The wine was dark ruby in colour and offered dark flowers, red and dark fruit, black currant, dark cherry, blackberry, graphite, leather, tobacco, coconut, cocoa and vanilla on the nose. On the palate the wine showed red and dark fruit, cherry, red currant, black currant, blackberry, graphite, tobacco, coffee, cocoa, spices and vanilla, paired with medium-plus acidity, well-integrated, smooth, medium-level tannin, a creamy mouthfeel and good to very good length. The oak still was quite prominent, but other than that the medium-bodied wine was very balanced and surprisingly drinkable despite its young age, and actually drank drank extremely well. A medium-bodied, medium-complex Bordeaux for early and mid-term drinking. 90+
Second Sunday Group: 2011 Bordeaux & others (Mike's): Aromas of cherries, black currants and perfume/florals; elegant and pretty aromatically. Violet and black fruit aromas stand out as the wine sits. Tannins are firm, but fine-grained and silky. Flavors of black cherry, currants and red fruits. Very pretty fruit on the palate that lingers on the finish. Overall this is a very balanced and pretty wine. 93+ pts.
Bordeaux in Bordeaux (Pauillac): A touch above the other wines. Some caramel oak but also some herbaceous character on the nose. Quite good fruit and not great finish but I think this will be god drinking in another 5 years or so.
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(Château Langoa-Barton (St Julien)) This wine has a dark and glossy hue, and there is a very perfumed, rich fruit character on the nose. This is smoky and intense, nevertheless it seems very correct and stylish. A big style, very firm on the palate, very fresh, very nicely poised, with generous tannins but they sit within the rich substance of the wine very well. It has a fresh, dark plum-skin character but it also feels lightly lifted, really delicious, dense and with a long finish. This has great potential. A wine that comes close to transcending the vintage.
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