Decanted and shared with a number of friends but pared with lobster and shellfish, so not the greatest. Pleasant but no bells for me and wine seemed perhaps a bit more aged than I would have expected. It deserved more attention and fuss than it got this night. Probably needed still more air...lesson learned
Anise, mint, eucalyptus, blackberry, chalky and powdery tannins, with a short Welch's grape juice finish...Visually the wine is dense and young, with little bricking and deep color, but under delivering for me in dimension with a short chalky finish. It's a good wine, but I'm not really interested in buying more.
A little cautious after reading mixed reviews. After a good 3 hour decant, I still had to search for the nose, but subtle aromas of blackberry and cherry were soon apparent. What a revelation on the palate ; it just exploded in the mouth with big flavours of berry fruit being checked by lovely smooth tannins and a lingering finish. This just kept getting better in the glass. A fantastic wine fully in its drinking window.
Given the pedigree of this wine, I'd have to say this was disappointment. Opened with an (undecanted) nose that was just ok - some charcoal, earth, truffle, but you really had to search for it. Tannins a little bit on the light side, and as the evening wore on, they got even lighter with no compensating acidity or fruit development. The wine went into slow decline after about 45 minutes, never quite going off the edge but never quite opening up either, telling me that it clearly does not lack the structure of an elite wine. Finished ok with some nice secondary notes of black fruit but nothing complex. I'd have to admit that I might assign it an even lower score if it weren't such a storied Chateaux so I might give it the benefit of the doubt.
First bottle. Solid if not spectacular tasting. This was PNP an hour before grilled strip steaks and the wine continues to drink well and youngish, good sweet fruit but a slight sour undertone that limited my enthusiasm. I will revisit remaining bits.
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