Dark, bright, lively Cornas. With some meaty aromas very typical of Cornas But fresher acidity than expected. This has a lot going for it, in an authentic not blockbuster style. Very much a vineyard wine. Leave for another 3 years at least.
First bottle slightly corked – returned to retailer.
Both consumed together over 2 days.
Ferriere is very attractive but not in the same league as the 2000, less energy and intensity of flavour.
Palmer is marked by obvious but not heavy marcaptan. It’s a rich soft Burgundian style which I believe is not untypical of Palmer.
Palmer did not show well against a far cheaper rival.
Luscious in the 2005 soft acid ripe grape style. Attractive now although needs another 5 years to build complexity. Personally I prefer tighter more elegant vintages. But it is very useful to be able to enjoy this so early.
Dark, dense, sleek. Modern in a good sense but perhaps a tad extracted though I doubt thus will matter in the long run. And this has a long run in-front of it.
UPDATE (Aug, 2013) – this is really starting to develop complexity. It doesn’t typify the vintage, it’s a little too big and extracted for that, but it’s turning delicious not just impressive. My esteem for Chateau Giscours moves up a notch.
Characterful but oxidized. This chateau produces better red than white.
Margaux, Bordeaux. 12.5%
Raw young claret with tannin, ripe flavours but without any juiciness. New raw French oak, no caramel.
It’s not unreasonable to expect this to improve greatly but it has little charm at present. Lacks fruit.
This 2nd growth has performed below this level for many years. It’s now supposed to be improving. I don’t see anything here yet at 2nd growth level.
Margaux, Bordeaux, France. 13%
One of the few Margaux cru bourgeois. Slightly muddy yet fresh too. Starting to drink now but quite dense. If they could clean up the wine making a tad then this would be quite flash.