Solid wine. With good secondary characteristics now, with some forest floor and bacon. Crunchy red fruit. Plenty of fruit, tannin and acid remains. A bit clunky and heavy-handed though. Slight astringency. Probably at peak now.
From a magnum, I found this wine to be a but one-dimensional, and not very indicative of what I love in Pauillacs. In particular, there was an off-putting astringency and a lack of balance. No notable changes were observed over 2+ hours after a decant.
Very pleasant fruity nose (black berries). lots of aromas. Drinking wise, it tastes like an old (but good) Pauillac. Tannins are smooth. Body becomes medium/light but could have been kept at least one more year in good conditions. Unfortunately, this was my last bottle.
Now showing some of the character of its parent Chateau. See previous notes. Well fruited with cassis. Some lead pencil and spice. Dry, slightly astringent finish. Good weight. This seems to be moving away from the new world style as it ages and developing some of the more classic Pauillac characters and aromas finally, which I prefer. Nice stuff (88-89).
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