Pure dark ruby color showing no signs of age. Nose is more intense than I expected. Initially showing big barn, iron, and sweaty meat notes, trailing off over time to show cherry fruit and stone and some green forest and spearmint. Palate shows firmness and structure. Classic stone, gravel, some lead, french soap, evergreen, hard earth and with cherry fruit and firm tannin on the finish. Well made, yet missing some richness on the mid palate. My first bottle in the case, will wait another year . . .
Colour still a dark red. Cassis and dark fruit on the nose. Medium bodied, with decent fruit though receding, with secondaries coming through: graphite, earthiness, leather detected. Tannins are still there, 15 years on, but really quite smooth now. Finish is medium-to-long. Really nice drinking.
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(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Very appealing nose here, very polished fruit style, very expressive, suggesting a good presence and texture. Good depth of fruit, good complexity, not exotic aromas but a deep and spicy wealth of forest fruit character with a delightful grainy element. Very appealing palate, youthful and primary but very well composed, harmonious and almost honeyed. Polished, textured, very complete style, beautifully silky tannins, nicely intertwined with the rest of the wine. Fresh acidity. Perfumed, red fruits, violets, lots of potential here.