Bordeaux 1998 tasting by my friend who calls himself “100wines”: Beautiful creamy and ripe dark forest fruits and perfume in the luxurious bouquet. Same on the palate; creamy dark and red berries, sweet spices, some chocolate, mocha, coffee, cigar box and tobacco as well. Beautiful acidity and a touch of pleasant sweetness. Soft tannin with still a pleasant bite. Beautiful and mature wine that will drink beautifully from now until 2018 or even a bit later. 92 - 93
This may actually be the best showing along with the last bottle. Very balanced. Raspberry bramble with chocolate notes. Fruit showing more than previous tastings as I recall. I'm sad that I think I have no more from the case having dismissed the wine. Very silly.
Westchester Wine School: Haut Medoc - Terrior & Vintage: Drank at WWS haut medoc tasting. I've had this wine numerous times of late and this tasting is quite consistent with previous notes. While a somewhat elegant wine, it lacks intensity of any kind as I noticed previously. Dark fruit, some acidity, some earthiness, and on the light side. It's also short on the finish. There is nothing overly characteristic about this wine. It has hints of tar and perhaps some black pepper and dark fruits, but its just nondescript. Nothing jumps out at you. Drink up and do not decant
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(Leoville-Poyferre) A glorious wine if a bit young. Tobacco, rich cassis fruits, some spicey oak and minerality on the nose. The palate is quite massive with extremeley concentrated fruit and thrilling ripeness but wonderful smokey, tobacco, mineral character. Sweet and ripe tannins carry the finish. Excellent acids too.
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Another intense, red-purple wine. The nose doesn't give too much - some sweet mineral-edged fruit. Quite classy. Bags of structure on the palate. It's a massive, hard wine, with hidden fruit and plenty of tannin. Moderate acidity. Five years in the cellar needed here.
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