeel as the wine airs, hint of graphite but more red and black fruit. Nothing to suggest this is drying out. Should last for quite a while. Laurent nailed this blind! Frankie and Johnny's Steakhouse, NYC.
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(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) This wine has a dense red hue, with a rim showing some maturity. Somewhat diffuse, muddy fruit on the nose, difficult to pin down. Full and rounded on the palate, medium bodied, with roasted fruits. There is a structure that needs to integrate, the tannins are still quite evident, matched by correct acidity. Overall it seems dull, withdrawn. Not showing very well at present, this wine needs another three to five years at least.
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