1990 Chateau l’Arrosee St Emilion Grand Cru
This is the first time I ever had this label, thus my exposure to this wine is as good as novice. However, resting my faith as a supreme Bordeaux vintage of 1990, I still decided to go ahead with my purchase and tastings. Due to time constraint, I only decanted it for slightly more than 1 hour, and my first impression was not great; bouquet of aged ripe fruit, nothing wrong, although after a few sips, I found the acidity too elevated and content nothing special. However, the fault lies with insufficient decanting time and nothing was wrong with the wine. I read how some people judged some 1990 Bordeaux poorly, frankly, I’d love to teach them a lesson; 90% of the problems came from insufficient decanting time! I recommended at least 2 hours for normal Cru Bourgeois level wines, and classified wines even more, and I once had a Lafite 1990 that I decanted it for 4 good hours and turned out to be really stunning! Back to l’Arrosee, I drank the bottle over a span of 2 hours, and I keep finding an astounding positive outcome, the wine gets toned down with a lot of finesse, elegance and layers showing up at the later stage of the time! Lesson learned, don’t jump to conclusion too early without having good knowledge about your Bordeaux wines.
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