Popped, breathed in bottle two hours, consumed over next two. This bottle performed like a champ, with wonderful aromatics and the show continued on the palate, singing from the first sips, evolving in the glass and offering up a finely knit tapestry of ever-changing nuance. Lovely balance, translucent ruby/garnet, wonderful intensity and an elegant, lengthy and expanding finish.
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Very light dull crimson, aged pale rim with orange hues; classic old school CdP, called Pegau off of first scent, cranberry, sour cherry, red radish, vegetal, tertiary; strong bitter Grenache on the palate, tart fruit, balanced by the vegetal and spicy notes, Brett was in check; well stored, called 2001 Pegau, one of the better balanced '98s; very good but seemed much more austere, on a different day with different accompanying wines I possibly could have given this a 93.
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