Decanted for an hour and drank over two evenings. Starting to brown at the edges, but still holding up nicely. Still very much alive and tannic. Graphite, wood, tobacco, leather and spice. Tart cherry aftertasted. Less fruit than a recent vintage, but this thing is still kicking. Not a long tail, but satisfying nonetheless.
Fairly straight forward. Lacks some complexity. A bit muted and the nose seemed quite commercial. Until some lamb chops were added to the mix. It all changed then. All the fruit popped out. Some dark, some red. Slight tannic grip rounded by the fat from the lamb and the finish was brief by lively.
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(Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac) Considerable maturity of colour here. There is an elegant purity of fruit on the nose at first, which is a touch smoky. The palate has a slightly creamy texture, but is unbalanced. A low level of tannins is appropriate for the vintage, but there is prominent, incongruous acidity. No length. This wine may come around with time in the cellar - or it may fall apart.
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