Poured a small glass and bottle aerated for a couple of hours. In a nice place and showing some maturity. For me, a distinctive nose of salinity and ocean air. The palate, however, was a bit thin. Overall an enjoyable wine from one of my favourite producers. 89-90
In the last year this has entered into the start of its prime drinking window, but needs a 6hr slow ox to remove the rustic 2002 tannins (see my previous notes, do not decant for long). Subtle spice and wood aromas, much less than strong vintages (no cedar or tobacco notes here) and palate is blackberry and coffee (rather than cassis) with less richness. However there is depth, a decent mouthfeel and the tannins are smooth (with a slow ox) although never sweet. Finishes a bit short and dry, but its all very correct and enjoyable. Should drink well to 2025, possibly improving to 2020 - there is enough fruit there.
Monthly Tuesday group #006: Bordeaux 2001 versus 2002 (By VD): In the quite luxurious bouquet dark berry fruits, cedar, vanilla and tobacco. On the palate a firm wine with dark berries, some green bell pepper and other green impressions, a firm dose of red fruit acidity and tight tannin. A bit harsh and although the overall impression is quite luxurious it is not in great harmony. Nevertheless a beautiful wine and no real hurry. 89 - 90
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