A real surprise. I was expecting something short, hard and barren, whereas I found a wine full of depth and power. Delicious aromas of cassis and red cherry, with a bright attack of the same, followed by a surprisingly powerful wave of blackberry and a long, persistent finish. One of the best Croizets ever tasted, which is not difficult, all the more surprising in the context of the vintage.
my wife was right - i opened it up too early. no decant; lead pencil, cherries, leather, high tannin. needs 5 more years. has good structure for a poor vintage The wine looks Violet colored. The legs are Medium.
18c; no decant (bottle opened an hour); dark, dusty ruby; bright nose of pine tar, mint, black cherry, leather; tight grip; touch of bacon, vigorous schist and metal, black cherry, clove, sap, tobacco (typical Pauillac pungent melange); not bad for a grab at Carrefour; 17.5.
New Year's Day at Albenga; 18c; no decant; clear, clean dark puple; brilliant nose of black cherry, pine tar, mint, herbs; lovely structure, with soft tannins and plush fruit; bits of bacon, schist, plush black cherry, tobacco, sap; lovely Pauillac; 17.5
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(Chateau Croizet-Bages Pauillac) From a dinner at Bel-Orme Tronquoy de Lalande with the Quie family. A surprisingly evolved nose, showing some perfumed and aromatic notes with the tobacco and tea leaf characteristics of maturing Pauillac. Gentle, balanced, showing some structure and peppery grip beneath the fruit, and plenty of acidity. Sweet and rather gritty fruit at the finish. This has appeal despite a rather spiky, peppery flavour and a lack of vigour or definition.
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