I think NACNUD nailed it, although I wouldn't say it's delicious anymore unfortunately. Tired and bland IMO, definite hints of VA. The balanced structure is there but everything else checked out. This declined rapidly, I'd finish these up by the end of the year—which reminds me to be conservative with my drinking windows.
Drink Now, tannins are resolved. I wish I had opened this several years ago, but it was still delicious, albeit a bit soft for a Bandol. Pretty violets on the nose (with a bit of ethyl acetate unfortunately).
My Grade: EX. Dark Garnet with cherry rim. Some barnyard on the nose gives way to cherry compote, dried plums, tobacco, leather notes. On the palate: intense black plums, cherry, spice, slight herbal notes, great structure and long dry, juicy finish with crushed-rock minerality. Excellent Bandol!
A l'ouverture, nez classique de bandol, et le vin puissant n'est pas complètement en place, le fruit, l'alcool et les années de bouteilles ne sont pas complètement fondues. Après 2/3 heures de carafe, la fusion est réalisée, le vin est apaisé, sphérique : une belle bouteille, qu'il faut décanter impérativement.
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(Château de Pibarnon Bandol) Bricking medium red violet color; appealing, ripe cherry, ripe raspberry, tart currant nose; maturing, tart cherry, tart red berry, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish
(Château de Pibarnon Bandol) Rich ruby-garnet in the glass, with notes of plum, tar, pancetta, and stewed tomato, the wine is soft, round, and earthy at first, but then slightly gripping fruit tannins and fresh acidity kick in. This Bandol is showing its maturity. Provence: Heaven for the Senses
(Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rouge) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-dark chocolate & cranberry; gorgeous; a little new car leather smell as well; PALATE-very big wine; quite tannic; this wine has "balls"; good structure; lots of dark fruit exploding on the mid-palate (black currants; blackberries, blueberries); then transitions to grainy / earthy tone on the back-end; I like the bitter tannins; a black tea component on the finish as well; the length is quite silky and smooth; get little itsy bitsy blueberries dancing in your mouth and I like it; the flavor profile is exceptional; great length; this is a real stellar effort at $38 bones; this wine trumps many $70-$100 CdP's, Bordeaux's and Cali Cabernets; this is spectacular and well made; will last 7-15 years easy; great with a steak; great wine; WS-95; GV-92+
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