Dinner with Friends (Chris and Renee's): Opened 10 hours before dinner. Decanted for sediment about an hour before we consumed it. Needs a bit more time but all that air got it close. Purple in color. The nose has a nice Bordeaux funk on it. Also cassis and some cigar. On the palate, great texture. It has a tight complexity as it unwound in the glass. Ripe but not real rip fruit (as compared to the post 2005 PC vintages IMO). Its getting there, but I would still wait on this for a few more years at least. Potential to improve a point or two.
Several hours of decanting. A wonderful Pauillac. Tobacco, hard leather, graphite, cassis, blackberries and black cherries with some red fruits in the background. Searing tannins with great food acidity, yet still smooth. Still a baby that could benefit from another 5 years on its side.
Decanted 1½ hour. This is a beauty. Very young and dense. Typical Pauillac with pencil and black currant in the nose and some classic secondary notes on the palate. Although in battle with Montrose 2000, this was WOTN. A huge wine. A long life ahead of it.
[Magnum] Muted nose of Pauillac forest floor and damp earth but missing the intricate lead pencil. Nose improved somewhat over two hours in the decanter but was still quite weak and was difficult to get much out of. Palate seemed thin and straightforward: red cedar, raspberry jam, some black currant. Dry and dusty tannin. Coffee grounds and leather aromas sneak in towards the end. Uninspiring finish. Very strange read tonight: maybe a dormant stage (especially en mag), maybe a lousy bottle (although fill, cork, and capsule were all good), or perhaps just an unlucky summer. Hard to believe this was 2000, drank more like a 1994 or some other lousy vintage fighting to stay alive with an odd balance of drying fruit and faint earth. Let down.
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(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Fabulous nose here, big and smoky, roasted confit fruit, dark and gritty-grainy in character. Wonderful style. Roast coffee grounds, dark in style. Fine fleshy sweetness on entry, but not over-the-top, not a sweet, confit note in sight. There is a firm and polished texture to it, a savoury character, with lots of tannic substance although it does not show through past the texture and fruit on the palate, only on the finish when there is a flourish of grippy tannin coating the mouth. There is a firm, grainy character which sits very well with the rest of the wine. Brimming with potential here, but needs another five years at the bare minimum, and I am sure it will be much better at ten.
(Pontet Canet) Beautiful precision and elegance. Reminded me of a baby '00 LLC. Laser-like focus and sweet cassis licoricey fruit. Lots of mineral and cigar box on the nose with very sweet fruit and ripe tannins. Like an undualting wavelength though opening and closing every five minutes . . . but man what fruit. Tremendous juice.
(Pontet Canet) This showed well but not as well as it could. Maybe this was closing down. Classic Pauillac nose of tar, leather, tobacco and a melange of red and black fruits. Even some sweet corn after five minutes in the glass. Dense and delineated with ripe, fat, silky fruit. Very finesse. Fruit takes over your mouth. Good inner mouth aromas and great length.