Purple color and a bit cloudy. Pleasant nose, although a bit restrained. At first it tasted a bit tired and harsh. After about an hour it evolved into a nicely balanced, mature CNP. The wine is still in a good zone, but might be starting to slide from its peak.
Not decanted. The wine has a pale red/garnet hue in the glass with a slight, noticeable haze. The bouquet is moderately intense, dominated by red cherry and leather. The palate is very traditional in style, showing cassis, red cherry, leather and cigar box. There is a gamey, animal character to the wine. It is definitely showing advanced age and just beginning to come down from peak. Acidity is medium and overall the wine is balanced although a bit hot. Definitely best to drink in the next few years before the alcohol overpowers the rest of the components. I really like the moderately long, classic finish.
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.
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