Dinner with the IT guys (Tung Lok Signature (Central)): Blinded. Scents of cassis, tobacco and sandalwood on the nose. However, this somehow lacked the typical tell-tale notes of cigar-box, pencil-shavings of a Pauillac. Not tannic nor astringent, this was already fairly drinkable; Quite simple and straightforward on the palate, with a dark-fruited profile. Perhaps time may add more complexity to it...
Bordeaux & San Sebastian Trip; 3/6/2015-3/13/2015: Nose: cedar, blackberry, cherry candies and spice. Palate: suave entry, slightly glossy, but fruit driven character. More red than black fruit notes and good spices. Acidity jumps out a bit at times but nice overall. Finish: oak, creamy berry notes and herbs. Very nice and showed better than the 2005.
From 0.375. Medium ruby with garnet rim. Expressive nose of cedar wood, oak, cigar box and cloves. Very classic Pauillac (in the Lafite/Margaux cedar wood, as opposed to the Latour/Pichon Baron earthy/forest style). On the mid palate this wine shows the weakness of the 07 vintage, where the body and fruit core are a bit modest for the medium+ acidity. Nevertheless, this is a delicious and highly drinkable left banker with abundant and complex aromatics. Ready now.
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(Château Pichon-Lalande (Pauillac)) An appealing depth of fruit on the nose, slightly sandy at the edges, but the overall style is one of fresh, bright, lightly perfumed red fruits, with cedary overtones, elegant but convincing. The palate is rather cold and solid, than it relaxes a little in the middle, where it feels broad and lightly stony, with a supple but tense composition. Rather grippy and lightly chewy in the finish, features which certainly suggest some potential. Overall, elegant but with a solid and stony foundation. This will be very pretty with time I think.
(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) Quite a pure set of aromas on the nose here, stylishly poised, with a little nutty oak. A moderate texture on the palate, with some substance to it. Moderate extract and acidity, fresh, with black cherry fruit. This certainly has some appeal, and may benefit from a short time in the cellar.
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