Cantemerle/La Lagune vertical (Dobbs Ferry): There's a faint stewed/slightly overripe character on the nose, but on the palate this is really nice with bright red and dark fruits tinged with leather and earth. Not as complex as the '89 or the '96 that preceded it and a little more angular on the palate, but nicely balanced.
I concur with Henry's note as well as his comments on bottle variation. Smoke and brett, full-bodied, savoury elements with fruit still alive and kicking. Rustic, masculine, some rough edges and lacking elegence but tannins appear to have smoothed out considerably. Like some of the 86s I've tasted recently, the wine has probably just entered a long drinking window with little fear of the fruit drying out anytime soon.
This was quite a bet. Cork and level almost perfect. Decanted 1 hour. Alive Ruby red, with pink/orange rim; consistent. Intense,complex and fine at nose: Mainly vegetal (Rubhurb, Cola), spicy (Coffee and tobacco), red fruits jam on the background. Some dust/earth and maybe tertiary hints. Dry,decent body and tamed tannins. Intense persistent and fine. Long finish also if low acidity and decadent body. Black Fruit on the background.
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