Purple in color. The nose has cherries, black cherries, slight chocolate and cedar. On the palate, this is still not at peak but drinking very well. Layers of black cherries, cherries, earth and spice. Nice texture. Good finish. This is a nice value for top (not the very top) Bordeaux. Still some upside for this wine as well as it matures. Better with food. There is plenty of fruit though.
Pop and pour and consumed over two nights. Much better on night 2. I know many people say 2003 was such a warm vintage that the wines are already mature. That might be true, but this one's best days are still to come. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, graphite, cedar, and smoked cigar. On the palate, this is full bodied with medium tannins. Lush cassis and black cherry fruit layered with forest floor, damp earth and tobacco. Tightly layered. Long finish. This is delicious but very much from Bordeaux a
This is drinking youthfully but quite nice right now. Purple in color. The nose has cherries, dark cherries, chocolate and cigar tobacco. On the palate, this has a lovely lush texture. Lots of fruit; black cherries, some cherries with a bit of earth. There is some oak but mostly integrated. Light tannins. Nice very smooth finish. Drinking very well, it works well with food. There may be some upside as it develops but I think mostly this is as good asa it gets.
Golden in color. The nose has orange peel and honey. Just gorgeous. On the palate, this is amazing. The orange peel carries thru along with some orange and apricot. Great acidity that cuts thru the sweetness. It is sweet, just right. Complex and deep. Long, long finish. Drinking quite well right now, but no hurry. Just a lovely wine.
Lots to say about this wine, but first, why it was opened. My friend Chris is about to retire. Way back in 1986 or so, Chris was convinced to spend $30 for a 375ml bottle of this wine. Since that time, he has waited for the right special occasion to open the bottle. Luckily for me (since I din't meet Chris until around 2010), this bottle is known to maturing at a glacial pace. He has moved all around the world waiting for the right time and place. My wife and I had dinner at Chris's home before he leaves town and goes to spend his retirement in Cape Cod. Chris opened the wine. What
This had been decanted for an hour or so. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is dusty with cherries. On the palate, slight tannins. Tart cherries. Some complexity. Seems to be nearing but not quite at peak. Nice with food.
Deep golden in color. The nose has canned peaches and simple syrup. On the palate, this is a bit cloying. It is good, but lacks the acidity that the better vintages have. Sugary apricots. A bit clipped on the finish. That said, it is also delicious if you are just having a sip or two. Very rich.
Deep golden in color. The nose is nice with slight canned peaches and apricots. On the palate, this has a nice acidity. Nice apricot and peach notes. depth and complexity. Long finish. This is entering a peakish period but no hurry on this at all.
Purple in color, ruby at the rim. Clear and bright. The nose has black cherries but also some barnyard stink. This only partially blew off with air. On the palate, this has cherries, cherry juice, slight black cherries and layers of damp earthy forest floor. Still has some tannins. This certainly is at peak at best and probably a bit past but not too far. There is a nice complexity and still fruit left. I would drink these over the next five to ten years depending how you like your Bordeaux. For my wallet, this house usually over delivers albeit not at the top level of Bordeaux eit
Purple in color. Ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with cherries and cedar. Some spice. On the palate, there are medium tannins. Plenty of cherry fruit. A bit of earthy funk. This has a good complexity. Showing far better than I might have expected from the vintage or the second label status. Good finish. Seems to have plenty of life left. Not sure if it improves but might gain some complexity.