A nice evening with good friends (@ PZ): The bouquet is still very youthful and shows cherries, red and dark forest fruits, some yoghurt and rustic impressions. On the palate much more full bodied than the Conseillante 2008 we had before this wine. Beautifully ripe dark forest fruits, cinnamon and other sweet spices, soft chocolate. Overall a full bodied, concentrated and beautiful wine. A treat already, but better wait until 2022+. 93 – 94+ for tonight.
Opaque inky purple color. Rich, oozing dark fruit, blackberry and plum with a hint of cassis. It has a perfect balance of fruit against a hint of earthiness and smoke. The tannins still has grip. Full bodied with a nice finish. Not sure I want this to age much more. Drinking so well right now.
Bordeaux 2009 vs. 2010 - Check in on 50 well known Chateaux; 4/2/2013-10/26/2016: Checking in on some younger Bordeaux with a fellow collector friend. Dark purple. Nose of coffee, chocolate, plum. Soft entry on the palate, ripe and very Merlot but with enough structure. Different, more succulent style than the Vieux Certan next to it. This is softer and more approachable than the 2010 but it was clear to us that one will be the greater and deeper wine in a few years’ time. Can already be drunk with pleasure now.
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(Chateau Gazin Pomerol) Merlot 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 7%, Cabernet Franc 3%. Alcohol here 14.3%. The nose here has the suggestion of substance, with some evocative dark fruit. Quite fresh, pure fruit, quite creamy, with a good backbone of measured tannin beneath. The acidity is nice, the overall composition is well balanced, and the substance hides that alcohol well. A very ripe character. Massive in style, but everything sits quite well together, and overall I think this is really good.
(Château Gazin (Pomerol)) Dark, slightly gamey, very ripe fruit character here, with dark plum fruit tinged with some with slightly inky tones and certainly a vein of liquorice running through it. A broad and supple palate, rich and concentrated, very bold in style. And there is plenty of grip too, a wine where this shows through the fruit rather than being completely hidden beneath a more velvety structure. And the structure in the finish seems fairly full-on; there is even a slightly drying edge to the end because of this. Nevertheless this is very good, and tightening up I think.
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