Very good right now. A medium bodied effort where the elegance is coming through with black fruit, licorice and tobacco. It needed some time to open up and was significantly better day 2. Ready to drink but should hold well over next decade.
From 75cl, bottle not moved since delivery as subscription purchase, perfect cork. Decanted 90 minutes. Promising cedar and blackcurrant scent on decanting the best part. This was rather green, underripe, thin, tannic and forbidding; best after 3 hours. My guess is this should hit a sweet spot in about 2-3 years when the remaining grippy tannins melt, and hold well for some time after that. It'll never be a great wine, or as rich as the ripest 2002 super seconds (Lynch Bages). 90P at peak (in 2018?)
One of those bottles that's finished quicker than you expect. 7th bottle in 4 years. In 2012 it was a little bitter and over extracted. A pointe in 2014 with well integrated blackcurrant. Always very long and persistent. The fruit is now starting to recede and develop secondary flavours of liquorice and smoke. Still plenty of tannic backbone. Drink now. Right now!
Everyone speaks ill of the 2002 bdx vintage. Wasn't it rainy and cold and produced watery and tannic wines? Yet I haven't had a bad one yet! This 13 year old wine is just singing right now. Fruit has mostly receded into the background, and we are left with pencil leather and dust, but also some blackberry. Still tannic, but the right level. Drink now or in 10 years.
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(Leoville-Poyferre) This was excellent with soaring aromas of mint, leather, cassis and tar. Crunchy and ripe in the mouth with nice richness but not much complexity. Alot of material in the wine and will take many years to come around.