The bottle was in very good condition; the filling-level was top shoulder, the cork was soaked, but no seepage. The wine had medium ruby core, the colour turned garnet at the edges. It offered a sweet and savoury nose of red a dark fruit, cedar, leather, tobacco, pencil shaving mushroom and earth. On the palate the wine showed sweet fruit, cherry, black currant, prune, raspberry effervescent powder, Asian spices, tobacco, mushroom and earth, with fresh, medium-plus acidity, fine, well-integrated, medium-plus tannin, a great, smooth mouthfeel and very good length of the slightly drying finish. The medium-bodied wine was smooth and very balanced, with good complexity. It benefited from aeration in a small decanter for 30 minutes to an hour, and held up well as time passed.
PnP and drank over 3h. Not the very best bottle with a very top shoulder fill and a completely soaked cork. Color however looks young with a fairly dark garnet. Only slight browning at the rim. Sous bois and dark fruit on the nose. On the palate there is still nice juicy fruit and earth but also plenty of oak that has turned into cedar. Fine tannins. This cedar is masking a lot of the action on the palate and also dominates the finish. While this is a very solid effort from an inexpensive Grand Cru Classe at age 28, and will no doubt still last for several years, it tastes more St. Julien than Margaux in my eyes, and just like say the (of course much better) Talbot 85 it's simply not a style I love.
PnP at CT offline, served side-by-side with the 2000. Smoking good, and in a really solid place at the moment. I preferred this over the 2000, but that's because it's in its zone; the 2000 won't be there for another decade, at least. Still fairly bright, really well composed, with captivating tertiary aromas and flavors, and undeniably Bordeaux. Brilliant, and recommended. Purchased on release (said the owner) and stored perfectly (the cork was remarkable, as was the color), this really made a case for proper storage for any newbies at the tasting that are just starting to collect.
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