The last one. On opening, much paler and more brick colour than the Labegorce Zede opened a few days ago. Nose is old style claret, smoky, burnt fruit tart, a bit of tobacco. Assertive but not unpleasant tannins. Fruit reticent. Lets decant and leave it for a couple of hours.
Nose much fuller and it looks darker. cedarwood and cigarbox. damson fruit which comes more and more to the fore as the air gets to the wine. at the end, about 2 hours after decanting, chocolate, and I had a piece of 90% chocolate which didn't argue with it at all.
4th Saturday Brown Bagger (R&D's): From magnum. Blackberry, licorice, herb and tobacco aromas. Tannins are certainly approachable. Full-bodied and nicely balanced. Dark fruit, herbs and tobacco on the palate.
Some real disparity in the tasting notes here. I am in the 'disappointed (but not completely surprised)' group. Quite disjointed - overripe and slightly stewed dark fruit, hot alcohol, dry and dusty tannins and a pretty short finish. There are traces of GPL as it usually is (usually one of my favourites), but not much. This won't get any better, and the fruit will fade quite fast I think. I bought quite a lot of 2003 Bordeaux and this doesn't bode well for their general longevity.
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(Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste (Pauillac)) Decanted for two hours this still showed pretty mean and tight; it was at least four hours before this really seemed approachable and open for business. With time the nose does reveal some delightful fruit scents, dense red cherry fruit and red plum, mixed with notes of liquorice, smoke and stone. It is bright and characterful, and although it has richness and generosity it certainly doesn't have the fat corpulence that you might expect from this vintage. The same on the palate, which has substance but also piles of bitter grip and sappy-juicy acidity. It is full on but not soft or ill-defined, and although it doesn't seem very typical of chateau or commune I think this is more youth than the vintage. Good potential here for the cellar.
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