Bricked red. Slightly funky barnyard & vegetal nose that came off after 10 minutes in the glass. Had we let it rest longer before the first pour (as with the later glasses) this wouldn't have even been noticed. Wine was lovely -- best of the lot so far. More structure, no tartness to the wine. Lovely complexity. Lush fruits with fading tannins.
Cork was perfect. Decanted and sat for 15 minutes. Opened in glasses for another 15 minutes. Not a hint of brown -- all crimson and clear. Tart cherry and earth. Not terribly complex, but a very nice wine. Some orange and cranberry along with a touch of burnt toast.
A wonderful surprise. Deep garnet. Fruity nose. Still lots of fruit and even somewhat hard-edged tannins First notes were of cherry, currant, 9graphite, orange and cedar. As it opened, the cherry liqueur melted away into a more prominent and sweet currant and candied orange. A hint of lime. Looking forward to the rest of the lot.
On the nose there’s some teak, capsicum, truffles, sweet tobacco, tea leaves and tar. It is just a little malnourished in the mouth but fresh and it acts as a vinous stent when partnered with a rich and fatty cassoulet, opening all of the arteries around the heart with its brisk combination of anthocyanins and acidity. (Please note: the stent thing is just a colourful descriptor by the author, not to be taken as gospel or used in conjunction with any prescribed heart medicine).
Surprisingly deep red, with bricking, but didn't look as old as it was. Invitingly complex left bank nose. Evolved quite a bit over the evening, and never settled into a single place, and that was fine. Lots of currant, minerals, finishing into some really nice complex mint notes. Not in any way drying. Not a blockbuster, and maybe not even excellent, but very good...
Simply opened and served, drunk over about 2 hours at Crush restaurant, which is a pretty amazing place.
I have had a slew of '79s, 81s, and 83s, and this was certainly up there towards the best...this was better than a 79 Sociando we had recently...