1998 Vieux Chateau Certan

This Pomerol is a rare blend of 90% Merlot & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.  It has a deep opaque garnet color with a dark pink rim and is youthful in appearance.  There are deep, powerful aromas of kirsch, ripe dark cherry, cough syrup & dark chocolate.  The nose is rich and expressive with medicinal herb, a cool touch of mint/menthol, a hint of cedar, cigar leaf, dark and a bit of hearth smoke. It is medium+ bodied and the tannins are dense & chewy, a bit gritty and immature.  The profile is of round dark fruit, tinged with vanilla cherry coke on the finish.  The wine is flavorful, but structurally less than scintillating.  Straightforward, one-dimensional, a very linear experience, little complexity or development.  Perhaps a victim of the early garagiste influence?  Hmmm… a bit of a conundrum…a solid Pomerol vintage, expressive & generous aromatics & a youthful appearance usually indicate future promise. But surely this wine should have evolved more by now?  Should perhaps be consumed with a meal to give it more of a chance to shine.

1997 Chateau Petrus

Medium ruby core with a pink rim. The nose is incredibly heady and complex. Layers of cassis liqueur, dark chocolate-covered ripe cherries, currants, a subtle whiff of catmint (nepeta), briar and very light tomato leaf, which is not herbaceous or vegetal. The palate is medium bodied and soft with supple texture and layers of flavor. Flavors of cassis, currant, dark chocolate and cedar are delivered with medium(+) acidity and vibrant, fine-grained tannins. Plenty of development ahead.