February 16, 2020 - Full breath 2 hours is a must
February 14, 2020 - Aromatique similaire au Montrose 2003 au début, sans la profondeur.
Un joli vin élégant, fumé, tout en finesse. Il fut le préféré des dames!
February 1, 2020 - Good, solid Bdx. I think this is on its plateau now. But I wish there was a bit more to it. Dark, solid, smokey fruit with good oak. But falls just a bit flat. Drinking young now, or hold for 10-15 years.
January 4, 2020 - This was terrific and benefited from a 2 hour decant. Terrific balance between the fruit and tannins. It can hold for longer but why wait? Drank from the magnum at NY eve.
December 10, 2019 - Drank at busy dinner party so no formal tasting note. Still alive and kicking for those that like old school savory Bordeaux.
Lots of earth, spice, leather and vanilla.
This vintage has a reputation for being "cooked" given the heat wave but no evidence of that here. Likely the cooling effect of the river, but who knows.
I would drink up!
November 29, 2019 - nice wine...similar to prior bottle
November 8, 2019 - 4th of 12, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level, consistent with my previous notes, graceful and cool for an 03 with secondaries starting to develop, scope for further development over next 10 years. F (17.5).
November 8, 2019 - Great Bordeaux drinking quite well at this point. Still fresh with nice balance. Fruit and earth come together nicely. Popped and poured without any problem. No need to wait; this is in a great spot right now.
October 12, 2019 - Very perfumed - black fruits, flowers and liquorice on the nose. Palate of black fruits, liquorice, cedar. Full bodied, rich and dense. This was still tight and improved after some decanting. Velvety tannins. Ok to open now but I believe this is 2-3 years to its prime.
September 22, 2019 - Deep ruby color with no signs of lightening after 14 or so years in the bottle.
Pronounced and evolved aromas of black fruits , vanilla and spice. the aromas are evolved but not in any way faded or "jammy" as is sometimes found in this vintage.
The palate is the most impressive part of this wine. Full bodied with the tannins resolved and just enough acidity to keep things fresh.
Decanted the bottle prior to dinner and when polishing the wine off afterwards (say 1.5 hours) the palate was reminiscent of a Washington State or Napa Cab- obviously atypical for this cuvee.
Great example from this vintage. This will likely keep another 5 years +, but why wait....