Occasional dinner group; TOP Bordeaux 1988: Beautiful and mature bouquet with dark forest fruits, some tea, flowers and luxurious oaky flavors. On the palate still a meaty wine with beautiful dark forest fruits, a pleasant touch of bell pepper, some chocolate, good acidity and mild, slightly drying tannin. This probably was the most harmonious wine of the night. Really beautiful and no real hurry drinking it.
A great showing of this wine with a big Pauillac nose turning horsey and farmy but with solid red fruit and good tannin on the palate. Bold red and black cherry, some currant, leather, and notes of spicy tobacco. Red cedar note is spot-on. A way better bottle than an '88 Lalande enjoyed about a month ago.
Nice nose, Michael M. gets beet. The palate shows a bit of cedar and funk, but there is still vibrant red fruit to balance the funk. I think the Brett here is just a touch too high and distracting. Sweet cedar and herbal notes. Long finish. Many '88s are hard-edged and firm, still, but this is showing good warmth and user-friendliness. Acker auction, Marea.
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(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) It's stretching a point to list Mme Lencquesaing as winemaker, but do we really need an excuse to drink Pichon? Obviously much more mature than the other wines here. Mature aromas, meaty, inky, slightly vegetal. Seductive. Medium bodied, more vegetal-meaty fruit. Fully integrated, ready now, and very fine balance with it. Gorgeous.
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