Cork wasn't in great shape, but didn't seem to affect anything. Color was amber/brown with major bricking. No off-putting funk to speak of; the nose was pleasant throughout, with cassis, blackberry, leather, licorice, menthol, and lots of mocha (that became apparent after an hour). Seemed to peak around the 2 hour mark. Had a nice velvety mouthfeel. Tannins fully resolved. Medium-high acidity noted. Medium-plus finish. It seems this wine may be coming off its peak, but there is still some fruit left here. Probably will still be enjoyable for at least another year or two.
Sweet black fruit on the nose with background white pepper and sweet spice. On the palate, dark earth, light coal dust. Softens and becomes more fragrant with time. Good medium length finish, this still has sufficient acid, tannin and fruit to survive well for some time. Served with striped bass. 1 hour 20 minute decant. 92+
Double decanted with a minimal amount of sediment, deep opaque garnet bordering on black berry color. Cosidering the age and softness of the tannins on the palette, a strange degree of volatiles and alcohols on the nose. Otherwise, a beautiful palette of a variety of fruit....soft fruits of blueberry and casis without any tar or leather but a luscious and soft and subtle bouquet of fruit with a long round finsih. Very complex and evolving over the course of a simple dinner. What structure, integrity, complexity and depth of being. Violets and purple flowers will eventually bloom within the bouquet after dinner, ivy and herbes de provence with shades of euclyptus dappling through the veil...Bacchus says can drink now and enjoy immensely will hold well over the next five years; Ceres says drink now/soon as the light is casting a soft subtle yet wise filtered shadow of the brilliant light and intensity that previously sparkled in this wine in 2010. Elegant and mature.
Deep dark garnet in color with minor bricking at the edges. Full, forward & attractive nose of mature & developed ripe fruit aromas of dark cherries, blueberries & cassis with classic cigar box overtones of cedar & tobacco, floral notes of violets, leather, dusty, earthy, dried herbs, coffee grounds, vegetal, anise & minerals. Medium-full bodied with a very good concentration of silky smooth textured, balanced, complex, mature & well-developed ripe fruit flavors of dark cherries, berries & plums with earthy, dried herbs, spices, a hint of mint & minerals. Lingering smooth finish. Drinks quite well at present and should hold at its current plateau for a few more years however any further develop may not occur.
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(La Dominique) A 1982 La Dominique was the only St. Emilion on tap tonight and a real surprise. The A-Train found it ‘minty and grassy’ in a good way, and I added wintry spice and ‘classic St. Emilion,’ as in the opposite of that garage…I guess one could technically call it wine. But I digress, as the La Dominique seduced with its great yeast and game aromas, and the palate delivered an excellent experience, full of great spice, more acid than the GPL and nice minerality. Flavors of green olives tickled my palate on its finish. This was ‘good juice,’ as Bad Boy likes to say, and reminded me how a price tag isn’t always an indicator of pleasure (94).
(Chateau La Dominique St Emilion) A reliable property not far from Cheval Blanc, near the border with Pomerol, which consistently over-achieves. Another deep, mature colour. This has a nose of black fruit, together with obvious green vegetal notes very reminiscent (in a much less offensive manner) of the 1985 vintage from this property. This characteristic shows through on the palate also, which is full and creamy, and rich in fruit. It is attractive, balanced, smoothly textured and has some elegance, despite this mild, initial criticism. Some length also. Drinking now.
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