This was a lovely old claret. Very earthy on the nose with flavors of mushroom,. forest floor, leather along with some red fruit still clinging on. On any other day this would have been a great wine, but it was overshadowed on this night by the '66 Montrose.
A beautiful bottle that glimmers with quality - a lot of body and complexity here that still has years left on it. Classic St Julien notes with a beautiful perfumed nose. If you have a good bottle then you are in for a treat.
A classic wine and very much alive: fine nose, full of fruit and tobacco, nice length. Drinking very well right now and at least within the next five years. 2-3 hrs decanting suggested. Was groups Nr. 1 of the flight (Pichon Lalande, Montrose, Cos, all 66)
Drinking so well now - this seems to be in that plateau of maturity with layers of red and dark fruit, cedar, leather, tobacco and pencil lead all coming together seamlessly on the nose and palate. The structure's fully integrated here and there's a sense of real polish and grace to the flavours. An absolutely stunning bottle.
Magic Number 6 - 2006,1996,1986,1976,1966 (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): From an old school little squat Cordier Bottle. Decanted for 30 minutes and definitely helped develop and open the wine which was muted on the nose on open. Has lots of fine sediment which we disturbed and was a bit of cloudy. Not as nice as the one we had a year ago but at this age the old saying of "there are only good bottles not good wines" holds true. Good level and cork. Fully matured and the nose of of earthy, mushroomy, light cedar. Singing nose. On the palate the life is still there but far from its peak and although an enjoyable wine the vibrancy is fading and we would suggest having it sooner than later. Definitely go for Ex-Chateau bottles as the one we tried a year ago was definitely a lot better than this general trade one. 92 for this one (vs 95 for the Ex Chateau a year ago)
Garnet with amber edge. Some lactic notes to a very expansive nose. Hazelnut, leather. Lacks depth and seems a bit out of balance with prominent acid on the backend. Probably on the downward curve, but still a treat.
Three Dinners: The cork came out in one piece and looked surprisingly good. The nose is surprisingly elegant, as is the wine in the mouth. This showed really well with no off flavors, but also somewhat simple. The Beycheville poured next to it, was just a little more interesting in every way
Gruaud Larose Masterclass with David Launay (Fine & Rare Wines, London): Bricking red on the colour. Intense, "powerful" for its age (Much more than the 62) very much alive and vibrant on the palate. More earthy notes than fruit, some mint and cedar on the nose good acidity and balance. Very elegant well aged bordeaux and will look to buy more. ( Andreas 96 / Nicol 94) - 95 Overall.
A '60's theme for a birthday boy. (Apiary.): A new glass for a new old wine. Much better. Classic old school Bordeaux, yet without the Cordier funk. Just everything that I like about old Bordeaux is present. Sweet, yet complex and perfectly proportioned. There's your typical cherry fruit, herb, earth and lead pencil complementing each other wonderfully. It's focused and fresh, showing both richness and elegance. Beautiful and long cherry finish. I could drink this all night. A-.
Been sitting on this bottle, with a decent fill level, for the better part of a year, and it just seemed like time to open. I slow oxygenated for 4 hours or so, don't know whether it benefitted or not. Very nice wine, still solid, and quite pleasurable, although on the monolithic side. Leather and tobacco of course, and with air it improved - with a slightly mentholated long leathery finish. We all wanted more. It took us maybe an hour and a half to finish, and my sense with the last glass was that it was starting to pack it in, but it is hard to tell.
First Tuesday Wine Group at Charlie's House. All of the wines were in impeccable condition. Light brick color, with some lightening at the rim. Full bodied, bright, expressive. A hint of mint. Some drying tannins, but beautiful with a long finish.