Graves and Sauternes Dinner (RSJ, Southwark, London): Opaque ruby. Nose shows creamy blackcurrant, blueberry, vanilla - certainly "modern" but not OTT. Medium/full bodied, clean, plush, layers of pastilley black fruit, vanilla, cream, soft on mid-palate with moderate acidity, finish is marred by furry tannin which is concerning for ageability. ***?
Graves @ RSJ (RSJ, London): Deep ruby to purple at the core. Plush nose. Plum and tobacco. Certainly padded, but no monstrosity. The tannins are quite dry and increasingly prominent with air though. After an hour in glass, sawdust on the nose. Drink on its youthful fruit before it dries out, I think. ***?
Excellent Pessac. The wine has plenty of structure and complexity. It kept changing and changing as time went on. It gained weight as the night progressed. Food friendly and aristocratic. Still has plenty of life on it.
Unfortunately my only bottle but wow is this beauiful! Explosive nose of dark cherries, cassis, toast, sweet spices, scorched earth, some horse saddle and graphite. On the palate there are similar notes. It's medium-full bodied without any heaviness, has still medium-high acidity and medium tannin that is polished. Good and long finish. A beautiful, layered, fresh and elegant wine that's drinking perfectly right now. It's relatively modern in style but super aromatic and polished.
Decanted 7 hrs. Fairly big and intense, especially for an '01... This radiates with youthful energy. There is good length and power, no holes or weak spots, and sturdy structure which is supported nicely by fresh acids. Paired well with grilled lamb chops. While not the most complex today, all signs point to a wine with plenty of time left to develop.
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