Landmark Hotel Decanter . Masterclass with Nicolas Glumineau. Coolness of fruits on the nose, ripe red and black fruits, classic style of power and elegance. Spicy and peppery finish. This is drinking beautifully now. As were most of the left bank wines tasted at the event, my favourites including Beychevelle and Branaire-Ducru, showing sweet ripe fruits, wet stones, tobacco leaves and minerals
Compared to the 2010 and 2009 a hint of discolouration around the rim, but still very dar and youthful in colour. Perfumed on the nose, good depth, dark fruit, graphite, spices. On the palate still quite grippy, fine fruit, precise and well balanced. Bright acidity, nice length. A better showing than in February and much more 2005-like. Very good. 92-93+
Bordeaux & San Sebastian Trip; 3/6/2015-3/13/2015: Nose: blackberry, red berry fruit aromas and a kiss of oak. Not the sexy lalande, but rather refined, plush yet bottoned up. Palate: Blackberry, leather and toasty oak. Quickly shows its tannin. Finish: blackberry, red berry and drying oak. Needs time to integrate, but does not strike me as one of the future greats.
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(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) A slightly sweet, toasty, marshmallow element to the nose here, with an element of cooked fruit here too. Rather leaner than expected on the palate, rather stony too. There is a nice substance, a slightly chewy-juicy feel, although it has rather a confected, sweet fruit character which is certainly less appealing. Quite firmly composed in terms of structure, and very dominated by tannins on the second taste. I find this tasting disappointing - I have previously been impressed by this wine at two years of age. What's happened here? Is this wine just having a bad day, or is it something more than that? In view of these concerns I returned to the wine later in the day, in order to taste from a fresh bottle. My opinion, however, was unchanged. I can only hope that this is an awkward moment for this wine, otherwise Bordeaux savants with cases of Pichon-Lalande in their cellar might well be disappointed. A conservative ranged score here.
(Pichon Lalande) We began with a disappointing 2005 Pichon Lalande. Its nose was lightly roasted and nutty with aromas of coffee. While elegant, the dryness of its tannins and acidity jumped out. There were lighter, nutty flavors of black tea present, but it did not have the depth I have come to expect for this reliable Chateau (91).
(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) A beautifully pure, dense, summer fruit nose here, elegant, but showing vigour. This is a real delight on the palate; harmonious, elegant and composed, showing a lot of vigour, direction and elegance, There is a slight fleshiness to the texture, with fresh, lifting acidity and beautifully hidden tannins. This is very fine indeed and has superb potential.
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