Blanquito may call for another five years, but I think this wine is just starting to enter its drinking window. Sure, it’s still young, but an hour of decanting did wonders. As so often in solid years, this is pure, text-book Pauillac. Cassis, Number 2 elementary school pencil, cigar box and dry earth. Gorgeously pure fruit on the palate, really excellent range from ripe dark fruits to tart berry fruits, giving the wine a rounded, lifted feel, if that makes sense. Excellent depth on the palate. A moderately powerful wine, tannins resolving, caressing finish. Delicious, but more upside with time.
As an aside, I just checked out CT notes, and was amused to see Leve’s take on this wine. Our notes are close to identical, as is our score. Goes to show the convergence of tastes when it comes to classic Bordeaux. Classic never goes out of style. Jeff has a great write-up on his site on the long history of this esteemed Chateau. Check it out.
It is rustic. But Robert likes rustic more than most… Hence my 93 Pts, instead of higher marks. Should you wish to see my note, use the link in the thread. The wine is not likely to soften, it is always going to have that character, but it will gain additional nuances with more time.
I don’t think it’s rustic at all, just crisp and structured rather than “big” and deep. But I think it’s elegant.
I had this two years ago and it was too young on the palate, although the nose was great. Glad it is coming around now.
The 1995 is the best GPL for current drinking for my taste. Really excellent. But the 2005, which is still way too young, might end up best of all
If GPL is elegant, how do you describe Pichon Lalande?
I must admit that while I like both GPL and Pichon Lalande, I don’t think of either (or any other Pauillac) as being really that elegant. Bordeaux, generally, to me is a more powerful and less elegant wine, but even within Bordeaux I think of some of the wines of Margaux and Pessac-Léognan as being the more elegant Bordeauxs.