colour still fresh, no hint of browning. Nose subtle and restrained , some tobacco and fruit. Palate elegant balanced , quite firm with medium finish. Very good food wine . A good wine for the vintage.
This isn't a complete knockout, but I was impressed with this wine considering the tough vintage; A fragrant bouquet of dark fruits, cedar and spice leads to an medium-bodied palate featuring notes of currants, cassis and leather; While the palate does not have the intense concentration of top vintages, it is quite elegant, with well-integrated tannins; I don't see this improving further, so I would drink up soon if you have them
The cork of this wine at 21 years of age was in great shape. The area around the cork was super clean with the new aluminum foil. The wine had a pretty inky dark color. It left a chunky sediment upon decanting. After entering the decanter and pouring the first tasting portion, the wine exhibited a very noticeable rotten egg note. However, upon a little bit of aerating by swirling, that unpleasant smell completely dissipated. The wine's body was medium to medium plus. The color was very deep and with no sign of tiling. The bouquet was inky and cedar with a very full mouth feel. This wine has been in a cold cellar from release. Ullage was near perfect at high neck. This wine has more firmness than one may expect from a modest vintage and it is a very enjoyable wine now at peak performance. This wine will easily have five to ten years of life in very good condition if kept in a cold cellar. Parker gave this wine an 85 in 1997 and recommended drinking it about a dozen years ago. He termed this wine awkward and disjointed. I found no such thing at all. This wine has grown to a pretty enjoyable claret in the early stage of the plateau. It is very enjoyable although not a blockbuster. Classic.
Decant 1hr. Nose is pronounce & elegant with floral, cassis, dark fruits, tea leaf, vanilla, mint, cigar box. Great balance on palate, certainly matured, silky fine tannin, med+ body with cassis, liquorice, graphite, tobacco, leather. The fruit concentration is not as high as the best vintage, however, the length is still very long with a complex finish.
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(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) This has much more colour than the last wine. A lovely nose - pencil lead, cedar and spice-edged black fruits. Very dry on the palate, very savoury, a wonderful foil for the food. Aromatic. Full, elegant rather than opulent or creamy, with integrated tannins. Very classic.