Dark opaque in color, nose of dark berries, slight vanilla oak and mint. Medium plus palate with ripe fruit but also good acidity lift and slight oak as well. Pretty long finish and overall a very enjoyable wine.
Hosanna Vertical Tasting (Zurich): My first impression when this wine was initially poured was "WOW"...after 5 minutes still good, after 15 minutes the thrill was gone. So I ask myself how do these modern St. Emilion's age. Maybe this does not matter as this makes fun now, and thus, should also be drunk now. Intensive deep red. Nose of berry marmelade, Tobacco, Creme de Cassis. Very balanced, long finish and lots of fruit. This is very modern and it makes fun because it is different to the more classical and elegant Hosannas in the tasting. I would drink this wine now but I am sure it could last another 10 years. But again, will more bottle age make this one better? time will tell...
Tasting this as I type. 2001 sucked as a vintage in Bordeaux, however the best producers still made lemonade out of lemons! This is throwing lots of sediment, so stand it up for 2-3 hrs before decanting. This wine has held up really well all things considered. On the nose, There is an abundance of toast and tobacco. On the palette, it's smooth. The tannins are perfectly integrated. Plums and cherries tease the senses. Great wine for the vintage. However, not worth the sticker price. Will last another 7-10 years in the cellar. That said, I don't see it improving beyond this point.
Served at a Société Mondiale du Vin Bordeaux tasting. No notes. For me, this was easily WOTN. Dense, velvety, Right Bank wine bursting with delicious fruit. Amazing length. Refreshing acidity. Sweet tannins. Drinking well, but structured to last.
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(Château Valandraud) Medium raspberry red color; sweet cherry and cassis nose with caramel and pecan; plush, soft, sweet cherry, a little hot and tight yet; medium finish 90+ pts. (continuing to open in the glass after 45 minutes)