Tasted at the Chateau. Didn't love it as much here as I did at the UGC tasting. Lots of dark fruit, coffee and chocolate on the nose and palate. Serious concentration. Great texture but much more tannin the expected. Medium+ finish. Needs time.
Visit to Château Le Bon Pasteur: Nose with red and dark berries, cherries, flowery and perfumed (actually some maceration semi-carbonique feeling, or "some but positive Beaujolais vibes"), well integrated oak notes, some sweet liquorice, elegant. Good concentration of fruit, dark and red berries, very well embedded medium+ tannins with a silky impression. Aftertaste with tart red berries and tannin. Fine balance and polished elegance. Young, but reasonably approachable, 92+ p.
Grande Bordeaux Tasting, 2010 (Grand Hyatt Hong Kong): Served by Didier Richer, a friend of the family. Since '08 they have vinified in barrel. They use dry ice to control the temperature. Like micro-vinification and allows integration of the oak (100% new in 2010). This seems like the same strategy Penfolds employ for their big wines. Didier prefers the '08! Big smokey wine but doesn't feel oaky - is that the barrel ferment thing? Great acidity cutting through the plum fruit. Nice tannins but slightly bitter on the finish.
UGC 2010 Singapore (Singapore): Dark garnet. A very unusual nose with herbs and something like crushed fir needles and a bit sharp citrus. The nose carried onto the full bodied palate where there was more dark fruit and chocolate. Medium plus finish. 92/93+
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(Château Le Bon Pasteur) Very dark ruby color; appealing, cedar, floral, tart black currant nose; rich, plush, ripe black fruit, mocha, ripe black currant palate; long finish 94+ points (85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc)
(Chateau Le Bon Pasteur (Pomerol)) A glossy, dark cherry red hue here, with a wide crimson-cherry rim. Rather a crunchy style to the fruit on the nose, with thick-skinned blackcurrant and plum fruits. The palate is fairly restrained for the vintage, gently textured with plenty of structure showing through. Despite this it does have a rather supple and savoury feel, even as the charcoaly tannins appear in the middle of the wine. And there is plenty of freshening acidity which goes with that crunchy style of fruit. Quite a grippy finish, with a lot of tannin here.
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