Wow. Stunning wine. Loads of ripe plum, leather and creamy mint chocolate but still has tremendous focus/structure to keep all the pieces in perfect balance. Better on the palate than the nose for sure. This is only going to continue to get better....
Popped and poured. From the first whiff I knew I was in for a treat. Light red to garnet core and garnet rim. Mature, dark ripe fruits, fresh and cool, with a dusting of black pepper. Lush, satiny, creamy mouthfeel, blackberry fruits, cassis, milk chocolate, kirsch, liqueur and cocoa, evidence of fine tannins and a good backbone, long finish. This is a fine bottle and in the words of Terry Theise, this wine has the ‘deliciousness’ factor that warrants the 97 pointer from me.
Drank at Otto's Had alongside a '90 Troplong & Pichon Lalande. All three were wonderful and shows what a great vintage '90 was and all three have many years of life ahead of them. We toasted Christine and had her wonderful '90 again. Still very young and open with lots of plumbs, dark red fruit, cassis and earth on the nose. Rich complex beautiful palate. Lovely stuff.
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(Troplong-Mondot) This had a beautiful nose of cocoa powder, mineral, dripping cassis, tar, touch of herbs and dark blueberry. Structured like a Medoc on the palate with oodles of just this short of sweet concentrated fruit. Beautiful detail and precision along with a long finish. Needed 45 mins to really strut it's stuff but a great example of this "left-bank, right-bank" St. Emilion.
(Troplong Mondot) The nose had a early morning bakery, freshly baked bread nose full of plum liqueur, nut, olive and cedar. It was very kinky in its plum aromas, and cassis quickly got into the party as well. .Tons of alcohol,. Ray moaned. It was a bit masculine for Ray, the Beaujolais aficionado that he is, and Clive quickly dismissed the notion that there was too much alcohol. The Troplong had more minerals to its nose, with a nice palate full of more minerals, game and those St. Emilion olive flavors. Mike noted .a lot of cream. and called it one of those rare wines where he got more in the mouth than in the nose. The wine seemed a hair more powerful, ripe and fresh than the Beausejour and got a 17 ½ from Clive, and from me
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