At first whif...Im in pauiilac country. Great wine, but not very complicated today...Unfortnately it needs time to develop, but I doubt that the medium finish will get longer with time...So, drink or hold.
K&L Bordeaux Tasting (K&L, San Francisco): One of the only wines at this tasting not decanted because it was already showing well. Nose has intense nose with strong soy and umami, blackberry fruit, complex and balanced; palate is full bodied, balanced acidity, tannins integrated and maybe just slightly drying, balanced blackberry fruit; medium length. Very nice, maturity on the nose, ready to drink now but will have a decade ahead. 94-95.
Nose of green pepper, geosmin, animal hide. Supple, but the palate is showing still a lively core with a bit of grip with notes but very reserved palate blueberry, cassis, cigar box, but not terribly delineated but a solid dry elegant finish. No rush here. I can't imagine it getting much better, but it's a solid triple. 89-90
Decanted for two hours before tasting. I herby withdraw my earlier prediction that this wine wouldn’t peak until the mid 2020-ies, because yesterdays bottle was just stunning. Layers of rich blackcurrant and blueberry fruit, backed up by hints of dry soil, cigar ash, exotic spices and cedar-wood. Still young and structured, but is now beginning to display the level of generosity, depth and balance you would hope for in a wine like this. Assuming representativeness, I would suggest waiting another two to three years if you only have one bottle. If you, on the other hand, are lucky enough to own many, I would space them evenly throughout the next decade and perhaps save one for post 2030 if you expect to be alive by then (95-96 points).
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(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Fabulous nose here, big and smoky, roasted confit fruit, dark and gritty-grainy in character. Wonderful style. Roast coffee grounds, dark in style. Fine fleshy sweetness on entry, but not over-the-top, not a sweet, confit note in sight. There is a firm and polished texture to it, a savoury character, with lots of tannic substance although it does not show through past the texture and fruit on the palate, only on the finish when there is a flourish of grippy tannin coating the mouth. There is a firm, grainy character which sits very well with the rest of the wine. Brimming with potential here, but needs another five years at the bare minimum, and I am sure it will be much better at ten.
(Pontet Canet) Beautiful precision and elegance. Reminded me of a baby '00 LLC. Laser-like focus and sweet cassis licoricey fruit. Lots of mineral and cigar box on the nose with very sweet fruit and ripe tannins. Like an undualting wavelength though opening and closing every five minutes . . . but man what fruit. Tremendous juice.
(Pontet Canet) This showed well but not as well as it could. Maybe this was closing down. Classic Pauillac nose of tar, leather, tobacco and a melange of red and black fruits. Even some sweet corn after five minutes in the glass. Dense and delineated with ripe, fat, silky fruit. Very finesse. Fruit takes over your mouth. Good inner mouth aromas and great length.