A pleasant surprise. At Petrus on the 57th floor of the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong, with William Wong, Justin Lam and Charles Hollander. A very pricey wine list including 38 vintages of Petrus left me struggling for a drinkable wine at a sensible price which is not too young. I selected La Conseillante 2004, but the sommelier steered me away in favour of this instead at much the same price, around £250. Good deep colour, fruit on the nose, rounded satisfying Pomerol of medium length, no real complexity but well-balanced, ideal with a thyme roasted chicken. Certainly more complete and ready than the '04 would have been (I have some at home and it is some years off as yet). Well done the sommelier.
Slight amber at the edge, drink now and the next three years, this wine has reached its apogee. Medium-bodied, the most prominent characteritic is its classic Bordeaux aromitics- earthy, cassis, cherry, cedar and licorice. Excellent structure and never ending nose, this wine evolves in the glass- she smells and tastes better and better. The vegetal quality blew off within five mintes and her sweetness persisted. Softer and more balanced after an hour.
87 points. Youthful appearance, healthy sweet fruit, good balance, very well made. A classy wine. However, I would never bet on this wine to deliver outstanding drinking when mature- it is too simple and lacks complexity. I have the feeling they should be able to make far better wine at Latour-à-Pomerol.
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