Quite disappointing after last year's fabulous bottle and the score is a bit in hope rather than a reflexion of actual drinking pleasure. This time the tannins were vice-like and imposing, so it was difficult to enjoy much. There is plenty of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit behind, but the cloak of tannins completely asphyxiate them. Hopefully a momentary dip.
1st of 24, decanted an hour, perfect level and cork - Deepish garnet, youthful; cassis, cedar, some tobacco and earth, less pure and broader than 01 say; medium bodied, decent length, persistence and grip, slightly dusty tannins, and a bit broad, quality fruit as ever for GPL and no trace of vegetal aromas, scope to improve and much better than RP score would suggest! Just F (17.5).
Super vin. Nez très ouvert, sur des notes secondaires typiques de Médoc. La robe est encore jeune, avec de l'éclat. La bouche est très belle, un équilibre parfait, avec une finale presque gourmande qui donne une belle impression de cohérence globale. La longueur n'est pas phénoménale, c'est sûr, mais le vin est un délice. Le bordeaux, quand c'est bon...
Excellent wine! Complex and intense bouquet. Medium body, rounder than I would expect for the vintage. Complex on the palate with the nice caracteristics of aged claret. Long finish. Drinking really well right now.
On the downside there is an asparagus character (of the vintage). On the plus side this is starting to develop secondary smoky cigar-box characters of aged claret. Serious wine. Mid weight, very savoury.
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(Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste (Pauillac)) This wine really needs four hours in the decanter before it even deigned to show a mere hint of aroma. It has a clean, red-black hue without so much a suggestion of maturity save for the fading of the glorious gloss of youth, and on the nose, as my opening statement indicates, it is very tightly closed down. Given time though there is certainly something here, an evolving and very classic Pauillac style, at first releasing hints of red claretty fruit mixed with graphite and flower petals, especially violets, before unfolding into a layer of tea leaves and pencil shavings. It shows a darker style of fruit too, tinged with black olive, although still perfumed with bright, crunchy, sugar-coated violet petals. On the palate it shows a leaner flesh on entry, in keeping with the vintage, but through the midpalate it does on some occasions present a slightly more plump presence. Fresh, supple and crunchy in style rather than sweet or fleshy, still with a backbone of nicely judged tannins and fresh acidity. It all finishes very cleanly, leaving a coating of tannin which fades a little more slowly than the crystalline fruit. A good wine which most certainly has room for beneficial development in the cellar. This is on the cusp of approachability though - I would advise leaving for just a few years yet.
(Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (Pauillac)) A very fine colour in the decanter, dark and yet fresh, still with plenty of youthful red pigment around the edges. The aromatics have an open, stylish, perfumed character, with scents of violets, smoky charcoal, black bean, black olive and crunchy blackcurrant fruit. There is also a little suggestion of black tea. The palate has all the cool presence of the vintage, with a light substance at the very start and then through the middle a rather sappy character with a sour edge to the fruit. There is some substance to it, but also a rather chalky, perfumed character. Just a touch of flesh in the finish. Overall a wine that is true to the vintage but which I find endearing nevertheless, with all its grip and savoury awkwardness.
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