Time to Taste 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): Opens with aromas of perfumed florals- lavender and violets, along with tobacco, cassis and plum. Medium tannins. Flavors of black fruit and cassis, violets and earth with a long minute+ finish. Very perfumed and elegant, with herbal undertones. Adds red fruit qualities as it opens further in the glass. Hints of iodine emerge after another 30 minutes in the glass. 96+ pts.
As soon as I picked up the iodine I knew it was one of the Graves, and as open as it was, I assumed it was the Pape Clément.
From half bottle. PnP. Out of a half bottle, I was expecting more development, but this was still primary. It had a coffee, tannic finish which took down the score for me. Still the complexity was there.
This, to me, is quintessential Graves, which is my favorite appellation within Bordeaux. Decanted for two hours. Great length with good ripe fruit in the mid palate. It has the mineral,earthy complex finish that only great Bordeaux can claim. Great balance with supple tannins. Drinks younger than a 15 year old wine . This is in an excellent early drinking window and should last 10 years or more.
Still young and somewhat closed this 14 year old Pessac. Dense red claret color in the glass. On the nose blueberries, mint and some oak. Nicely acidic in the mouth with some noticeable tannins. Not at all secondary on this tasting. Will try again in five years.
Cabernet Sauvignon at C's: Second time I have had this wine, and this time blind. Nice, smooth and creamy on the palate. Some coffee with well integrated tannins. Very nice but was thinking California and seemed a bit one dimensional. Might need a few more years to develop more complexity.
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(Pape Clement) Awesome nose. Oaky buy has enough fruit and nuance to counteract the oak. Exotic mushrooms, mint, smoke, black fruits, wet earth, green peppercorn. Really multidimensional. Flavors of red fruits & cocoa on the palate. Ripe and juicy with a stony finish. Gobs and gobs of fruit with no shortage of tannin.