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Community Tasting Notes (43) Avg Score: 90.9 points

  • Saturday evening in Singapore, pairing it with a sirloin steak. No decanting, and need to remove the cork carefully as it starts to crumble. Deep ruby Color. A waft of blueberries, red cherry, muscat, white pepper, mushroom, a little bit of truffles as well. Initially a little vinagre note but it disappeared after 10 min. Med acidity, Med body, Med alcohol, Med flavor intensity, Med tannins and Med finish. Quite nice red cherry taste, a bit of an underlying green note, pepper and spice, the vegetal green notes lingering a bit longer. Given the nice acidity, it is actually still in a reasonable drinking window but time to drink. Given the silkyness of the tannins as well as the nice balance it is Maybe better to pair with a lighter dish, it was perfect with the cheese plate. After the fact / finishing of the bottle I actually think a short decant - say one hour - would have been beneficial.

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  • Method: blind; red wine glass

    Look: medium+ garnet; a lot of medium-fast legs

    Nose: serrano pepper, blueberry, strawberry, cigar box, forest floor, tobacco

    Palate: cherry, sour cherry, graphite, cedar; medium- finish of dried herbs, cedar, leather; dry; medium- body; medium acidity; high- drying tannin

    Overall thoughts: Fairly balanced and a bit of nice complexity, but I don't love the flavor and the tannin is higher than I prefer. I did enjoy this, but it certainly didn't impress me.

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  • Very disapointing, in particularly in view of the vintage. Very dark, nose of brett and barnyard. Dark fruit on the palate, some tar notes paired with a herbal touch. The fruit is quite hollow in the middle, and the chateau should not be proud of this effort.

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  • Blind
    I went for 96 lynch bages. Still fresh and with primary notes. Powerful with silky tannins. Peak for at least one more decade. 94

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  • Ripe plum, cassis and some smokey notes. Good overall balance and smooth tannins. Very enjoyable - drink up now or within the next 5-8 years.

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