Bordeaux 1998 tasting by my friend who calls himself “100wines”: Beautiful deep bouquet. Très Pauillac with beautiful dark forest fruits, graphite, earth, tobacco and exclusive oak. On the palate dark fruits like cassis and cherries, graphite, licorice, dark chocolate, some bell pepper, rustic impressions and a firm amount of good red fruit acidity. The tannin still has a good bite. A medium plus concentrated wine which is elegant as well. I think this wine is in its perfect drinking stage now, but it can last another 2 – 3+ years as well.
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(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Now approaching eight years of age, this wine continues to show a good depth of colour. There are some notes of early maturity on the nose, with some meaty fruit style, but overall it is quite reserved. Classically styled palate, with attractively ripe fruit and moderate acidity, but with well rounded corners. There is still some tannin to shed here, but I sense this is all coming together quite harmoniously. Will make very good drinking with time.
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) A youthful looking wine. Another exotic nose with fading, oak-derived notes of vanilla and caramel. A touch of green pepper perhaps? Medium bodied with clean, pleasing fruit on the palate. Correct structure, with soft background tannins and good acidity. Firmer tannins on the finish. A little length.
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