January 7, 2019 - Followed over 2 nights. Seemingly in early maturity with fine tannins with a stately profile. Classic bdx profile with black fruits, cassis, leader and cedar spice notes. Nice aromatics, though the palate and finish were a bit “four square”. Could still use a little more time but approachable now.
November 25, 2018 - Drunk at my 50th. Not sure what happened here, it never really came alive. I think it's an off bottle, I hope it's not reflective of my others.
October 10, 2018 - Tasted over two nights, this is surprisingly youthful for a wine more than 15 years old. First taste was with an hour open, and it was still rather monolithic. It took another hour of air for things to unfold, and then the wine showed as a textbook, classic classified growth, left bank wine. Dark cassis and blackberry fruit, hints of cedar and pencil shavings, and subtle herb tones were framed by substantial, yet balanced tannins. On night two it showed nearly exactly as on night one, allowing for the slight degree of oxidation from the extra 24 hours. A few hours in a decanter make this a very pleasurable wine to drink now, but five or more years make sense. Classy stuff that fits what I look for in Bordeaux.
October 10, 2018 - From memory: Very fragrant and classy right out of the gates, showing generous dark berry fruit, spice and earthy tones. The fragrance continues on throughout the palate, where the medium-framed body is backed by moderate tannins that expanded their reach over a couple hours. With air this revealed notes of cedar and subtle graphite. Despite being 17 years post-vintage, this still showed youthful, with no sign of bricking or slowing down. I’d give this a minimum of five more years before approaching. Quintessential St. Julien.
June 3, 2018 - Decanted for 1 hour. There is black fruit on the nose, earth and creme de casis mid palate with late coffee notes. The tannin are moving in the correct direction. Definitely enjoyable now, but can't wait to try again in 5 or 10 years to see where its gone.
May 17, 2018 - Very disappointing. Minimal flavor, texture, depth....especially disappointing after being cellared since purchase.
April 27, 2018 - Primary with lots of fruit, structure and potential. Young and expressive. Blackcurrants, blueberries, cedar, leather, lead pencil and eucalyptus on the nose. Rough tannins, great acidity, big mouthfeel. Great wine, but a little tight at this stage. The potential is undisputable, but after this bottle I would say "Wait ten more years!". A wine that will give a lot of pleasure in the future.
April 14, 2018 - 1st of 12 (+6 mags), decanted an hour, perfect cork and level - darkish ruby, purple rim, young; primary cassis, hint of graphite and cedar, very slightly green, classy if not as yet particularly complex; medium, long, decent balance, not particularly assertive, persistent or concentrated, LLC class though, backward and needs time. Should be at least F+ (18)........opened on strength of reviews below and wish I'd followed my instincts and held on for a couple of years as LLC usually is behind others in starting to show well. simply baffled by anyone who thinks a wine so young is past its prime, even allowing for storage variation. If true, it can only be a duff bottle!
March 7, 2018 - In beautiful place and really opened with each decanter poor. Pretty aromas of black earthy fruits and violets. Nice silky rich texture with wonderful purity of fruit. Good structure indicates long life ahead, but gives serious pleasure now.
February 1, 2018 - Past it’s prime