November 23, 2019 - Commanderie de Bordeaux in The Hague, Netherlands; Pomerol tasting. Just a brief impression. (@ Residence of the French Ambassador.): Creamy dark berries, some toast, beautiful acidity and round but tannin. Try around 2025+ 93+
October 22, 2019 - 75 Years of Zachys (DC) (LongView Gallery Washington DC): A rocking pomerol. Best of the high power trio of the Evangeline and Conseillante at this stage. Just bigger and bolder and more in my wheelhouse.
September 12, 2019 - Deep ruby/ crimson. Darker fruit on the nose, earthy must, wood, some plum and red licorice. Med+ body, med- acid and tannins already refined and not drying. Some slate and a touch of bitterness and cream on the finish. Again darker fruits on the palate with a hint of herbal notes, cocoa. Beautiful texture and finely balanced. I wouldn't be upset drinking it now but hopefully it will show more as it ages.
January 17, 2019 - Guys Night Out: Bring Something You've Never Had (Jason P's, St. Paul, MN): Very dark red with a purple hue. PNP, poured into glasses and followed over 2 hours. The idea here was to see a young Bordeaux wine. Well, it was pretty much as expected for me. Very, very, very young, green, big, black and blue fruits, drying tannins,, some heat. Not ready, not sure a decant, unless the day before would have made much difference. No score.
January 7, 2019 - DOUBLE BLIND CHAMLIJA VERSUS BORDEAUX 2015 TASTING (CHAMLIJA WINERY): Olgun siyah meyve aromalari, fume notlar, damakta canli ve taze bir yapisi var, caramel, aging aromalari develop etmis, meyve biraz geride kalmis.
December 29, 2018 - young/ plummy nose / soft tannins but understated/ better in few years
October 31, 2018 - Tasted blind. Deep ruby, minimal rim variation. Medium- intensity, ripe black fruit - blackberry, plum, black cherry; violets, earth, new oak (baking spices, vanilla), chocolate/cocoa, a hint of bell pepper. Med tannin, med acidity, med alcohol. Balanced, med+ complexity, loooong finish. Velvety smooth, beautiful wine, with just enough structure to keep it interesting.
October 22, 2018 - A classic from Château Clinet, the 2015 Pomerol delivers gorgeous aromatics of ripe blackberries and black currants woven together with exotic spices, violets, espresso and mineral nuances all take shape. Deep and concentrated this impresses with its polished texture and remarkable overall structure. This continues to impress with its wonderful overall balance and precision though the long, expansive finish. This is a utterly compelling wine which has an incredibly bright future ahead.
September 14, 2018 - Decanted 3 hours.The nose was not terribly inspiring,over oaked and overdone.Same on the palate,over oaked,light-bodied,almost thin,with poor fruit and a lot of bitterness on the finish…… we couldn't even finish the bottle !
This is a 130$ wine,that famous wine critics have rated 99,97,96 points !
Different batches ???? Which would be unacceptable !
Such a huge disappointment and a really,really,really,poor showing !
September 4, 2018 - This is a huge, masculine wine. Young for sure but extremely structured. Doesn't give anything up easily. Very restrained and closed even after 2 hours of decanting. Definitely smoky nose. Fresh and balanced mouthfeel. Slightly carbonic. Some blue flower notes - violet, and lavender.
I have a hard time getting my head around this wine. It is young so only judging its potential. But this is not a typical Pomerol. It's big, powerful, voluptuous. Distinctly Clinet. This will need 10 years to get "civilized" and (personally) 20 to realize its full potential. It's an amazing wine in the making but you would be wasting good juice to pop the cork any earlier. Tasted at the Chateau with the generous Mr. Ronan Laborde. 91++