First tasted in October 2002 when the nose was only really just beginning to open up. The quality and its ravishing opulence was instantly apparent. Clos and surly when tasted the following year. Then from a double magnum in May 2004. A pure Pauillac nose of pencil-lead and cedar - very fragrant and well-defined. The palate is more backward than the Pichon Baron. Well-knot, harmonious, elegant and minerally. Wonderful fresh acidity. Very similar to Lynch Bages 1989 but with more complexity and nuance. Superb. Drink from 2012. Finally in September 2004: a beautiful "Mouton" nose with pencil-lead, charcoal and green pepper. Very intense and reserved. The palate is quite tannic and masculine with good acidity. Still tight. Less weight than Latour or Margaux and lacks the complexity of Lafite 1989. But I have had better examples of Mouton 1989 that showed a more depth and complexity. Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Dominated by VA. Soy sauce, fermented chili paste, bing cherry comes out with time and warming.
Dominated by VA. Soy sauce, fermented chili paste, bing cherry comes out with time and warming.9.2
Only second to the 1998 we opened next - fantastic wine!
Only second to the 1998 we opened next - fantastic wine!9.2