This had a riot of fruit, was flashy, showy and downright slutty. It possessed a palate where dense, creamy waves of cherry and cassis lapped around the gums. There were some floral notes and despite all the flesh it had a juicy quality to it. This was a grand bottle without any hint of oxidation. A most enjoyable drink.
My first perfect score. Initially I was divided between scoring it 99 or 100, but once Pomerol expert Neil Martin has awarded this a perfect score, who am I to disagree, given the fact that my dilemma was mostly based on my lack of knowledge/experience on how a "perfect" wine tastes like. Etheral, complex and powerful nose with an out of this world bouquet of dark chocolate, leather, cedar, black cherry, smoke and damp earth. Even more impressive on the palate, showing tremendous power, multi-layered and fresh(!) fruit as if it were merely 10 years old or so, no sign of volatility, silky (but still present) tannins and perfectly balancing acidity. Very long, almost endless aftertaste. What more can I say...an unbelievable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thanks S.T. for offering this gem!
Amazing wine hard to believe it is so old... Seems younger than half its age, at least... Exuberant nose with the aroma of venerable mature Bordeaux: notes of cedar, tobacco, damp earth, leather, dark chocolate and sweet spices together with dark fruit. Palate is full bodied, something rather unusual to my experience of old Bordeaux and full of sweet fruit. Very deep flavored. The wine was decanted and the last sip from the glass, hours after the bottle was opened did not show any hint of oxidation. Very powerful wine - may be lacking some finesse comparatively - and that's why I do not rate it even higher. The only thing I regret for sure is not having let it stand upright before opening for the sediment to settle. Color was dark garnet but hazy which might have been avoided. A rare experience. A wonderful wine that seems to have lots of life ahead of it...
Mi-épaule. Longue aération. Rubis d'une insolente jeunesse, profond et très carminé. Cerise, vieux cuir, fumé, côté Porto très évident. Gras et opulent, corsé et épicé. Très bonne acidité. Vinaigre balsalmique, chocolat, touche de café. Finale alcoolique et longue. Bonne mâche. Au fond on y retrouve les cinq goûts (ou aspects du goût) selon les Chinois : sucré, acide, âpre, âcre, salé. Une merveille véritable !
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(Vieux Chateau Certan) The 1947 Vieux Chateau Certan stole the show, however. It had a deep, special nose, a veritable ocean of plummy sex. Alex observed, ‘jasmine,’ and found it ‘pure.’ Hints of garden and tree bark complemented the nose, but it was all about the Pomerol fruit. The palate was rich, saucy and concentrated, pure decadence. Its pure fruit flavors of plum and cassis were mature in their complexity yet youthful in their personality, just as it ought to be. It was lush and long but integrated, with its tannins and alcohol melted into its wealth of fruit. Wow (98).
(Vieux Chateau Certan) The 1947 Vieux Chateau Certan - all I can start with is mmmm…good. Jim bowed entering the church of this great vintage. On the nose, chocolate and truffles merged with smoky dust and leather. The palate was sweet and delicious, showing great black and purple fruits. It was sweet and sugary, but delicious with enough spice to match, and the spine was so longgggggg. Ed summed it up best, ‘superb’.\
(Vieux Chateau Certan) The last of our Pomerol flight was a 1947 Vieux Chateau Certan, which came from a mid-shoulder fill bottle. It was still good yet affected and not all that it could be. There was still lots of chocolate in this earthy and waxy wine, which seemed milder and more subdued than previous experiences
(Vieux Chateau Certan) also had some unusual aromas to it at first, this bad laundry smell as if it was left in the washing machine all weekend. Once that blew off, it was the wine of the flight. Plums, earth and slate finally emerged out of the washing machine and into a long, earthy and ‘dryer’ finish. Ok, that was bad, I know. I have to amuse myself sometimes, sorry. The wine had a great mouthfeel and a long finish, and while it was the best wine of the flight, I have still had better bottles
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