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Community Tasting Notes (11) Avg Score: 97.1 points

  • When the old man at the winery I hang out at sometimes in Woodinville told me he was popping and to meet him in the grotto with cheese I looked at him like he was crazy and told him you should wait 10 years but he simply replied "Wait".

    Decanted into a decanter for 1.5 and drank a Caymus selection 1996, dinner was ready poured my first glass and words cannot express what I discovered. Every bite of the lamb evaporated into a forest of ripe warm love. I cant even explain it....98

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  • The explosive nose grabs your focus with truffles, dried flowers, spice, black plum, black salt, mocha, gunpowder, and mint. The wine is full-bodied, powerful, concentrated, rich and intense. The wine is seamless as it enters its expansive, dark red berry and cocoa finish. Lingering over 60 seconds, the purity, length and intensity is off the hook. Drink from 2025-2070.

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  • 6 Vintages Le Pin vs Petrus vs Lafleur vs Other Pomerol: All wines tasted single blind, not decanted. Served in 6 vintage flights with a alternating 4th Pomerol added to every flight. A few observations: 1) Le Pin handily won this tasting, for me (4 out of 6 vintages at 96/97 pts) and the consensus. Made in a charming way, with loads of perfectly integrated, luxurious oak-derived notes, this wines drink well young and works very well in a larger tasting like this were you can’t follow the wines over an evening. Complex, round, intense, sexy yet elegant. 2) Lafleur came in second, despite mostly only hinting at its potential with very high complexity, it’s wonderful, typical herbal and earthy notes, all embedded in an impeccable, light structural frame. But they need time. 3) Most vintages of Petrus underperformed tonight (all below 95 pts). They would have needed more time to open up and come together. 4) 2009/10 vintages are great and unsurprisingly got the highest scores, 2008 confirmed it status as a Bdx vintage that is excellent to drink today. More information/rankings in the tasting story.

    TN: Medium+ expressive nose with ripe dark red fruit, herbs, some minerality. At first a bit shy, with time slightly more open but the others in the flight definitely had a more expressive and intriguing nose than this Lafleur. On the palate, however, this is superb: so floral and light, so soft and finely red fruited, with minerality and an herbal component perfectly measured to complement the picture. Very precise. Round and sensual, highly elegant with very fine tannins, weightless feel but with the perfect creaminess. Fresh and light. Got more expressive and slightly more complex with time but it became obvious with every minute that this wine would have been much better with a longer decant or much more time to follow it. Finley laced and superb. 95 pts. Consistent with a bottle two years ago (96 pts).

    Decanting: At least 3 hours, potentially even more would be best, in my opinion. Better wait another decade or two.

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  • Petrus vs. Le Pin vs. Lafleur 2004-2011, blind (Fribourg): Beautiful nose here, fresh with dark cherry, cola, underbrush. Wow, soft and succulent on the palate, still with some unresolved dry extract but really deep and complex. A wow wine. 98-100

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  • Pétrus vs Lafleur vs Le Pin (Fribourg): 6 vintage face-off (2006-2011) Pétrus vs Lafleur vs Le Pin vs alternating Pomerol pirate. The wines were served in vintage flights of 4 and not decanted. Main observations were: 1/ Le Pin knocked it out of the park coming in first in 4 out of 6 vintages while Pétrus came in last with not a single vintage win (Lafleur came in best in two off-vintages, 2006 and 2008), 2/ The best overall vintage was 2009 (runner-up 2010) while 2006 came in last (scoring range 85-92), 3/ best bottle was Le Pin 2009 (99), followed by Pétrus 2010 and Le Pin 2010 (98 each), 4/ best pirate was Clos L’Eglise 2009 (97). List of wines per score included in the tasting story.

    Tasting note:
    Beautifully sculped ripe red fruit with elements of plum and maybe even fresh fig. Clearly extracted but in a great way. Iron-like minerality and fine undertones of wet earth and sautéed mushroom. Immensely fresh with electric acidity, lots of tension and showing impeccable balance. Great in its purity, even if very young. I think this could develop into the high 90ies given another 5-10 years in the bottle easily! Made a similar observation 2 years ago.

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