This wine always seems a bit thin and metallic for a while before it gains momentum. Then it develops more roundness as it airs, with notes of leather and dark plum and spices which make it very pleasurable.
2 bottles decanted for 2 hours together for Mother's Day dinner (main and cheese course). By cheese course the best part of four hours had elapsed and this wine's fruit really blossomed out of the tarry dense - but fine - construct of earlier notes. Easily earned the extra point(s) and will certainly decant remaining bottles for a full 3+ hours. For drinking over the next couple of years.
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(Chateau Lafon-Rochet St Estèphe) From half-bottles. The most mature colour of the four wines tasted gives some clue as to the age. The nose is classic although quite dense. It starts off with a touch of sweet fruits and some notes of oak, but opens out to reveal vegetal notes of arriving maturity. On the palate it is rounded, a touch grippy, with a little unresolved tannin, although overall it has a loose, open-knit feel to it. Low to moderate acidity. At present seems poorly integrated and awkward, muddy is a description that comes to mind, like some other 1995s I have tasted recently.
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