2nd of 6, perfect fill, decanted 2 hours, in 2012 almost undrinkable - now deepish, quite dense, mat red, little development; complex attractive bouquet, blackcurrant and plum, earth, tobacco, smoke, violet, trace of chocolate and spice; fullish, persistent, nuanced, grip, slightly dusty fruit, extracted but feels well judged, just about ready. Very fine (18.5/20).
Bouchon et (demie) bouteille en parfaite condition. Bottom neck. Non carafée mais ouverte 45 minutes avant consommation. Robe plus évoluée qu'en bouteille, prune foncée. Nez sur le cassis, la fumée, l'âtre froid. En bouche, le vin est davantage marqué par une certaine acidité, il offre moins de nuances. La finale est aussi moins longue. Ça reste excellent mais cette demie bouteille offrait moins de pureté. Dans ces conditions, à boire.
Ok, this wine seems to have really improved. From a 350ml this needed 1hr in the glass, then had such a rich plush mouthfeel, with a smokey, mineral taste - albeit with a slightly modern hint of roasted fruit. Lasted another hour till I'd finished the bottle. Was a really enjoyable large glass - and I'm now looking forward to drinking more. Actually glad to have another 15 halves to go. I called this wrong when I said it was falling apart, it's definately still improving. Prime? Maybe in another 2yrs, but this drinks wonderfully already - just need that 1hr decant first.
This wine is one of those textbook specimens that justify all the expensive investment, not to mention pomp and circumstance, in the exercise of decanting. Popped and poured at 5pm, it was as light as a burg in an off year, leading me to wonder where the inky smoky monster I encountered 5 years ago had gone. Perhaps an example of drinker having aged better than the wine? Only 2 hours later did the notes of blackberry, melted tar, dusty wood chips and spring flowers start showing up in the glass. It wasn't until 4 hours later that inky smoky monster of years past finally showed up. Only that it was no longer so monstrous, but a velvety smooth, silky, elegant Bordeaux whose fine layers of fruit melted away into a nice long smoky finish. Still by no means light bodied, and with tannins lending some grip to the finish, this wine strikes me as mature and totally ready to be enjoyed. (Just be sure to allow ample time for decanting!) But if you have cases you want to pass to your teenage kids, it will also be drinking beautifully ten years from now...
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(Pape-Clement) This wine was so overextracted and bitter that quite simply put, Michel Rolland raped the extract out of these grapes to the point of no return. These grapes were forced to give it up, and all of it up, as every single bit of extract was sucked out these grapes and it is dead or to keep the metaphor going, severely emotionally damaged. A shame as this wine showed very well five years ago. It was not an enjoyable beverage at all and I see the wine going nowhere. It was dark black and bitter with mild aromatic notes like tobacco that one would commonly associate with Pessac. A shame. Why does Michel Rolland have to mess with this estate? The were making perfectly fine wine in vintages like 1961. A shame as the material was probably good as 1998 was excellent in Graves/Pessac-Leognan.
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