My score reflects the nose which is astounding. Decanted and aerated for 3 hours. Dark ruby red with a blackish core, nose of cassis, black berries, spice, graphite and tobacco. On the palate decent weight but an austere mid palate, fruit muted, not much complexity at this stage very primary. Surprisingly not much evolved since I last tasted this wine in 2011, needs another 5 or more years unlike other 04s I know, very tannic and slightly lacking in finesse at the finish, with good acidity.
Horizontale Bordeaux 2004: Un nez discret, un peu chanvre, cassis. De corps moyen, il est parmi les plus légers du groupe. La bouche est élégante dans sa structure, avec un petit coté herbacé intriguant. Bonne acidité, c'est un vin élégant qui garde une touche d'austérité, un classicisme certain. Tanins fins mais encore bien présents. Besoin de quelques années. 91 pts Je croyais avoir trouvé le Haut Bailly...
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(Cos d’Estournel) A 2004 Cos d’Estournel was so young, but like ‘honey to a young bee.’ We had a Bordeaux lover amongst us. A touch of oak grilled its nose, along with corn stalk, cassis, pencil and earth. Some blueberry twists emerged on the palate as it aired out, along with some butter and caramel. While pleasant and classic, it was anti-climactic (91).
(Chateau Cos d'Estournel St Estèphe) There is a lot of oak evident on the nose here, dense and toasty, but with good fruit too, with a sweet and gritty depth. Good weight on the palate, a touch brawny, with moderate texture and a solid, polished wood background. Firmly structured, grippy, with a firm core of fruit and a long, dense finish with tangible extract. Very good indeed.
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