Tasted blind: Still young in color, one would not expect a 16 year old wine. Nose is a mix of a very peaty Scotch (Lagavoulin) and smoked sausage. At the same time it is quite short and one-dimensional. As all of these features do not fit this wine I suggest this was a flawed bottle. Hope to retaste.
Pontet Canet mini Vertical: Mostly tomato and its leaf on the inviting nose. The medium bodied palate features a complex array of elements: sweet, gently grilled tomato, tomato leaf, blackcurrant leaf, cigarbox, graphite, cloves and even a little fino sherry (wine does slowly oxidise as it ages afterall!) No fruit, though, but that's not an issue when you have so many non-fruit flavours in perfect balance. Tannins and acidity are still present, albeit in the background. This wine could, quite possibly, live for ever. Elegant with subtle power. Lovely.
Ruby core, clear rim. Quite herbaceous on the nose, with notes of blackcurrant secondary to this - not particularly effusive or charming. Fine entry, the midpalate was dominated by mud and soy bean flavours, chunky unrefined tannins, and a bitter coffee finish. Based on this bottle, flat and lacking elegance and definition.
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