Bouquet is ripe. Lots of pencil, dried cassis and licorice, some leather, bit of coffee bean.
Palate shows balanced, classy, with lots of grainy tannins, that will show slight bitter, roasted and complex on the palate – like an intense, excellent espresso.
Finish is medium, some cigar smoke and pencil again.
Drink: now – 2027
What a 98 Bordeaux.
It’s been a while I drank a grand cru classé from this vintage (which is not so uncommon in saint-emilion) and I don’t remember it to be so “austere”.
The wine is classy, the bouquet is marvelous and will show complex with high intensity.
The palate itself is then a bit less refined and joyful than expected – not “sweet dense fruit”.
It’s a mix of “elegance” and dense, bitter tannins (as mentioned on the coffee part).
Anyway, I like this style – Bordeaux that shows power by being dry and not with jammy power.
An excellent expression of a classic more “mature” and less modern SE.
Great stuff! If you love Bordeaux with less acidity, but with more “grippy power” coming from the tannins with a dry structure – here you go!