Explodes out of the bottle. Deeply colored with little sign of age. Great complexity on the ever-morphing nose. Earthy mushroom, cigar box and damp soil. Leather and more leather. Cola and dark chocolate. Floral aromas not unlike a fine Nebbiolo. A slight green pepper component which seems a little intrusive. Black fruit too, but that dissipated rather quickly. An occasional charming whiff of eucalyptus.
Thick texture that coats the mouth. Huge concentration but with a wonderful freshness to it- a nice balancing act. Tannins are rather elegant. Finishes long.
An exceptional St Julien, but the overall package doesn't move me enough for a higher score.
Bordeaux in Bern (Bern, Switzerland): Horsey and ripe, this has lots of beef blood and sanguine notes, followed by sweet cherry and tobacco. Really ripe and savory on the nose and palate. This didn't move the earth to the extent that 1990 Poyferré can in my experience, maybe a bit too bretty, but it was still quite delicious.
Perfect bottle. Great fill. Stored under perfect conditions. Very, very young colour. Dark, dense, compact. Almost black. Needs time in decanter to open up. At least 4 h. But the best glass I had was the one I saved for the next day ... so I must say it is at its best after 24 hours, that's how young this wine is. And this wine is 25 years old (young)!! Wonderful bouquet of dark cherries, blackberries, mocca, leather, curry powder, pencil/graphite, cassis, oak, cedar and cigarr box. Nice flavours, ripe cherries, coffee, meat, blood, bacon, chocolate, oak, cedar. The tannins are obvious and quite tight, yet they stay in the background and integrates well with the fruit and the quite brisk acidity. I must say I like the acidity in this wine, just refreshing. Good balance. But this wine lack the extra dimension that only the big wines offers, and the finish is a bit shorter than expected ... yet I love this wine and give it a good score, 93+ to 94. This was a perfect match with Steak Frites!
That was fun, and an eye opener for old bordeaux from someone who professes to be a Cal Cab fan. 25 year old cab blend, drinking in perfect harmony. It was light, both in color and profile, but amazingly long finish without coating your teeth. Drank the entire bottle myself watching movies in the basement. Never got heavy. Very impressive.
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Two finds to wrap up an eventful day - thanks to everyone that has inquired regarding the Blue Hill Event - Niki will get back to everyone shortly:
2005 Lagrange (Pomerol)
This wine remains an enigma and I have a parcel at less than first tranche pricing. The winery's refusal to allow most journalists from sampling (and subsequently reviewing) the wine has a US populous that would be eager to support the estate scratching their heads? 2005 was such a strong vintage in Pomerol that it would have been very difficult to mess things up. Secretive or not, this could be a major bargain a decade from now as Pomerol does not cost this little in a vintage like 2005.
1990 Leoville Poyferre 1.5lt (Saint Julien) This wine is quickly becoming a legend - it has surpassed what anyone originally thought possible. It was always highly thought of but the 750ml I had last month was among the finest wines of this precocious vintage - in magnum all bets are off. VERY RARE in magnum and sure to keep escalating in price:
(Leoville Poyferre) was a bit horsy as well with its earth and green field aromas. The wine was taut with a hidden core of ripe, cassis fruit. The palate was very tasty, long and earthy with nice, ripe fruit. Clive was very impressed, scoring it 18/20
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