Blind Tasting of 13 reds, 1 white and 1 Champagne at Behrens am Kai in Dusseldorf
7th Flight together with Pichon Lalande 2000
A lot of cassis, crispy black currant, fresh acidity, not that balanced as the Comtesse 2000, the tannins are too strong in this stage, a lot of power and minerality, next try in 5 years probably,but long fruity finish. 93 - 94
As good or better than I remember. Rich fruit and nuanced cedary nose. Medium-high acidity on palate and a lovely texture for such a big wine. Finish is rich with elegant tannins and a a long aftertaste.
Decanted for a day. This is ready to drink if you have a case. If you only have a few, wait. The strucure is substantial, the finish is lengthy and hopefully I'm interpreting correctly that there is a lot of promise and future here of complexity and interest as we see the move toward secondary and tertiary. Should move up in score if it fulfills the promise.
One of the strangest wines I've tasted in recent memory. Decanted about 8 hours. Thin, dessicated, very little fruit. Improved somewhat over the next couple of days. I'd probably give this an 80, but I'm going to assume this bottle was bad, perhaps stored in a hot warehouse for years. It wasn't corked and didn't really taste oxidized. Not a pleasurable tasting experience.
A good whiff of dark fruit and creamy vanilla in the nose, which after some decanting gave way to some familiar lead pencil and faint tarry notes. There is good balance in the wine, and it wasn't overly heavy. But even for a youngish wine as this, I thought follow through on the palate was a little short, and there wasn't much complexity that could hold my interest for long. Not bad, but not remarkable either -- for now
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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.