Wow - so delicious. Opened and decanted for a few hours and decided to have it for Thursday Night football game. This is what a 12 year old Bordeaux should taste like. It was terrific. Silkiness from the merlot that is the majority of this wine. Tannins were present but smooth. Nice dark berry flavors and nice toastiness. The wine starts out fantastic and travels the palate beautifully. The finish never seems to end. Alas, this was my last bottle :-( This could age longer I suppose, but it seems pretty spot on right now. So why wait. Open and enjoy!!!!
We bought this bottle the day before we got married in 2003 and drank it on our 10th anniversary. Never having had a bordeaux pomerol before, we didn't really know what to expect, but were blown away nonetheless. Fantastic introduction to the appellation and vintage. The wine looks Inky colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Prune, Mineral, and Toast.
Hélène Garcin-Lévêque Dinner (Boarding House, Chicago): Tasted with a variety of wines from the estates of Helene Garcin-Leveque, this vied for top prize with the 2001 Barde-Haut. Dark purple colored with a bright magenta rim. Nose is very layered, starting with bright acai berries, a light cinnamon note, roasted meat, and a sweet/smoky honey mesquite aroma. There's also a surprising hint of salinity in here, perhaps imparted by the terroir? In any case, this is still young tasting, with the strong tannins restraining the palate a bit. Though integrated less fully than the Barde-Haut right now, the structure is superior and will likely support another 10-15 years of maturation at least. 92 points reflecting no future potential, though this is certainly worth following.
It blasts off with an explosive perfume with touches of vanilla, roasted blackberries and coffee. Thick, rich and dense palate feel. Very concentrated. Some tannin remains. Long, sensual finish. There is a lot to like in this wine.
Great palate texture that's filled with layers of ripe, rich, round, concentrated dark, Bordeaux fruit. Silky tannins and layers of polished fruit are the hallmarks of this wine. A touch of oak is discerned in the finish, but that should eventually become absorbed into the wine. Already open, this will improve. I liked it so much, I tried buying more of this Pomerol the next day.
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