Absolutely rocking right now on pop and pour. Beautiful earthy nose with some cigar box and subtle purple fruit. In the mouth, utterly soft and smooth. There's no power here; it is all elegance. Spectacular. Happy 18th anniversary to us!
This was really a treat. Decanted for about 30min. The nose is beautiful secondary Bordeaux notes, saddle leather, cigar box, old books, with blacker dried fruits. On the palate, the tannins are fully integrated but the wine still has structure and not soft but any means. A nice silky elegant finish. Think this was a Last Bottle deal...should have bought more.
DTC (@ SS Bordeaux: Left or Right bank?): Creamy bouquet with spices, some bell pepper and green impressions as well as a touch of barnyard. On the palate red and dark berry fruits, sweet spices, a nice balance between acidity and sweetness and supple tannin. Ready now and no real hurry.
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(Chateau Certan-Giraud Pomerol) The final vintage before this property changed hands and was divided, creating Chateaux Hosanna and Certan Marzelle. There is elegance on the nose here, showing a restrained but characterful wood-spice and plum. It is softly composed on the palate, gently gliding and somewhat detached which I like. There is a little grip through the midpalate, and good extract underpinning a nice texture. Nicely composed but not a very firm style. I think this will be drinking well very soon.
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