May 20, 2019 - 30 min decant. Impressive nose of blackberry with some nice secondary elements. Similar on the palate. Elegant with good balance, low acidity, gentle tannins on the finish. Great overall and drinking very well now.
January 27, 2019 - Good balance. Drinking well now.
October 12, 2018 - Good, but not great. Loved the 2010. This one took a bit...about 90 min...to open. Then released a bouquet of plum, peppermint and cinnamon, pipe tobacco clove and oak. Pleasant mouthfeel, balanced fruit and tannins, low to med acidity, with signature PL chalkiness. The finish doesn’t linger, though.
October 2, 2018 - Once opened, an aroma of oak, black currants, and tobacco fills the nose. On first sip, a wonderfully dark and rich Bordeaux. After decanting for a few hours, the wine became smoother with additional cherries and plums on the palate. A great everyday Bordeaux and well worth the money.
August 31, 2018 - Enjoyed over three days. I very much appreciated the traditional purity and rusticity of this wine. With many Bordeaux houses having gone full out internationally styled, or leaning that way, this wine delivers a pleasant reminder of all the finest hallmarks of old school Bordeaux. Blackcurrant is the principal fruit, and this wine of the earth also features strong Cabernet Sauvignon markers, root vegetables, cedar, black farm soil, and strapping Graves terroir, including robust charred earth elements. Balanced, deeply satisfying, and made for food. Still evolving, and likely to continue for several years. It should last through 2028. A 91 point offering on a great day, and 90 points on all others.
August 27, 2018 - Very nice and relatively inexpensive Bordeaux from Pessac Leognan. Well balanced, just a bit fruit forward, with balanced acidity and modest tannins. I think this is beginning to reach its peak drinking period, although it should continue to improve for a couple of years.
August 26, 2018 - Good wine, ready to drink...
June 5, 2018 - Great for an every day Bordeaux. Very smooth. Great flavor. Well worth the money.
May 15, 2018 - My best bottle of this to date.
On opening I wasn't too excited, having a couple glasses over the course of an hour or so. The smoky oak and plumminess stood out, and it seemed a bit low on acidity.
I didn't really expect the amount of development shown on day two.
However, it turned into a moderately complex and well balanced wine, with black cherry, a bit of cassis and plum, with no overt oakiness, smooth tannins, and sufficient acidity to carry it through. The finish was short and pleasant.
April 3, 2018 - Tobacco, berry, cedar.... elegant wine. It's like meeting a hot, lively girl with red dress in a forest