Altaya annual wine tasting (Hong Kong): A nice showing from personal favorite appellation Pomerol. The wine shows some tightness at the moment, muted nose with dark fruits, cocoa, spices and oak. But palate is a treat, ripe fruits, rich, plush mouth feel, very fine tannins, with power and gentleness, with good length. An excellent wine.
Tight at the moment, effort is required to find the aromas. You can sense the volume, purity of fruit and quality of the tannins with some work, but this is not the best time to be tasting this wine. With time, the wine could score even higher. I’m letting my bottles rest for at least 5-8 years.
Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting in Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France): Very dark, but not pitch black. Nose has black fruits clearly dominating and a hint of something minty at the back. Interesting. Palate is full bodied (but not overpowering), dominated by black fruit with medium acidity and well integrated tannins. It is very long Excellent wine. It has the potential to improve quite a bit. Clearly too young now. 3 = Very good (with a big plus)
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(Château Clinet) Very dark red violet color; entrancing, cedar, pencil lead, ripe red currant nose; oak more noticeable on palate, ripe red currant, cedar palate; needs 4-plus years to integrate the oak; long finish (85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc)
(Chateau Clinet (Pomerol)) Yield 39 hl/ha. A particularly dark and concentrated wine here, with a deep purple-black hue right out to rim. The fruit is just explosive, with creamy vanilla tinges on top of dark, macerated fruit skins, all plum and damson and cherry, with a sweet but sooty edge on the side. A polished start in the mouth, very bold, with quite a firm shell around the edges, indicative of rather firm alcohol? Creamy fruit underneath though, full and broad, and the tannins although very firm are nicely composed within the wine, Good acidity. Lots of crunchy tannin coming in at the finish. Lots of extract here but it is very well integrated into the wine. Impressive and a great effort from Clinet.
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