Chateau Beauregard, AOC Pomerol, Gironde, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France, 1998
This wine: lot No. L1 (on front label), a merlot heavy blend, with cabernet franc, 13% abv, coated natural cork closure, tasting circle, ex-Strakers, £? (2016)
Consumer tasting note: 20 year old Pomerol, a treat on this occasion – deep garnet with a complex nose, which just keeps unfolding … mushroom, leafy – a nod to the cabernet franc in the blend with merlot, cedar, old leather, spicy, a touch of black berries, rich warm black liquorice, a whiff of cooked bacon … ; medium bodied with soft tannins and supporting acidity, on the palate more mushroom, black currant jam, savoury nuances and black olive. Finishes long. Drink now –
RTD – Wait. No need to decant, but savour over
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity garnet, showing tears [? sediment – had been decanted]
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of mushroom, green leafiness (suggestive of cabernet franc), cedar, savoury, old leather, a touch of black berries with just a fleeting edge of currant, spice with an edge of damp toast, dried red berries, developing hint of warm black liquorice with a slightly savoury tarry edge, warm bees wax, mild curry spice, after an hour there is a whiff of cooked bacon.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine grained medium (-) tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of a hint of mushroom, black currant jam, black liquorice, savoury, black olive. A long length with a clean fresh savoury finish.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced fresh(ish) acidity and soft tannins, well suiting the sound intensity and similar concentration; fully developed with a broad, moderate-highly complex tertiary profile, from a lengthy period in bottle, still showing residual evidence of time in oak. Finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will hold for a year, perhaps two if properly cellared – well-balanced now, fully developed, mid-palate intensity falling away perhaps, but still a long length.