18c; no decant; clean, ruby; feint floral nose, later expanding with leather and barn, mint and pinks; nice grip, bright tannins; currants, raspberries, cherries, red licorice, mint, sage; 18 (Pauillac is from Mars, Margaux is from Venus).
Initially a little too cold from our cellar, it opened up nicely with warming. Pencil lead, dark fruit and tarry notes predominated. Nicely structured with a firmly acidic backbone and light tannins, it held up to a roasted beef tenderloin nicely.
This was much better than I expected. Excellent QPR. Even at cellar temperature, the wine left a "warm" impression on the palate, thanks to the ripe fruit and smooth tannins. Wish I had more at the price I paid. Drinking well now, no need to wait.
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(Prieure-Lichine) A great showing for this wine and I have not really loved this stuff in the past. Violets, minerals, chocolate, exotic spices . . . maybe clove? Deep nose . . not high-toned but subtly penetrating. Peppery palate with a swath of dense dark berried fruit. Long and grippy but the fruit is there till the end. Fantastic.
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