Wine group dinner for Aniko at Yans China Bistro with Alex Yan doing the cooking. My #2 and Group #2. Lovely nose of black cherry fruit, tar, and cassis, more of the same on the palate, lots of cabernet flavors on the mid palate, medium/big body, improved greatly as the evening went on, lighter style than the others but much, much richer, long finish and flavorful aftertaste.
A bit richer and more expressive, complex than the 1983 on the nose. More generous, less drying, smoother, less powerful, but really harmonious and balanced, with a wonderful intensity of flavours. The structure is just superb. Very persistent and long. An absolutely lovely wine and a close second behind the stunning 1990. No rush at all drinking this. 94-96
Power meets elegance. Beautiful aromatics of freshly polished leather, dried flowers, sweet cedar and cassis. Round and creamy in the mouth with dense fruits and plenty of subtle earthy nuance. Has great proportion and persistence. Still extremely youthful but a joy to drink right now.
I actually feel like this bottle still has time to go. It had purity and softness and the acids were well integrated but the fruit was hiding in the background. It started to peak out past the tannins but it was still subdued. A well put together bordeaux.
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(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Of the three wines here this has the greatest depth of colour, yet also demonstrates the most evidence of maturity. Obvious style on the nose, the dense, pure fruit joined by complex mineral and meaty aromas. The palate has richness, but also balance and elegance. There's plenty of everything - it still has lots of fruit, and there are still some tannins on the endpalate and finish. Good acidity too. Pleasing length.
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