First of four bottles - consumed with pork-chops, mashed potatoes and vegetables.
Bottle and level in pristine condition - cork came out with any issues. Very nice nose, lots of pepper, spices and dark fruits Very smooth going through the mouth, again some spices and dark fruits Great flavour, lingers in your mouth medium time, still dry at the end
Amazing to believe this is already 20 years old - surely must have more life in it. Drink now ( but decant ) or keep cellared for a few more years - up to you.
This wine has not changed a lot the last years. It took 2 hrs of air before it opened up a bit and showed a beguiling nose of fragrant Pauillac-mix with cedar, tobacco, almonds and herbs. Sweet fruits in the palate show up after a while. Then very harsh and brutal tannins in the finish. Not the sweet and lush style of PC-vintages after 2003, more classical, elegant and polished. Great winemaking and terroir, but this wine still needs lots of time, if you like your Bdx in the best drinking window: 2021-2040. 92 now, 95 when fully ripe?
Audouzed in the cellar for 12 hours. Throws a fair amount of sediment, so stand it up a few days before serving. Full bodied with a lovely deep color. Black cherry flavors predominate, with an underlying mineral streak. Tannins were quite smooth after extended air. Acid balance was excellent, and finish was very good. This brawny yet classy wine seems like an excellent pairing for steak.
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(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) A moderate colour, and an impressive nose. An intense, complex medley of blackcurrants and other black fruits, with exotic spices and black olives. A lovely structure is the dominant feature on the palate, with integrated tannins and balanced acidity providing a framework for some still somewhat primary fruit, with touches of root liquorice. Developing. Clearly a very good, age-worthy vintage.
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Again a young, rich, red-purple hue. A little more approachable on the nose, with the blackcurrant fruit sitting alongside notes of curry spices. A fat, round yet elegant and stylish palate. Mineral fruit, with good balance and underlying structure. Clean finish.
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