Drank this over a birthday celebration dinner at Yan Palace last night.
Wine was less intense than expected; with some oak characteristics and flint on the nose.
On the palate most of the fruits were gone, leaving secondary notes of tobacco, and redcurrants. The lack of concentration bothers me a bit as I like the intensity that Bordeaux (especially left bank) wines bring.
Do not have a lot of experience with aged Bordeauxs, but the overall impression is that aging makes the wine easier to drink (with the tannins all but resolved now), and more enjoyable overall.
Wine Geeks Gathering (Extra Space): Popped and poured from bottle. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, garnet colour. Nose is clean, pronounced intensity, with classic Left Bank Bordeaux characteristics. Nice aromas of toasted oak, tobacco, and a bit of blackcurrant. On the palate, fresh high acidity, just the right touch of medium+ silky tannins, medium+ body, and medium finish. Opened up after about 30 mins to reveal flavours of leafy herbs, sweet blackcurrant, and oak and tobacco notes. However, the fruits faded fast and another hour later, the fruits were going down, with a slight sour note towards the finish. Tertiary notes and nice nose remained. Conclusion: Drink up this Classic Left Bank Bordeaux now. Don't hold for too long. Beginning to go down.
pop n pour.veri beautiful nose.on the palate,the bttli is dominate with secondary notes.slightly not enuff of fruits to support but stil rather a complex wine.showing beautiful integration.show immensely lack of fruits(sign of sour surface) after 90 minutes but stil hve brightness(freshness) blending with mostly secondary notes.rexplore pouring last glass frm the bttl.surprise to get more fruits(blackcurrant)tat make the wine more exciting n balance.conclusion:tis bttl is meant for those tat like classic bordeaux.as for fruits lover,skip tis bttl.
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(Domaine de Chevalier) This was a great surprise. Great nose of scorched earth, weedy tobacco, red currants, dandelions and violets. Very pretty nose. Palate was deep and concentrated with great elegance. Great core of pretty red fruit. Tannins were big but ripe and everything was in beautiful balance. Very pure. The more I drink Pessac's I realize that it is the Chinon-lovers Bordeaux. Excellent wine.
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