Rich, attractive, though this is pushing ripeness to the limit for Pessac. Greater concentration than earlier vintages, but I think I miss the open-knit Chateau Browns of less opulent vintages.
I suspect this change is as much to do with the Chateau as the vintage. I hope they don’t continue further on this path. They have done well but know risk losing regional typicité.
I don’t think I have tried Anjou Blanc before, though I have had many nearby Chenin Blancs.
This is a bit disappointing. Green acid dominates. Leave for 3 years at least.
St Emilion. 13.5%
Apparently between two top estates. Smokey approachable, surprisingly soft.
Surprisingly fresh and approachable for 2005. This seems to be the way with classed growths while some of the well reviewed minor wines still don’t seem to opened up – I’m beginning to think they never will.
I believe I have a case of this lost in my cellar so hopefully will get to try this over the next 20 years
Fine delicious claret. Still oaky. Yet should drink relatively earlier than similar weight vintages like 2004.
Hints of the richness of 2009 but disappointingly dilute.
Nice wine but if I’d cellared it for 25 years or so I’d be disappointed. Fairly robust structure still underpinned by acidity. Little in the way of delicious aged characters – just slowly fading.
Is this the vintage, 1986 had high Parker ratings but 1985 was always the classier vintage, less powerful but it has aged with grace. Perhaps not so for 1986? Or is it Haut-Bages Liberal?