Sometimes bottles are opened, well knowing it’s much too early…
Here is one : 2002 Pontet Canet, 375ml.
Cellared since release, opened 4 hours, no decant, sound cork, 2mm inked.
Color is dark purpur red, to the rim.
Aromas dominated by vanilla-oak, ripe blackberries and almond/marzipan.
Flavors are black sour cherries, vanilla, bitter-sweet dark chocolate, and a fairly long and sticky sugary aftertaste (-not a nice finish IMO).
-All complexity brutally dominated by the powers of fresh oak. -Some resemblance with a barrel-tasting.
For My taste, this is not nice right now, and I wonder when/if this will be a great mature wine, to drink with food ?
So different from the classic Bords from the eighties, -if I remember correctly from tasting them aged for 14 years.
This is an early Rolland wine (Consulting them from 1999), and I haven’t tasted any of these new-styled wines at mature yet ! -So only a guess, that this one needs 14 more years to cool the oak, and what will then remain ? I must admit there are plenty of dark fruit, but it’s also a tad ripe, so…
I’m always optimistic about aging big wines, and also often surprised and pleased, when the early predictions are proven wrong.
Further aging of weird-staged wine, can result in strong recoveries, and this 2002 is hopefully just in a very awkward stage right now.
It is a Pontet-Canet, -known to need the long cellaring.
02 can yield some delicious wines if not long lived or complex, but almost any oak can be too much for the wine to handle in this vintage. As someone who is ok with drinking lumber, I like it a touch better…
Martin, Your note on 2002 P-C, could have been mine, just in the short version.
“Sticks in the mouth”. -I agree. -Is it lacking the good acid ?
-And thx for the TN-link, including the 2002 Mouton TN.
I also got a case+ of 2002 Mouton R, and have drunk two btls, in 2008 and 2014, both times a fantastic pleasing wine. They got it so right this year. Not mature of course, but honest and seamless stuff. A true great 2002. Looking forward to the next, in a couple of years.