Quintessential older Bordeaux, at a near perfect place right now, didn't see it getting better and better, and maybe it really hasn't changed - so hard to bring impressions from year to year together. Whatever the case, this is a memorable, attention getting, conversation halting wine. A real argument that we all should be given a wine cellar by someone at an age when we otherwise can't afford it, so we have wines like this when they are at their best
1989/1990 Bordeaux Dinner (Feast & Imbibe - Evanston, IL): Dark ruby color. Gorgeous aromatics are just singing with pencil lead, tobacco, cigar box, red fruit and dark chocolate. Wow, sensational palate with fresh, bright chocolaty fruit made complex with herbs, tobacco and earth notes. Still has chewy tannin. Less primary than a 1990 tasted side-by-side, but I preferred the depth and complexity of the 1989.
Still so young. Ripe dark fruit, damp dark earth, pencil shavings and a shade of dry tobacco. Still a bit of not unappealing greenness to this wine that is beginning to transition into white pepper and spice. Shows in the nose as light white pepper currently, and on the palate as a touch of basil. Smooth in the mouth with fine tannins. Consumed with venison. 2 hour decant. 93+
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(Château Pichon-Longueville Baron) Bright dark red violet color with clarity; beautiful ripe plum, black fruit, smoke and savory nose; very tasty, tart black fruit, charcoal, smoke and youthful palate; long finish
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