Fantastic. Decanted an hour before serving, structured, matured. Great nose, soft tannings but still vibrant, will for sure last long. Reminded me of the 1996 Opus One. Perfect fir with rack of lamb and I wish I had another bottle.
A little bit closed on the nose - dark fruit, tough oak, cedar, even toasted oak. Then it opens up - delicate black currant, cassis and almost perfumed violet. Hints of meatiness and tobacco. This is nice. Medium to full body. Tightly woven, with tough tannins. Austere, dark fruit. No green tones - positive. Quite complex with cedar, smoky mineral, spices and black tea. Lacks some concentrated fruit in mid-palate for great wine. A good performance. Tasted blind the group guessed on left bank 15-20 years old. This wine is in a good drinking window now.
Tasted blind...this sucker is right in my wheel house....wafting aromas of leather and cigar ash, hints of bell pepper and asparagus...I declared bordeaux...though with such soft fruit I thought right bank initially...then soon the tobacco leaf and graphite took the stage...juicy cherries lifted by the acidity was a welcomed addition...once told (its left) I immediately went pauillac (all in)...I said clerc milon or d'armailhac....its pontet....a total treat..rockin juice 95 points
In my cellar since 1997. First time I have opened a bottle. This is what aged Bordeaux is all about. Had it with a dinner of artichokes, salad, and Filet Mignon. All fabulous and the wine was just right for the meal. I wish I could do this every week.
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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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