Dark but a somewhat developed color. Nose is pleasant but somewhat indistinct, slight note of sour cherries. In the mouth it is full with good acid and tannin balance, the overall impression a very accessible and well developed wine, almost Italian IGT in style. Quite nice and very ready to drink.
Beautiful bouquet with cassis, dark forest fruits, some graphite, cedar and smoky oak. Same on the palate. Good acidity and a pleasant touch of sweetness which belongs to the 2009 vintage. Already open for business, but no problem cellaring this until the early 2020's. 90 for today.
Bordeaux Star Performers Tasting (8 Danks street, Sydney): from Magnum. Medium plus intensity aromas of black currant, herbaceous notes - mint, slight leather, cedar and a touch of farmyard funk…very Bordeaux but a bit forward on the nose. In the mouth flavours of coffee, blackcurrant, mint, firm but fine grained tannin. Rather lovely.
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(Lacoste-Borie Pauillac) This, the second wine of Grand-Puy-Lacoste, is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. An attractive nose, quite meaty and with savoury fruit character. There's a touch of game about it too. The palate has a pleasing stance, gently stony fruit, although appropriately textured. Nice and ripe tannins in the background, good lightly peppery acidity too. The fruit has a good broad flesh, nicely framed, with those savoury notes as found on the nose. A very decent second wine.
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