Harsh bitter tannins swamped what little fruit was apparent in this wine. The nose was incredibly closed to start off with, eventually some blackcurrant fruit emerged but the nose remained one dimensional. Some blackcurrant fruit in the mouth, but a short finish and a bitter aftertaste from the tannins. Sadly, the tannins outlasted the fruit in this wine.
Strange wine. Not corked, but not fresh either. The bottles I drank much younger seemed to be ok, but this bottle reminds me of several of the 1993 bottles I had from this chateau; not really a pleasure. Tried it later the same evening as well as the next day, but there was no improvement. No score.
First bottle of three bought. Oh, boy, something is terriblly wrong with this bottle. It's not corked per se, but the first whiff gave me goosebumps from the stink and rotten vegitable smell shooting from the bottle. The cork was quickly put back in hope of some slow-oxigination revivial. Sadly, this bottle is a goner as the stink is still there after checking at 4/6/8hrs. internval. Well....down the drain it goes. I hope the other two fairs better....
Developed ruby colour. A medium bodied classic 'claret'. Tannins completely integrated. Fully mature - drink now. Very good for the vintage. Worked beautifully with dry aged scotch fillet with garlic butter.
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