This was my 3rd place wine in the Bordeaux tasting. It really stood its ground against a team of '05s. '08 is not supposed to be a great year, but with prices really down that year it makes a compelling buy none the less. The wine started out with tart fruit and strength in the tannin backbone, even with 2 hour decant. By the 3rd hour the tannin calmed and the fruit became more round and nose filling.
Very nice. I am a fan of Pessac-Leognan, and this wine doesn't disappoint. It is young, but I would say it is open. There is still some improvement in the cellar that will come over the next few years. It is ready to drink now, will integrate more from a few years in the cellar, and should last at least another 10 years. I would say nice fruit, the nose maybe a little earthy, overall a smooth dry finish. This was a single bottle purchase and I will ad a few to my cellar based on this tasting.
From 375, popped and poured. I think my March 2014 note is about right. The extra 16 months served the wine well, and it is ready to drink. No great rush, but I doubt this will make old bones. Probably best consumed over the next 5 years or so.
Nice wine, not great but good. Medium bodied, food friendly.
Good wine with a classic Bordeaux expression... Cassis, cigar box, tobacco, etc. If blind, I would have thought it was from St. Julien. Wish it had a little more stuffing and fruit like the 2009 vintage. A little leaner than I prefer...
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