March 4, 2019 - Sumptuous in the extreme; rich and deep yet light on its feet, with superb balance and integrity
Dark and plummy, ripe, opulent, and I WANT MORE.
February 22, 2019 - An intoxicating perfume of ripe berries, black truffles and kirsch.
So wonderfully smooth and rounded on the palate, it is like drinking liquid silk. Powerful but feminine, with a seamless finish.
Easily another 2 decades ahead.
Pure and sexy!
February 9, 2019 - Backward, this stubbornly youthful, potentially stunning wine is holding out. It takes at least 2-3 hours of air here before its purity of fruit, vibrant, floral, truffle and chocolate covered plums starts to shine. Powerful, concentrated and intense, it is going to take at least 5 more years in the cellar before this starts to pop.
January 1, 2019 - Bottle was flawed
December 31, 2018 - Great nose, distinctively Pomerol and restrained in the Trotanoy style. The palate isn't in harmony with the nose., it's pretty tight and unyielding. The rich food we're having helps that out a bit, but it's still a bit of a chore. This should be a great wine one day, but it'll take a while longer to get there, maybe 10 more years.
November 3, 2018 - These had 2 hours of air before getting into the glass and showed a super-potent dark plum, truffle, cedar, clay nose. Very big indeed and while immature, not really withholding. It's worth checking in on this if you have a bunch to see it in a young, vigorous stage. I would expect that it would be fun to see this in another 5 years and that it will really begin to approach its apogee in 10. I thought this was a nice way to set the tone for the vertical, including 98, 90, 86, 82, 81, 75, 71, 70.
November 3, 2018 - Nose: Beautiful deep plum fruit, blueberry, charcoal embers, truffle, cedar and slight caramel tones. Palate: Enters dense, but still tight showing a frame of ripe dark tannin right now with plump black cherry, plum and coffee/spice notes. Very youthful as expected. Finish: Exceptional length.
This has an extremely promising future. As we got into the older vintages you could really see how the layers might unfold as it develops a softer palate feel.
September 8, 2018 - One of the most youthful wines of the vintage, the wine remains an adolescent. Intense, concentrated, powerful and tannic, there is the structure to age for decades. Clearly this is loaded with layers of dense, ripe, black plums and all the truffles required for a sublime experience. But even at 20, this is not fully ready to go.
August 30, 2018 - Decanted for two hours but needed more. Drank over next two hours and second glass it started to show its stuff. Ripe Berries and some earth tones. Well structured in the glass with slow legs
Good delicious finish. I am glad I have more.
July 14, 2018 - Very ripe, very powerful wine. Tannic, but they're so polished and buried under so much fruit they really just sustain the finish. Maybe a touch of VA, which really isn't unwelcome in a wine this ripe. Smoky and earthy red and black fruit. Think dark cherry or black plums. Definitely a wine worth spending some time with over the course of an evening.
Would also note I think it's very sensitive to serving temperature. I tried a small glass after removing from the cellar and thought it was wonderful but in need of a little air. Poured into a decanter and then, about half an hour later, my wife poured herself a glass. She told me she found it raisiny and a little port-y. And she was dead on. The wine had opened up but also probably come up about 5-7F degrees despite the cool night. About 10 minutes before dinner, I poured the wine back into the bottle and dropped it into a bucket of ice. The wine snapped back into focus. Not blowsy, or raisiny or porty at all. It had sort of crossed back over a line.