Drank this wine today at Gattopardo with my best mate from University.
Colour is reddish purple. Some cassis, liquorice and oak on the nose, with a good balance of elegance, laden with grace, beauty and charm.
At 16 years of age, this wine still feels young and fresh, with the acidity showing nicely after an hour. The purity of fruit is outstanding, with the tannins nicely dissolved to give it a very rounded and elegant finish.
An excellent choice to pair with the turkey and cheese that we had.
A little disappointing. Almost at the end of its 'drinkability' range and it showed last night. A nice blend of cab sauv and merlot (50% each), typical of St. Julien, but not copmplex or distinctive. Would be a great mid-week wine, but not at the weekend wine price I paid 14 years ago.
Some moss, cedar and sweet tobacco on the nose at first. It is just a little muddled and lacks real definition but gets better in the glass. There are some cassis fruits, a little smoke and tar, fresh roses and some wet earth flavours. Length of flavour is moderate. I enjoyed this more than the 98 Pontet-Canet.
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(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) I find attractive aromas on the nose here, which has a good presence of rounded fruit lifted by notes of liquorice and spicy complexity. It shows freshness and light rather than intensity. At the start it is light, and maintains a rather lean presence on the palate throughout, showing in quite a firm fashion without a great deal of rich concentration. Today it seems to be showing more structure than flavour or aroma, and it is a little less well composed in the mouth. I have enjoyed previous bottles of this wine more than this one. Nevertheless there are good qualities here which are evident on tasting. A good effort for a lesser vintage.
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) This has a lovely style, showing a very attractive, open nose with plentiful fruit. It has a well rounded, well composed complete style on the palate, with some really bright, fresh acidity. Nicely spiced, with a little complexity. This is really rather stylish, with a good presence of fruit, and in the context of the vintage is really very impressive.
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) A quite glossy hue, with an appealing, minerally, stony, black fruit character on the nose. There are emerging notes of complexity too. Elegant and floral on the palate, softly structured, with a nice, supple, ripe tannic backbone. Good acidity. A very attractive drinking wine, with a reserved style I appreciate, quite approachable now, but will improve.
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