Definite signs of development on the nose - leathery, savoury notes - but still plenty of sweet fruit in there. Really lovely in the mouth. Hardly any tannin on the finish. Very good length. Complex, with loads of fruit mixing with the more savoury developed characters.
A lovely example of Bordeaux from a weaker vintage - lots of leafy cabernet fruit and red fruits. Complex, light on the palate but then the taste lingers much longer than expected. Some deeper meaty notes coming through. Impressive - not for those who like fruit bombs. This is old school Bordeaux.
Ruby medium core - a little cherry orange hue at the rim; leafy, earthy cassis note with mineral undertone, obviously a cool year. Pleasant though; medium weight, leafy cassis flavours. Elegant but quite short on the fruit. A nice drink but the fruit is fading - drink up.
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(Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste (Pauillac)) This wine really needs four hours in the decanter before it even deigned to show a mere hint of aroma. It has a clean, red-black hue without so much a suggestion of maturity save for the fading of the glorious gloss of youth, and on the nose, as my opening statement indicates, it is very tightly closed down. Given time though there is certainly something here, an evolving and very classic Pauillac style, at first releasing hints of red claretty fruit mixed with graphite and flower petals, especially violets, before unfolding into a layer of tea leaves and pencil shavings. It shows a darker style of fruit too, tinged with black olive, although still perfumed with bright, crunchy, sugar-coated violet petals. On the palate it shows a leaner flesh on entry, in keeping with the vintage, but through the midpalate it does on some occasions present a slightly more plump presence. Fresh, supple and crunchy in style rather than sweet or fleshy, still with a backbone of nicely judged tannins and fresh acidity. It all finishes very cleanly, leaving a coating of tannin which fades a little more slowly than the crystalline fruit. A good wine which most certainly has room for beneficial development in the cellar. This is on the cusp of approachability though - I would advise leaving for just a few years yet.
(Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (Pauillac)) A very fine colour in the decanter, dark and yet fresh, still with plenty of youthful red pigment around the edges. The aromatics have an open, stylish, perfumed character, with scents of violets, smoky charcoal, black bean, black olive and crunchy blackcurrant fruit. There is also a little suggestion of black tea. The palate has all the cool presence of the vintage, with a light substance at the very start and then through the middle a rather sappy character with a sour edge to the fruit. There is some substance to it, but also a rather chalky, perfumed character. Just a touch of flesh in the finish. Overall a wine that is true to the vintage but which I find endearing nevertheless, with all its grip and savoury awkwardness.
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