Plenty of black currant fruit on nose, very silky , reasonable power. Stood up to steaks quite well but without doubt a better match for lamb. I gave it 2 hrs in decanter before starting. Last glass after 3 hrs definitely fading. Really enjoyable now but can't see this improving any further.
- Colour: ruby-red with medium intensity. Surprised to see so few evolution in colour. Medium viscosity. - Nose: cherry and vanilla. Tertiary hints after swirling. Hints of caramel. - Palate: sour start. Vanilla and caramel in the mouth, lots of acids., but the acids are softening after receiving some air. Medium finish (which is perhaps the only minor thing about this wine.
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(Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou St Julien) Fantastic and focused on the nose, with lots of firm yet elegant fruit. The palate has elegance, structure, with nicely extracted stony and mineral fruit. There are plenty of peppery tannins in the background. This will be a superb wine.
(Château Ducru-Beaucaillou (St Julien)) A very dark, dense, matt appearance with a red-black hue. The nose has a similarly dark feel to it, with a fruit character closest to gritty blackcurrant and damson skin, and although there is a sooty depth to it suggesting concentration and structure, there is also a freshness to it in the fruit style. There are some more evolved elements too, savoury notes of black olive, tinged with an earthy seam bringing forth suggestions of cigar. There is a hint of green olive too. It is dark but not reticent, but certainly on the cusp between primary fruit and early secondary development. The freshness comes through on the palate, which has a linear structure to it which frames a fresh, dark, savoury palate, concentrated but miles from any of the accusations of sweet and creamy flesh that might be thrown at modern Bordeaux; those who wonder what has happened to Bordeaux might do well to take a look at this. Notes of roasted meat through the middle, seared and flavoursome, with a tense and sappy frame. Long in the finish, supple but drily formed, elegantly composed rather than grippy, this is a wine that is nicely evolved structurally but which has more to give in terms of aroma and interest I think. Delicious and full of potential.
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