In the bouquet ripe dark berry and cherry fruits, tobacco, graphite, red berries, vanilla and rustic flavors. On the palate cassis and other dark fruits, vanilla, graphite, some licorice, good acidity and firm tannin. The wine is still youthful and is not showing much finesse yet, but I have the impression there is potential. 89 – 93. So 91 for this afternoon.
Delicious. Slightly less rich in mouthfeel compared to previous bottle, a bit more elegance and finesse rather than power. Creamy red berries, tobacco and classic Paulliac graphite unfurl on the nose without much prompting. Some hint of sous bois on the nose too. Palate had plenty of red fruits, and unending cassis. Some hint of green and savory character. Fully integrated fine grained sweet tannins. The difference was evident when drank side by side with a run of the mill Cali Cab Sauv. My kind of wine. Excellent. Drink now.
Excellent. Had this at restaurant Odette, paired with roast pigeon. Great Paulliac character that I love. Dark ruby in colour. Dark fruits, graphite, tobacco and hint of vanilla on the nose. Juicy cassis, perfectly ripe fruit, yet good acidity and freshness throughout. Perfect luxurious mouthfeel and laser-like focus on the fruit. Any oak was well-integrated. Super well-balanced. Finish is medium with elegant refined tannins. Drink now.
The second "claret" of the evening from Pauillac. A fairly typical blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Dark ruby red colour. Nose of slightly ripe, black fruits with a touch of spice and pepper. Palate experiences dark berries, some coffee, touch of chocolate and well-represented tannins. A reasonably pleasant blend of power and elegance. We definitely enjoyed the drop, but wondered out-loud if another four years or so would have done her more justice.
The wine looks ruby colored. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like tobacco. Very smooth texture, and light tannins. Not a heavy strong bordeaux, but very elegant with a medium body. Although everything seems to fall in place the aftertaste is rather short. Paired this with some meats on the BBQ, excellent combo.
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