Followed another bottle over 30 hours. This wine is a chameleon with a fascinating development, mocking my earlier attempts to describe it in a uniform description. The key element I am noticing now is metamorphic. First phase is tannic and tight, with typical Pauillac flavours of blackberry, cassis, a little raspberry, and some herbs, bay leaf, etc. Over 24 hours, the angularity smooths over and you get a 2009-esque creamy presentation of cherries, cola and spices. At 30+ hours the wine settles into this coffee and milk chocolate space with an aroma of violets.
Westchester Wine School: Haut Medoc - Terrior & Vintage: Drank at WWS Haut Medoc tasting vs 2006 vintage, and this bottle was far more preferable. Pretty, bright crimson in color. Quite tight, with very firm tannins. As wine opened in the glass, the wine showed black fruits, some cassis, lots of lead pencil and some coffee element. Good length, with nice spice.
Dark ruby. Ripe nose of red fruit with cedar wood, spices. On the palate this is quite mouth filling for a second wine with good fruit presence but there is also some alcoholic heat here. Not very long aromatically. Nice to drink but I struggle to see how this can go much beyond 90 points.
This has dimmed over the last few years. Getting rubber, acacia, raspberry coulis bay leaves and liquorice on the nose. Silky palate yields liquorice, raspberry, blackberry, and a nice medley of Asian spice. Fairly long,tannins civilised, nice gastro wine, but makes me speculate the 1st wine is not in a good space in its development right now. Still lovely, but not up to the level of the PC 1sts from 2001-2008.
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