In the background, Paul McCartney was belting out "She was just 17, and you know what I mean,,," I could not believe how young and fresh this wine still is. But do not that stop you from popping a cork, there are secondary notes galore, flowers, boysenberries, chocolate and truffle notes screaming just as loud as McCartney! The wine seems to have added additional levels of concentration since it was last tasted. The wine feels longer, taking up more room in your mouth. Splash decanted, the wine developed its trademark silky character within an hour and continued softening during the night. You can drink this bottle of pleasure now, or wait another 5-10 years, if the wine is well stored.
chez Bruce, 1st growth, Saint emilion. Rich and lush black fruits, concentrated and dense. perhaps a tad over the top, a bit showy and expecially obvious in the company of more discreet and elegant wines; picture Marilyn Munroe in Some Like it Hot - gello on stilts - and contrast the impeccable and graceful Deborah Kerr in The King and I.
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(Château Angélus) Lovely, deep garnet red color; subtle leather nose initially, that really opened up after 45 minutes in the glass; lovely entry, with cranberry, cassis and well integrated tannins; medium-plus finish (also tried from a 2nd bottle that was slightly corked)
(Chateau Angélus St Emilion) 66% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc. Dark, concentrated, vibrant pink-claret rim, with some early colour change coming through. Plums, cigar box, sweet fruit, still very primary though. But there is some emerging complexity. Very rounded and fleshy, forceful, full of vigour and yet refined, elegant. Textured, balanced, with lovely poise. A touch silky, but like the nose here the wine still has a very primary, sweet black fruit nature. Needs close to a decade before this wine will really shine. Excellent, with stunning potential.
(Chateau Angélus St Emilion) Harvest began on September 27th and lasted a week. This wine has 66% Merlot and 34% Cabernet Franc although there is also a little Cabernet Sauvignon planted here. Between three and four weeks maceration. A dense colour. Roasted nuts and dark fruits on the nose. Great density when tasted, appealing concentration, and still has plenty of tannic structure at present. A medley of red and dark fruits on the palate, supple tannins and correct acidity. A great presence on the palate, and a good clean finish.