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2016 Bordeaux Tasting Notes - Pessac-Landéognan

2016 Château Bouscaut, Pessac-Léognan
A smoky-dark pot pourri of a nose showing very, very dark blackcurrant fruit. A rich, cool wine of really good snap. Incisive limestone, firm gripthrough to a very long finish. Snappy-dark, lively fruit. Energy here…and real density of structure. Very nice. 
2016 Château Carbonnieux, Pessac-Léognan
50CS; 45M; 4CF; 1PV. 13.5%abv.
Very deeply coloured. Pure dark cherry and blackcurrant fruit aromas and some chocolate wood. The palate is uber-cool with very nice tacky tannins. There's a long thrust to this pretty linear wine. Very spicily wooded and structured. Very long and there's real intensity here. Too cool for its own good? Time will tell…

2016 Château Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan (tasted at the UGC)
Looks quite worked: really opaque in the glass. Nose is a dense, smoky and rather exotic dark thing. Mulberry and lots of spice. And there's a hint of something like papaya, plus dark chocolate. Cool wine with really fine tannic support. Long with sustained and balanced grip and a touch of peppery spice at the back. Evidently making a great effort here and it tastes like it.

2016 Château Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan (tasted at the La Grappe tasting)

Pretty, dark fruit nose of flowers. Pot pourri and black cherry and smoke. Very, very cool wine, very backward with a limestone rocky structure. Hard work at the moment. 

2016 Château Chantegrive, Pessac-Léognan
Rich, dense, pure and dark nose. Blackcurrants. Really delicious smelling, with a smoky touch. This is structured right through from the off, with rich, fine, very tacky tannins. Long. Very good wine delicious fruit. Good thrust here.
2016 Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Léognan
Very nice unforced colour. Very claretty nose of floral notes and domestic red and black fruit: red and blackcurrants and a hint of milk chocolate wood and cedar. Dense and fresh aromas. The palate is fresh from the off. Touch minty. Lovely, lovely rich, spiced tannins through to a rich and structured, densely, spicily busy finish. Fabulous.

2016 Château de Fieuzal, Pessac-Léognan
Very floral black cherry fruit aromas. Touches of smoke and dark chocolate. This is cool and direct but perhaps a bit lacking in nuance. Fruit is domestic and red and black: cherry and plum backed by rich and fine tacky tannins. Fresh and dense, but hmm. Quite like…

2016 Barde de Haut Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Dark roses here. Pure and a touch liqueur-like. Blackcurrant with spicy notes and a mineral rockiness. Plush entry of red apple and blackcurrant fruit. Starts easy then a rocky minerality emerges. Long enough. good. Cheap, I hope...

2016 Château Haut Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Rich red and black fruit liqueur of a nose, touch smoky. There's a hint of chestnut and fresh flowers and a dark plum ripeness. A rich, plush entry quickly becomes fresh and loaded with fresh, dense, rocky structure. High grip here. Long and very mineral/earthy limestone death. Intense. Seems very good, this.
2016 Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan
51.3M; 13.1CF; 33CS; 2.6PV. 13.6%abv. 63IPT.
Nose here is broader and riper than the Chapelle and there's a hint of violet toi the rich, plum-dark aromas. There's mintiness here, too, and a deep, pot pourri scent and a touch of tobacco. Rhubarb here. Entry is cool and quiote quickly becomes spicy with incisive grip and this thrusts for the very long finish. Fruit is pure and fresh and of dark plums. Really spicy with rocky grip. There's a core of juicy freshness. A more mouthfilling wine that the Chapelle; less elegant, more assertive. And the finish is fuller, chunkier. More mineral and there's spicy grip to the death.
2016 Château Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan
56M; 6.5CF; 37.5CS. 13.9%abv. 69IPT.
Really rather shy this at the moment. Some dark fruit and fresh, minty/spicy aromas. Meaty-dark. Plush and dark-pure entry. Then backward. Assertively grippy. Fresher, perhaps, than the Mission. Very rich, very fine tannins are tacky, become spiced. Super long. A fresh wine, though perhaps less elegant than the Mission; more assertive. BIG grip here, almost peppery. Oof.

2016 Château Latour Martillac, Pessac-Léognan
Rich nose smells ripely of pure cassis fruit. The palate quickly picks up very upright fresh tannins that grip spicily and intensity. Long, this, and direct. Really good energy. Should develop more nuance with time.
2016 Clos Marsalette, Pessac-Léognan
45M; 53CS; 2CF. 13.5%abv. 78IPT.Very rich nose of smoky violets and very black spiced plums. There's a dry limestone core to this cached within the fruit. Very fresh black cherry spiced fruit. Lots of stuffing. Very long and full of finish. Lovely.

2016 La Chapelle de la Mission, Pessac-Léognan
36.5M; 21.5CF; 42CS. 13.8%abv. 65IPT.
Airy nose of blackcurrant and dark plum, although this is quite shy. Dark spices dot some pretty berry fruits and a slight scent of dried rose petals. There's good tang to the red and black aromas. This is very, very cool in the mouth. There's a hint of liquorice to the dark fruit. Then arrive rich, fine, tacky tannins. Fruit is supple to half way through then becomes spicy with limestone grip that's fresh and seriously sustained. A clay-like flavour, too. There's real elegance here. It's a pretty wine with a fabulous finish: packed and busy and energetic. Fab.
2016 Château La Mission Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan
57.5M; 42,5CS. 13.7%abv. 72IPT.
Dark fruit and sweet tobacco notes. This really is distinctly minty. Dark and fresh aromas with hints of smoke and liquorice. Rich, cool, supple entry of blackcurrant and cherry-dark fruit. It disarmingly gains in fine, rich tannin that's just about integrated and rather lovely. Cool wine and a direct one. Medium weight and swelling to a very strict mineral death. Very, very long wine of fresh, rich structure. Almost an airiness here. Elegance and power: that iron fish/velvet glove thing.

2016 Château Le Pape. Pessac-Léognan
80M; 20CS. 13.8%abv.
A ripe and plummy nose; very delicious smelling. Just a very, very tasty wine with a plummy entry of ripe and very dark fruit from which emerges an energetic thrust - really freshly mineral - to a long finish. Made at Haut Bailly.

2016 Château Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan
A rich nose of smoky black cherry/cassis fruit: something of a iqueuir as ever. Floral-dark flavours then the limestone rocky structure. Real fresh mineral thrust here and the floral, domestic dark fruit. Bit too obvious for me perhaps. Very spiced, incisive grip at the death. 

2016 Château Picque Caillou, Pessac-LéognanReally rosy-floral aromas here: pure fresh blackcurrant fruit and mint. This is very airy, cool and reserved, but there's length here and a clay-like texture to the structure. Tacky; a bit unnuanced, but good.

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