Sat night dinner at home with JL, VK, PH and Cath (At home): I was pleasantly surprised by this wine. Popped and poured, it was fresh and fruity, with only faint traces of old wine barnyard that one so often finds in mediocre 1970s bordeaux. Dried hay, forest floor notes continued to pop up alongside the blackberry fruit as we drank this down in the course of an hour. I don't know where PH got this bottle, but the label was pristine and the fill was well into the neck. The cork was also in remarkably good shape. I think we were lucky with this obviously pampered bottle.
Overaskende bra i forhold til forventningen, selv om den er noe over toppen. Solbær og litt vegetal på nesen. Solbær, paprika og murstein på smak. Bra med syre og tanniner. Strammer seg opp etter litt tid i karaffelen. Frukten blir mer mer framtredene og noe av det vegetale forsvinner med lufting. Litt kort. Først 84-85 poeng, 88 med luft. God læring i denne flasken...
A recent purchase, upon inspection I had noticed one depressed cork (and bottle was a bit lower fill that others, I'd say HS). Sure enough, cork was very very loose, when I started to use AhSo it started to slide in, I instead hooked with end of worm and pulled it out. But the wine was actually intact- a little ashtray with the cigarbox, but still some cassis fruit. Tannins are gone, acid remains, but not harsh. Tobacco, cedar, earth. Definitely not a powerful wine, but for my tastes a perfectly acceptable lighter styled claret (others might not like as much, I see that Parker gave it an 80 and a drinkup 30 years ago). If this is the bottle with iffy cork, I'm happy. I carried along to wine group where it held well for hours. B/B+
Really bright, clear, mid garnet colour. Fragrant nose, pure red fruits. Initial taste after decanting dominated by lovely sweet fruit. Light, elegant, really lovely. Approached again after 45mins in decanter: fruit still just as good, now gentle cedar and pencil shavings on the nose. Wonderfuly elegant in the mouth, acidity balanced by the light sweet fruit. Slender but lingering legs. Complete mature claret. Preferred this to recent 79 Palmers. Wish I'd bought more than a single bottle, but daren't go back in case it's a disappointment (this batch originally shipped from the chateau to Argentina, then re-exported back to the chateau (didn't find out why) before eventually ending up at a UK merchant where I bought it last month). Memorable.