November 6, 2021 - It's always amazing to come back to these First Growths, especially when they're showing this good. This was brought over by a guest at Burnt Ends and luckily a generous one. Deep garnet in the glass, still showing some youthful ruby hues on the rim. The nose feels like it's halfway there, as if there's 25 more years to go in this. A beautiful marriage of fresh fruit, oak and bottle aging notes. The body is full with so much energy remaining in it. Tannins are ripe, but not dusty like you would usually get in Bordeaux this old. The acidity is still kicking strong and is balanced perfectly with the alcohol. The tertiary notes really come out on the finish in the form of cigar box, fresh button mushrooms, smoked meat and dried red fruit. Amazing wine that will easily go for several more decades. If you think that this is at its peak, check your storing conditions.
October 20, 2021 - Excellent and clearly better than the bottle a year ago. Agree with some of the below comments that this benefits from an extensive decant. (Double) decanted at home for about 2:30h and took to restaurant, where the first small sip on arrival was still a bit tight, so we gave it another hour at the restaurant in the decanter and only then this showed really well. Wonderfully fresh and light on the layered nose, on the palate the typical Graves leafiness, some tobacco and leather is nicely integrated in the fruit already, everything is so nicely balanced. Beautiful wine. Decant for 3h+ to drink now, or hold.
October 15, 2021 - 48% Merlot 43% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Cabernet Franc
Medium bricked red color, opaque, compact rim. Still youthful looking.
Aromatics of literally a smoky bomb. Best part of this wine. Unlit tobacco leaves, interestingly some smoked weed scents, sweet charred cedary oak.
Round but still quite tannic. Medium to med plus acidity, dry. Classically ripe cassis and red cherry. Graphite and mineral. Forest floor, smoke filled mouthfeel sensation. Long and sumptuous finish.
Superb wine. Complex yet not excessive. Nimble and elegant. Exude quiet confidence. This is a great wine that does not bow to fad or fashion. Capable of evolving and revealing even more complexity. This is just the beginning of the secondary peak drinkability. The drinking window is wide open. I'd say a 10 year plateau lying ahead. But if you incline to pop one now, leave this in the decanter for at least 2 hours. It needs a lot of time to stretch and come out of its shell. 94+
September 25, 2021 - Decanted 30 minutes. Plums, iodine, light graphite and some thyme on the nose - has a little sois bois as well, showing its age. Palate is smooth, with some gentle tannic grip, light-medium acidity with plum fruits, some lavender stem, graphite and olive - a real savoury, leathery undertone to the wine. A really delightful and engaging wine - plenty of depth and character. This has clearly reached full maturity. Drink now.
September 13, 2021 - Private tasting with friends. One bottle, four wine geeks.
Perfect balance, but needed an hour to find together. Incredible freshness with red and dark fruit - and this cool graphite minerality contradicting the ripe silky tannins totally blowed my mind. This is not just power without weight, it´s the square of the circle.
August 25, 2021 - This has enterede matiuroity, drinking window wide opened; the wine has softnede somewhat. Plenty f sweet tobacco, black fruit, a silky exteriour and great length.
July 22, 2021 - Incredible wine. So smooth; perfect balance. Drinking very well after 26 years.
June 20, 2021 - Decanted 1hr15. Quite an intense nose with plums, blackberries, light notes of graphite and lavender. Palate has plenty of grip with light/medium tannins, fresh acidity and a backdrop of blackcurrant and garrigue. Perhaps lacking a little depth in mid range & showing the wine has reached full maturity. Drink now.
May 20, 2021 - Open for business now and drinking beautifully with classic flavors of sweet gravel, scorched earth and tobacco. Full-bodied and expansive on the finish which is loaded with complex notes of truffles, dark chocolate, char and spice. Perhaps not the finest vintage of HB but certainly one of the most delicious! Double-decanted 5 hours.
May 18, 2021 - Nose is a bit off puttting, wine has smoke up front, some nice fruit but a bit tannic, finish is ok.