August 27, 2019 - No notes but from memory, delicious on this night.
August 7, 2019 - This is very similar to my note of 8 months ago, and the wine is showing great consistency, and it has a structure to stay at its best for a decade. It has an aromatic nose of cherry, plum and cedar, with hints of spice appearing in the last months. On the palate it is not necessarily typical of the vintage of the left bank with quite a robust tannic profile, and whilst not up there with the top St Julians and St Estephes from the year, it is still the best example of the estate drinking at the moment, and is easily out drinking the 2000. It has excellent balance on the palate and finish, if lacking a little depth. This does benefit from extended aeration, and this had 6 hours in an open decanter.
July 17, 2019 - Coravin. Deep ruby with minimal to no bricking; medium-high intensity nose, cedar, blackberry, eucalyptus, slight mineral freshness; palate is full bodied, still prominent medium-plus tannins, black fruit through the midpalate but fades prior to the finish, medium acidity; medium length finish. Not quite as strong as my bottle 2 years ago, but I'm not sure it has peaked either. Maybe needs more air. 90
July 13, 2019 - Tasting blind, guessed left bank Bordeaux, ~10 years old. I’m not sure why I was so wrong on the vintage, because in retrospect this wine was open and ready to drink with appropriate tannins. I loved this wine‘s classic combination of cassis, fermented plum, and resin / cigars. I liked the moderate mouthfeel with good ripeness, modest acidity, and balanced tannins. I support drinking now, but there is no rush.
July 6, 2019 - Fourth of July Weekend (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark red/purple color. PNP, 2 oz pour. Lots of dark fruits, graphite on the palate, dusty tanins. A little reticent on the nose though it opens up more, the palate is good to go, really pretty fruits in an evenhanded style.
July 6, 2019 - Mixed Bag at Kevin's (Minneapolis, MN): Really not a big fan of this wine. Very dry and features earth, walnuts, dark currants and leather. Not sure how much better this will get over time. 88-90.
May 13, 2019 - Bu avec les fouduvins du chapitre de Sherbrooke lors de notre dégustation mensuelle au resto AVV La Suite de Sherbrooke.
Encore jeune et fringant.
Nez sur les fruits noirs murs et le cuir.
En bouche, c’est ample et le fruit est bien senti, des mures et des cerises avec
Des tanins granuleux sur une finale assez longue qui donne
Des relents de minéraux.
May 12, 2019 - This was ready to go right after opening, as the tannins are fully resolved and silky. The fruit is fairly forward for Bordeaux and it did not have much power or structure, but it is still well balanced and quite enjoyable to drink. This follows my experience with other 03's. Probably in its sweet spot right now.
May 10, 2019 - Drinking really well. Wonderfully integrated tannins and fruit. Silky.
April 28, 2019 - Superb. The aroma and flavor profiles are near perfect to my tastes. I love the blend of plum, oil cured olives, and cedar forest, the clarity of the flavors (no murky muddiness), and the fluidity of the mouthfeel. Everything is in tune for drinking now. While the finesse is great, the lack of power prevents this from being a 95-100 point wine for me.