Reply to "TN: 2005 Ch. Lascombes"

DRAB, your TN tested the resolve of my weak willpower ... I decided to pop one of these to find-out for myself just how good this wine is ... despite the infanticide, I'm very glad I gave this a test run:

-- decanted for an hour or two before tasting --
-- tasted non-blind --
-- 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot --

NOSE: rich bouquet of coffee, concentrated blackberries, and pencil lead; red apple note as well as a slight hint of secondary funk.

BODY: lots of superfine particulate matter; inky garnet color of great depth; medium-full bodied.

TASTE: this is a big big wine: flavors of cassis, coffee, and cedar are off-set by a strong minerality; a meaty element is there too ... superlong finish (2.5 minutes); comes across bitter and tannic right now, but there's enough acidity to call this well-balanced; all the parts are there, but this needs some serious time to harmonize; will be ridiculous-good 10+ years from now.

B: 50, 5, 13, 18, 9 = 95