Big Bordeaux IX (Kevin's house 4/18/15). Why am I cursed with a palate that loves expensive wine? Wonderful. So this is what all the fuss is about with Boerdeaux. Some pleasant funk on nose along with an earthy/woodsie quality. A wine to just hold and smell without drinkingg; but who can hold back. Such a rich, full mouth feel.Some vegal hints. A wow wine, and my second favorite.
Big Bordeaux IX (Kevin's house): Slow-O for about 4 hours, decanted for 1 hour; drank 1+ glass over 3 hours. This was freeking amazing. A beautiful nose and a very impressive palate. This has every Bordeaux descriptor in it except barnyard.
A real treat. Was popped and poured in the cellar of our gracious (and benevolent) host. Nose of absolute gun powder. Taste and finish just makes you close your eyes and try to describe what the hell is going on in your mouth. An unforgettable experience.
Nose: kaleidoscopic, red fruit, black fruit, blackberries, toffee, spices, gunpowder, strawberry bubble gum (!), sweet flowers, and tobacco. Every nuance just danced through the nose. Ever evolving through the 5 hours we sat with this. Palate: Patience was required to watch this evolve but paid off in spades. Full, rich, nuanced and every element sang high notes. So elegant and seamless. A melange of berries, spices, earth, chocolate. Though provoking and a joy to drink. Finish: long but not cloying. Deft balance & silky feel with detailed spices, oak, berries, fine cigar, coffee and earth.
Bordeaux does not get better than this. Perfect bottle living up to expectations. One of the greats...
Big Bordeaux IX featuring '82 Pichon LaLande and Leoville Las Cases and More (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark red plus color with a 1cm transitional margin. Slow-O for about 4 hours, decanted for 1 hour; drank 1+ glass over 3 hours. One whiff and you knew this was exquisite, one taste and you were elevated to another place. Ethereal, evocative, insert your adjective here. An impressive nose with ground tobacco, deep wet earth, a touch of funk, a seductive perfume of potpourri, red raspberry, cassis, black cherry. The palate is just wow, wow, wow, lifted, incredibly earthy, damp, vibrant, gorgeous velvety red and blue and black fruits, sleek ultra fine grained tannins and a very, very long finish. It's hard to even put in words, it simply makes me giddy. My and group WOTN, hands down. 97+ to 98pts.
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(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Bricking medium dark red violet color; tobacco, leather, oregano, beef jus nose; tasty, velvety, mature, tobacco, leather, tart plum, tart black fruit palate, very appealing; medium-plus finish
(Pichon Lalande) The 1982 Pichon Lalande was much more open, with hints of coffee in its nose and more gamy fruit. It was musky and husky, with hints of corn oil and sweet fruit. Signature nut and pencil were there, and the pencil really started to take over in the nose with some air. Flavors of cassis, green bean and olive were present in this tasty wine, with more pencil on its finish. It was lush, round and rich with great black fruit flavors, and its olive became blacker in style. Someone called it ‘reductive’ (96).
(Pichon Lalande) The 1982 Pichon Lalande (sourced from Chateau) was a disappointing bottle of this wine to me despite its perfect provenance. Its nose was full of animal and horse aromas and a healthy dose of wood like the Las Cases, but way too much so. This was not consistent with the greatest examples of this wine that I have had. It had some signature olive there, but this green, woody pungency dominated the wine’s aromatics. The pungency carried over to the palate, which did have a smooth and supple finish that also had a little ‘pop’ to it. However, in the end, this bottle was way too oaky for me, even though its texture was a redeeming quality. I will reiterate that I have had much better bottles, but this came from the Chateau
(Pichon Lalande) was next and out of magnum. A quick debate ensued between Mike and Rob over the wine. Mike found it 'unusual' for 1982 Pichon, and Rob was talking about the magnum factor. I was definitely starting to feel it and missed taking a lot of notes on this wine, but I did find major structure here, and the wine was not as open as the usual '82 Pichon, so I guess they were both right. There was lots of spine and a spicy finish for this outstanding magnum of Lalande
(Pichon Lalande) again one of the better if not the best experience I have had of this wine. The nose was super sexy, 1982 Pichon Lalande as it ought to be. The Merlot shone though in its gorgeous, sexy and plummy fruit, which was soft and sensual with a touch of olives, lavender, caramel and tobacco. The palate was incredibly rich and fleshy, with similar flavors to its nose and a gritty finish that is right there with a pinch of green bean. It seems perfectly mature, but I guess that is where it has been for a long time according to many. It certainly got the .Miss Congeniality,. aka most drinkable award. Mark was cooing, .so sexy, so sweet,. and there was lots of .beautiful. and .gorgeous. going around, and they weren.t talking about Rudy and I, to be clear J