Decanted for 90 minutes. The nose was dominated by barnyard/funk for the first hour, combined with earth and soil. Even after the funk faded a bit, the nose did not show a lot of fruit. Frankly, the nose was not particularly appealing.
In the mouth, this wine was beautiful. Sweet dark fruit, lush and chewy. Tannins were soft and matched up well with the fruit. The finish was long and complex. As the night went on, this got better and better, with layers of flavors on display.
More evolved in colour than 2001 and 2004. Ripe fruit on the nose, quite opulent, sweet tobacco, cigar box, spices. Pretty well balanced on the palate, a little simple, but with good fruit, nice acidity and good length. Just a little drying towards the finish. Drink soon. 89-91
Deep ruby red with no color loss medium body with perfect tannins and medium acidity. Dark fruit black raspberry with dark chocolate on the mid palate. Earthy but not musty or damp. I like that the wine displayed good fruit at 12 years but I think it will not go past 2020. Well recommended
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(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) A great nose here, of intense, dark fruits swirled with raspberry compote, tinged with cashew nuts. But it is seductive and restrained rather than slutty. Lovely, creamy, raspberry scented fruit, fine elegance and texture. Beautifully structured, supple and well put together. Nut and toffee influenced finish. In parts, quite gorgeous. A success!
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