This opened up nicely after a couple hours in the decanter and paired wonderfully with grilled lamb T-bones. Concentrated dark fruits, damp earth, and coffee laced wood notes and spice that power through the moderate length finish. Shows the power and richness of the vintage without the roundness of more modern examples. Not the most complex, but the quality of the fruit and tannin are excellent and the surprisingly good acidity and moderately powerful backbone points to the excellence of this Chateau.
Just so enjoyable that it tipped into the 90 point zone. Aging beautifully, with both primary and secondary flavors in evidence. We opened this about 1 hour prior to serving. Black cherry and cassis, dusty gravel, dried oak, and leather seemed to dominate. This was plenty ripe but had enough acidity and fine-grain tannin to hold everything together and balance it out. Excellent concentration. The finish was long and rich, gently ending in a bit of oak and mocha. Probably at peak.
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