2001 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Color: ruby red with dark tones, no sign of aging. Nose: very little red cherry, a little bit of leather, little bit of smoke, tobacco, espresso, earth, asparagus. Taste: a nice medium to full body wine, bitter tannins on the back end but not a pungent wine in the mouth, black tea, earth, sour cherry. Very old school Bordeaux. Certainly no fruit bomb in here but a pleasant wine that goes well with lamb. Aftertaste is medium: 15-20 s. A Bordeaux with enough tannins to last another 10 years easily, but not an example of a remarkable Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, not for my palate or my taste. I would probably not buy it any time soon and that’s not because of the quality but for what you get for the money you pay. For me I can think of far better wines for less money I paid for this bottle. But hey that’s me. Everybody has his own palate. What attracted me on this 2001 Pichon Lalande was the 14% Petit Verdot added in the blend.
2002 Hugel et Fils Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive
Hugel Vendange tardive Gewurztraminer 2002 – Color: nice bright yellow color. Nose: this wine is screaming lychees crème and a floral nose. Taste: more lychees flavours and some mineral notes. Mid palate is a little watery but the wine finishes in a long aftertaste with a mineral character.A sweet wine that goes well with foie gras.