I've tasted this wine many times over the past 10yrs and it continues to be the epitome of Bordeaux. A beautifully styled, elegant wine that cannot possibly be mistaken as originating from any other region in the world. Opened with still a medium-dark colour, with amazing notes of earth, leather, cedar and spices. Still a great finish, 30 seconds+. I had the wine in the glass of the better part of an hour and it did not miss a beat. Having tasted this wine many times, the only criticism I'd render is that 20 years on the fruit is fading just a touch and the wine is not as well integrated as it used to be. Previous bottles I've tasted merit near-100 point scores. As one of the other posts said, this is absolutely one of Bordeaux's best producers, I dare anyone to taste it beside a First Growth and declare otherwise.
Stellar Night of Bordeaux; 5/15/2015-5/17/2015 (NYC): Shy nose at first, showing a bit medicinal. With air this becomes vinous and classic, sporting a exotic bouquet after all the Left Bankers. Really good core of ripe fruit, classy, comes across almost like a restrained Cali Cab. Still young, but sexy.
Old Bordeaux with Patrick back in town (Fabio's, NYC): Loved this. So flamboyant on the nose, with sweet sandalwood, floral, and other exotic spicy notes framing a core of rich red fruits and more savoury earthy elements. Still rather primary, but much more appealing to drink right now than the '95 GPL was, with the tannins feeling more silky.
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