Decanted for one hour. a brilliant wine with classic BDX flavours Rich garnet/purple color, no signs of age. Nose was gorgeous, classic dark fruit, cedar, smoke, graphite/pencil. palate was dark berries, blackberry, graphite, floral notes, licorice. Mid/back plate showed more cherry and spices.
Still quite young but approachable now, this is a Bordeaux of classic proportions with a very typical flavor profile of pencil lead, herbs and stones. Many years of development are ahead for this wine, I am sure.
Decanted an hour and a half. Still very Tannic. Someday, this will (again) be a monster.....competing with some of the very best....but for now, what is needed is a 5 hour decant or a few more years in the cellar, I am not sure which, maybe both. Pure and youthful ,but for the moment controlled by the tannins not the lovely fruit. See my comments several years ago.
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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.