P&P to decanter, serve. Color intense cherry red with some dark hues, clear, surprisingly little sediment and no sign of bricking although difficult to tell for sure in moderate restaurant lighting. Beautiful albeit restrained CDP bouquet of kirsh, red and black plums, flowery violet notes, a bit of saddle leather, and licorice. On the palate we have lovely dark sweet cherries, black plums, licorice, herbs and earthy nuances stretching into a long graceful finish of cherries, inner perfume of violets and lavender, black tea and earth. Excellent complexity in both nose and taste shows this as perfectly aged, and a real treat. Acid is still medium and keeps the fruit lively, while the tannins are fully integrated and soft. Outstanding pairing with traditional French preparations of seared duck breast over lentils and roasted lamb loin. I would have scored this a 93 had it not been for the touch of heat in finish. A wine like this reminds you why you buy and lay down CDP from excellent vintages and pedigree. At peak now, drink in the next three years.
Everyone commented on it, served with lamb. Really very good, very mature. Takes a lot of effort to enjoy Chtnf de Pape - price, age, etc, but this was worthwhile. Delighted everyone else really noticed it.
Transformed over three nights. Day one started out light cherry, silky with some creaminess, mineral and slight spice - almost pinot-like. Over the next two days it got progressively darker, with fruits moving to black cherry and slightly stewed. Texture got fuller and brightness faded. Tobacco and spices more pronounced but this was not as pleasant. Overall a very interesting bottle that I think has years left.
15th Annual Lyon 10 Year Retrospective (Chez Lyon in Eugene, OR): Similar to the one tasted 2 days prior. But this bottle was from Hugh and leaned more towards black fruit w/ some add'l iron mineral notes. Some typical CdP spice gave it away as a "non-ringer". Has a few years left. Iodine more obvious on day 2: 92 pts.
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