Tim's Birthday Celebration (Extra Space): Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of green herbaceousness, bell pepper, cedar wood, some blackcurrant. Developed. On the palate, dry, medium acidity, medium+ alcohol, medium+ tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of herbs, green bell peppers, cedar wood, and a bit of dark blackcurrant. Rather austere on the palate save for the pervasive herbaceousness. Medium finish. Acceptable quality. Drink up. Will probably not improve with further ageing. And I still don't get it. What's the obsession with this wine? This green herby Réserve de la Comtesse keeps coming back to haunt me. Someone give me a good example of this wine to change my mind please.
A little muted on first opening, possibly due to being at cellar temperature. After 15 minutes, it opened up. Quite classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, some dark fruit, although not the liveliest. Much fruitier with mushroom soup. Nice oak, gravel, some red and dark fruits. A little on thin side for Pauillac but this is a second wine from 2007, so to be expected. Seems like poor to fair value though. Opened up considerably in the decanter over the course of the evening, becoming much tangier & gravelly. Went well with lamb chops and on it's own after 3 hours and with mimolette cheese.
Medium garnet. Reserved nose of forest floor, cedar wood and some black current, good Medoc typicity. On the palate nice and pleasant but a bit watery and light on the mid palate. I think that is the maximum what they could get out of the second wine in a not so good vintage. Drink up.
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