February 9, 2020 - No decanting here. Just a pop and pour was all that was needed to bring the flowers, baked cherry, kirsch, spice box, herb and green olive aromatics. Silky, soft, fresh sweet and tart cherries with a strong note of olive tapenade and cocoa in the finish. This is not as good as it was a few years ago. If you are sitting on any bottles, you should consider drinking this sooner than later.
January 19, 2020 - superb again, had alongside the '89 (another of my past favorites) and the '78... 90 was classic but elegant grenache / Mourvedre blend with super fruit and less secondary stuff -- age has made this elegant but not so much spicy... the '89 was funky when opened, then 45 mins later was just as good but with more character / spice and less purplish fruit, the '78 was understated and while nice, it was a little washed out next to the two greats of '89 and '90... I suspect the '78 was much better ten years ago
January 3, 2020 - Dinner w/Matt and Katie at Bistro les Amis in NYC, great spot for casual French and corkage friendly. This was one of my contributions for the evening. Cork came out relatively clean, decanted for about 30 minutes, drank over course of the evening.
Consistent with prior notes:"Faded purple/plum color, cloudy. Took the nose about 15 minutes to show. Old raspberry and black cherry on the nose. Palate showing dusted cherry, pomegranate, rhubarb, plums. Classic CdP baking spice in the mid palate..." Adding...Medium weight, nicely perfumed wine. Delicate and elegant wine, baking spice and plum through the mid palate.
Really spectacular showing on this evening. We drank this next to a 2003 Beaucastel CdP - fun to compare the older elegant 1990 with the fruit forward/sexy 03. Nothing to not like at this point, well stored bottles have more time in them but it wont likely improve...
December 25, 2019 - Last bottle from a case. Fascinating tertiary aromas. Completely resolved. Proof that I prefer these with 15-20 years of age rather than 30.
December 24, 2019 - I opened two bottles for this tasting. Both bottles were in excellent condition but the cork looked essentially brand new on one (both authentic). This wine had a deep red center and tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed black cherries, anise, soil, and plums.
In the mouth, the first bottle was nice but a bit firm. The bottle with the better cork was sweeter and better integrated. Both bottles had a reasonably long finish.
If you have read my other reviews, you know that I favor relatively long decants. This wine seemed to do a bit better with a shorter decant, say maybe and hour or so. There was clearly bottle variation here and, in general, it is time to drink up.
December 20, 2019 - Still a pretty good wine, but it seemed more concentrated 6+ years ago. JMO.
December 1, 2019 - From a magnum, this wine is still lovely and has nice balance and rounded tannin. However, I see a clear trend here where it is losing its red fruit and becoming a touch more rustic.
I love aged wine and this wine has been excellent in the past. However, I now believe this is headed in the wrong direction. Drink up.
November 12, 2019 - A great specimen. Funk funk and more funk. A meaty almost visceral flavor on the palate and nose. A pleasure at this stage. Good acidity left.
October 22, 2019 - Cosnistent with my notes of 12-13-15 - "Blackberry, black cherry, roasted meat, saddle leather, tobacco, peppercorn, a little bret, some Provencal herbs, spice, touches of bacon fat and cigar box." The wine was a little better in my earlier tastings, but still a good wine.
October 12, 2019 - I bought this wine "en primeur", lost it in a house fire and was able to replace the case. I now have just three bottles left.
Double-decanted and poured it straight away, to allow it to evolve and open in the glass.
Mature, pale brick colour, but no sign of browning.
The intense nose combines deep bouquet of cured meat, cedar, mushroom and gentle spices with some still bright red fruit.
Palate is developed, umami, earthy flavour, sous-bois and gentle cooked cherries, melon (brett). Finishes long and fresh.
I have to say, this is my perfect wine.