Popped and slow oxed for 10 hours before dinner. Great showing. Packed with classic Bordeaux scents and flavors like cigar box and cedar. Not necessarily fruity, but more savory and earthy. This is just entering it's drinking window at 20 and will easily go another 20. Nice wine.
Not closed, not tannic, simply a delight, this gentle classic was decanted for an hour and drinks like every wine that cost me $35.00 should taste-wonderfully. Soft and round blackberry, currant and plush plum fruit, laced with licorice, a pop of pepper, cassis, cedar lead to a pure, balanced, beautiful in the mind and senses Bordeaux. This wine is what a twenty year old Bordeaux should taste like and why one should wait at least twenty years before drinking. The finish is formidable and pleasurable sustaining the vibrancy of the fruit and classics of the winemaking into my dreams. Drink old and buy young and your balance sheet and senses benefit.
Purchased with other Bordeaux from a local vendor (Tempe) several years ago, purchased cases of other fine Bordeaux and Pontet, however this case of 95 (and unfortunately the case of 95 purchased by the Phx Commanderie chapter) is bad, not spent, bad, herbal, quick loss of fruit. Not sure how they became , but the sink is about to own them.
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(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Nice colour with maturity at the rim. This has a Cabernet dominated blackcurrant nose. Like the 1993 this too seems a little hollow on entry but things quickly pick up. Overall the palate is impressive, silkily textured, sweet and structured, with fine-grained tannins behind a depth of glossy fruit. Balanced acidity. Just a touch more tannic on the finish. Needs another year, maybe two.
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