Décanté, au restaurant. Bouteille magnifique avec high fill. Robe bordeaux foncé, bien brillante. Nez sur la mine de crayon, l'âtre froid, très pur, ensuite sur les fruits noirs. Bouche vive à l'attaque, bien structurée, élégante, avec de la réserve. Belle finale, moyennement longue.
Surprisingly young nose of raspberry, red cherry and earthy pencil lead kind of aroma, still sweetly pungent with alcohol after 5 hrs of decanting. Frankly a very welcoming nose and better than expected turnout considering the surmountable literature on how this house has under-performed in the last few decades. Medium body of red fruits, quite a decent finish, reminiscing of a young Barolo actually! Not a second growth quality but a very worthy mid tier grand cru. Very enjoyable!
Quite full and some bright purple colour, mature, some earth and farmyard on the nose, opened up over 2 hrs, some nice fruit finally emerging, still balanced with nice acidity, dusty rains and not much length, enjoyable but not the quality you'd hope for
Julian S-M's 1996 Bordeaux (Hawksmoor, London): Bright, red-fruited nose. Positive attack, light, bright red fruit. Not much development across the mid palate but quite persistent if a little dusty. Finishes well enough. Pales in the company. ***
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