Medium garnet-red. Aromatically complex,room-fillingly-rich notes of herbs and fruit : menthol, thyme, celery seed, bell pepper, currants, cherry, licorice, pencil box, tobacco. Yummy, fantastically old-fashioned wine from cool year Bordeaux weather. On arrival, the body tilts towards leaness featuring lively cherry and celery and leather. Classic. Finishes medium. Bottle #6 of six.
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(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) Just a little sediment despite decanting. This obviously mature wine now displays a fading, mature hue. The nose is not particularly open or expressive despite having been decanted. It has a gentle meatiness, with a stony-seashell crispness and a touch of iron. The palate has some appeal, although it lacks finesse and never really flatters the taster with anything of substance. A touch lean, acidic, almost disappearing on the midpalate, and rather short on the finish. To be honest it is rather short on pleasure too.