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Q: '95 Bon Pasteur or '95 GPL

Postby wrcstl » Mon Apr 17, 2006 11:42 am

Sparing you the details of why, I will be serving one of the above two wines at a tasting this weekend. Has anyone had either of these wines recently? I have not tried many '95's and am concerned that the GPL may be way too young. Whick one would be the most pleasant to drink now?
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Re: Q: '95 Bon Pasteur or '95 GPL

Postby Dale Williams » Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:18 pm

I haven't had the Bon Pasteur, but on general experience I'd vote for it for now. We did a '95 horizontal this winter, my note on the GPL:
This had been decanted earlier in day, day before would have been better. Nice young Pauillac with rich blackcurrant fruit, firm ripe tannins, good finish. Give it ten years.

The Gazin, on the other hand, showed quite nicely. I think the Pomerols (other than the real big boys) are opening up, the Medocs are mostly still tight. HTH.
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Re: Q: '95 Bon Pasteur or '95 GPL

Postby Otto » Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:37 pm

wrcstl wrote:Sparing you the details of why, I will be serving one of the above two wines at a tasting this weekend. Has anyone had either of these wines recently? I have not tried many '95's and am concerned that the GPL may be way too young. Whick one would be the most pleasant to drink now?
Thanks,
Walt


I would echo Dale and go with the BP. Rolland's wines are usually approachable young. I tasted the 95-97 trio side by side about a year ago. Curiously, though not considered a good Pomerol vintage, 96 was IMO the best. The 95 was very fine also if you like the Rolland style.

It's been quite a while since I tasted the GPL 95. It should certainly be approachable now, but it has so much in reserve that I wouldn't open it now.

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