Souper de fête Sylvain à Québec: Souper de fête Sylvain Un nez de fruit noir, de prunes, avec un peu de chêne discret. La bouche est vigoureuse, d'une belle puissance, avec de bons tanins gommeux, seule la longueur un peu courte trahit le millésime. Très belle qualité et un bel avenir. Excellent. 91+ pts
Decanted 3 hrs. Dark color with some reddening on the rim. Nose is a bit subtle, with graffite, alcohol, earth and dark berries. Pencil shavings, minerals and dry dark chocolate on the mid palate. Not getting anything else on the finish other than the flavors already mentioned. I wonder where this wine is going to be a few years from now. Hold!
A shy nose with mineral notes. Subdued on the palate. Fresh, lifted, balanced and harmonious, with hints of iodine and iron ore. Beautifully made, svelte and seamless with no rough edges. Will start to drink well in 4-5 years.
Decanted 1.5 hours before drinking. Inky blackness - deep black through and through, with no reddening on the edges. Boysenberry and blackberry flavor. Similar to the 1999 insignia that proceeded it. Bitter and heavy, heavy tannins. This could last forty years. Also lots of alcohol, but tolerable - 15%? Super full bodied. Licorice on the back end. Still too bitter, but will be great in 10-20 years.
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(Chateau Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) Creamy, dark, concentrated and slightly sooty black fruits on the nose here, still with a very polished substance too. This quality comes through on the palate but here there is also a strong structural component alongside the textural elements. The fruit has a darker, blacker quality than some other wines but the style is still very fine and polished, the tannins firm but working perfectly with the fruit. A well-honed and very true finish. A classic vin de garde in this vintage which seems to suit the style to a tee. Not the most elegantly polished fruit in the appellation, but still top quality.
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) A different style to Langoa, with darker fruit, and more extraction I would think. although it maintains a welcome freshness. Textured and dense on the palate, although with some suppleness, but there is also a seam of ripe, well matched tannins. Forceful yet harmonious, with a big rounded finish dominated by tannin. As usual this wine is more backward than many of its peers in this early stage of its life, but the potential and raw substance is all here.
(Château Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) Another wine displaying some appealing fruit character on the nose here, in a defined and confident style. It seems quite tight and closed in on itself right now, nevertheless the fruit character can be perceived. The palate is very fine, fresh, gently polished, most importantly harmonious and composed. There is a very attractive wine here. Impressive harmony. Grippy finish too. Showing very well today.
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