Cordier bottling, in perfect condition. Long, pristine cork, the filling-level was into the neck. Medium to dark garnet colour. Immediately after opening the bottle the wine was medium-bodied and lean red fruit/red cherry-driven, but it gained fruit and became close to full-bodied (and fuller-bodied than expected) after some aeration. After a few minutes in a small decanter the wine offered a layered nose of cherry, black currant, graphite, cedar, tobacco, mushroom, spices, cinnamon and clove. By then, it showed cherry, black currant, graphite, cedar, tobacco, spices, cinnamon and mild balsamic notes on the palate, with harmonious, medium-plus acidity, smooth, well-integrated, medium-plus tannin, a silky mouthfeel and superb length. I really liked this St. Julien for its smoothness and balance. It drank very well, in particular after some aeration, and did not show any signs of drying out anytime soon. Great Bordeaux.
Sommersmaking i Sandefjord del I / Norwegian summer night - BYO (Sandefjord): Rødbrun med brunlig kant. Funky preg med fjøs, utedo, gjødsel - tar litt tid før det avdempes - etterhvert renere bordeauxtoner med lær og blyantspiss. Godt utviklet på smak, god frukt med fortsatt motstand, avslepne tanniner. Mulig brett på denne - men når de urene dufttonene fordufter blir det hele mer harmonisk. Vanskelig å gi poeng, og det svinger mellom midt på 80-tallet og tidlig 90-tall. Jeg liker det litt funky preget og slår til med 92.
From a beautiful magnum, base of neck level and not decanted. We have tasted this wine 6-7 times in the last 4 years and we consistently rate it 95-96. From magnum it was even more special and along with 82&86 magical wines. Beautiful once again 95-96
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(Chateau Talbot St Julien) A deeply coloured wine, with some orange-red to the rim. Thick oily legs. The nose is delightful; meaty, oaky, violets. Slightly spicy/curry notes. The palate has good body. Tannins evident, finish is alcoholic. Cigar-smoke flavour. Good length.
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