Monday 29 February 2016

Two Bottles Of 1998 Bordeaux

1998 Château Malescasse
The 2011 & 2012 Malescasse performed nicely recently, so I thought it would be fun to taste a more mature version. The nose it somewhat mature with a seedy character and notes of black currants, ripening plums, gravel and some green peppers. Opens up nicely in the glass, with a fine dry tobacco nose after a while. Very good.
The taste is medium bodied, nice and dry with notes of red and black currants, pencil shavings, tobacco, sand and a touch of green peppers. A medium long, balanced finish. A very nice "luncheon Claret".
87p   (tasted 2016/02)

1998 Château Grand-Pey-Lescours
The common wisdom is that 98 is better on the left bank, and in this case, it is correct. But just so. The nose is cool and just a tad mature with notes of rowan berries, fresh stables, warm grass and dry leather. Very good in a old fashioned style.
The taste is liniar and structured with more black fruit in the mix than on the nose with additional notes of herbs, chocolate biscuits and gravel. Yet again, a very nice Bordeaux, caught in a perfect drinking phase.
88p   (tasted 2016/02)

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