Westchester Wine School - Premium Bordeaux Tasting (Bar Lees, Mamaroneck, NY): Drank at WWS season-ending premium tasting. In this flight was also 2005 Las Cases, and 2010 Pape Clement. Dark ruby core in color. Feint nose of black fruit & perhaps some vanilla. Medium bodied, very firm tannins, decent fruit but hard to overcome the tightness of this very young wine. The wine was decanted pre-tasting but clearly not for nearly long enough--I would suggest several hours pre-tasting. There's some oak still here, solid backbone and structure to this wine, if perhaps a bit short on fruit at this sitting. I would love to see this wine in 5-10 years down the road as it certainly has a long life ahead. Question is whether it will develop better balance in that period. Also, this is a wine that screams out for food; not a wine just for sipping.
A lush and spherical wine. Has complex broad aromas of dusty black fruits, some red fruits, lots of spice, graphite and smoke. Its medium to full bodied palate is elegant as well as dense and superbly concentrated. It has defined, plush and layered smokey black and red fruits on the strapping middle. It ends longish, delineated and fresh with gripping tannins. A modern Pauillac.
Bordeaux Confidential SF (SF): Clear, a bit dull. A bit bretty, some moderately ripe plummy fruit. Soft on the palate. Moderate alcohol [13%]. Low extraction and moderate/diminished acidity. Score: no score (missing some notes). Alcohol: 13% (62% cab 33% merlot)
The nose showed dusty soil, hints of spice, minerals, cedar and crushed dark berries. On the palate, I found brilliant red fruits with contrastingly dense textures and building tannin. Fruit saturated the palate throughout the finish, yet it was kept in check by youthful tannin. I’m very interested in seeing where this wine will go with time in the cellar.
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(Chateau Pontet-Canet (Pauillac)) A glossy, crimson hue. The nose has a powerful presence of fruit, although with a dark and stony character rather than the open and perfumed style found in the rest of the appellation. Dense, rather withdrawn, and on the palate a robust substance shows through, with a less fleshy seam of texture contrasted against it compared to some wines. But there is an elegance to it as well, a more perfumed edge to the fruits than the nose suggested. And the tannins, although coating the mouth, seem to bring the fruit along with them as they do so. This is a powerful composition which is showing very well with the broad, creamy, forest-fruit style that Pontet-Canet has these days. Very good indeed.
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Rather tight on the nose, rather grainy fruit character, certainly dark, certainly expressing what it has to some extent at least. There is an attractive purity to it, dark fruit character with a smoky edge. Middleweight on entry, the tannins ripe but coming through, although covered by the fruit and texture which has a good style if not as incredibly harmonious as the 2005. Lots of substance to it, ripely tannic. Supple elements to it, good collection of components here, but they need time to integrate. Good ripe tannic finish.
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) There is a huge wealth of ripe fruit here, with a dense, savoury, macerated style. It has a sweet pastille-like intensity, but a savoury rather than sweet style, complicated by notes of tar and violets. A very serious palate follows, packed with dry and perhaps rather woody tannins, but there is plenty of fruit to match. It has austere structure, but I think it has sufficient substance too. A powerful wine which will need a lot of cellar time.
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