Westchester Wine School - Premium Bordeaux Tasting (Bar Lees, Mamaroneck, NY): Drank at WWS season-ending tasting, and I supplied this bottle. Decanted for 2 hrs prior to drinking, & there was a bit of sediment. Dark purplish in glass, no overt signs of age in the glass. Fairly generous nose showing a bit of barnyard funk at first, but that blew off leaving some fruit, coffee and notes of cedar. Medium bodied, still very good fruit level with fairly vibrant acidity. Good amounts of cigar box, tobacco, barnyard and earth. Drank opposite a wonderful 1998 Monbousquet which overshadowed this wine somewhat, but this is definitely a very nice wine, if not particularly complext or thought-provoking, that is still drinking quite well.
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(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) This is much more deeply coloured compared to the 1998, with youthful dark fruit and roasted nuts to be found on the nose. On entry, a slightly creamy style is apparent, with a ripe, nutty, rounded flavour and mouthfeel. This is concentrated, and firmly tannic, and yet maintains a supple presence. This is very good indeed, but demands 5-6 years cellaring as a minimum.