November 22, 2021 - 13% alcohol. The cork breaks up at the extraction stage, but this is probably due to the short screw (my mistake for choosing this particular tool). Fairly dark hue all the way to the rim.
The nose is superb with dark fruit, some leather and a very subtle raisiny component. Equally good in the mouth with a perfect balance between grip, fruit, liveliness and poise. No direct oak in evidence, and the tannins are there only as a pleasant memory.
So much better than the Brane-Cantenac 2002 that I had yesterday !
Fine to drink now but with potential to improve over the next five years, and then last another ten.
Over the years, I have tended to see this property as playing second fiddle to Malartic-L, but frankly this wine is worthy of top billing.
October 31, 2021 - Drank over to days. Just ok first day. Second day much better. Keep.
October 19, 2021 - Classic left-bank style Bordeaux and great value; mix of red and black fruits, leather, iodine, meaty, soft tannins. In a good drinking window now. @finewine.explorer
August 21, 2021 - We drank this one over 2 days. Best on day 2, so in need of a decant, and wonderfull with food (omelet in our case). Standalone less good, still a bit tight and tannic.
July 17, 2021 - Dark fruits, sun burned, prunes, tannins melted. Not very complex. Drink now.
February 7, 2021 - 13% alcohol. CS 65%, M 32% PV 3%. Pretty good longish cork with no wine penetration. Decanted an hour ahead. The colour is deep with very little sign of ageing.
The nose shows dark fruit, a fair dose of harmonious oak and definite (if fleeting) smoky aromas; vg complexity here. The mouth is vigorous, due in no small part to healthy balancing acidity; good grip too, although the tannins are resolved. There is a good mixture of fruit and tertiary flavours, including tobacco and that smokiness again; if I have a criticism it is that the alcohol protrudes slightly at times (that's Merlot for you...).
Still a very satisfying Pessac, with a good deal of class, and perfect with lamb (no surprise there).
This wine used to be pretty cheap, being regarded by most (myself included) as the underdog to Malartic-Lagravière, but prices have begun to increase significantly, probably justifiably.
Plenty of life ahead.
October 11, 2020 - 13% alcohol. CS 65%, M 32%, PV 3%. Very good cork, just above average in length. Decanted an hour ahead. Deep colour without noticeable fading at the edge of the rim.
The nose is rich with ripe (not over-ripe) dark berries. The mouth is deeply satisfying with excellent depth and plenty of zip; certainly there is oak here, and it lends a measure of opulence to the experience, but is well judged and does not intrude directly. Whatever tannins are left are of the soft variety, and they lend grip to the wine.
As good a Bordeaux as one can drink without spending silly money; just glorious and way above its status.
September 18, 2020 - Dark garnet. Plum bouquet with spice. Medium bodied, good complexity, fully resolved tannins and medium final.
April 25, 2020 - Opened and tasted. Quite flat. Decanted for 1 hour.
Eye: deep purple. Nose: berries, smoke, slight vanilla. Palate: tannins still evident, more open than sip after opening, fruitbbsry subtle, elegant and medium to long finish. Holding up well. Out under vacuum overnight and tried again the next day and opened up slightly further with more notes of cassis.
April 11, 2020 - Étonnant car astringence assez soutenue!
Belle couleur orangée et très belle longueur !