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Community Tasting Notes (183) Avg Score: 90.7 points

  • Dark ruby garnet color turning amber at the rim with a transparent edge. The nose gives off high octane aromas of smoky dark berries with old leather, iodine and forest floor. The palate is medium-to-full-bodied with a velvety texture and medium acidity to balance the ripe blackberry, dark raspberry fruit. There’s a solid mid palate that introduces secondary flavors of black olives, dark chocolate, and espresso notes coming through to a heightened finish with hints of eucalyptus and scorched earth. Drink now until 2028. 92+

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  • Tenth bottle from a full case purchased in 2005. Pristine, perfect level, perfect cork. Decanted for two hours. I don't decant as often as I used to, but this felt a bit thin on opening and I thought it might flesh out a bit with some oxygen. It didn't. Aromatically it is perfectly alright on the nose, but on the palate and on the finish it remains thin and a bit raw. It's not TCA (not even low-level I would have thought), but the lack of generosity is quite marked and inconsistent with previous notes. I will put it down to the bottle variation which cbuhlman recently noted too. Not rated.

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  • flash decant
    heavy sediment.
    Soft and sweet dark fruits with smoke and cigar box. Savory low toned style, far from "racy" with a lingering medium weight finish.
    These bottles seem to have some variation from one to the next, but all good nonetheless
    historically, I put this wine in a wide range of 88-92

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  • Contrary to my expectations in 2017, the wine held well (or better bottle now ?) : delicious and fine !
    It‘s a classic northern medoc at its best and will accompany all dark meats with maximum effect.
    I can‘t imagine this one to get any better yet. But maybe stays a couple of years on this level ?

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  • Well, I was spot on, on the five year wait last time. This was fantastic. Absolutely singing. From the dark fruited nose to the rich, lush texture and the long finish. What a difference five years make. It is as if it came together and the core is much better now. Everything feels in balance. If there were more tertiaries, I'd score this higher but it does feel like it is almost at peak maturity.
    My luck with '03 Bordeux is finally changing!

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