Very expressive nose of earth, leather, black fruit and a hint of iodine. Over 3 hours this gained a wonderful sweetness of red fruit intermixed with mature Bordeaux flavors of tobacco and graphite. Long finish.
Berry Bros & Rudd bottling. Level into neck. Lovely nose once I got past the volatile acidity, a little leatheriness giving the impression that there might be some Rhone grapes in this. Slightly astringent on the palate, but very lively for its age. Faded quite fast.
nose: a really nice amount going on right now and this has held up very well. Filled with notes of tobbacco, black currant, pencil shavings, sour cranberry, and leather. Amazing how deep the nose is and really classic bordeaux
taste: very nice feel on the palate with tobbacco, leather, pencil shavings, and some black currant. If only the flavors were as deep as the nose
overall: this one is still kicking big time. So elegant and wonderful weight on the palate it's obvious that this wine was kept very well as it is very complex. the finish dies a bit fast, but it's very enjoyable to have a wine this old that is in this condition
From a bottle obviously well stored. Cork was soaked almost all the way through and came out without a struggle. Delicious bottle of old school St. Julien that got better and better the more air it got. By no means a great wine but still a pleasure to drink.
A mature, browning red. There is some deep, sweetish hedgerow fruit on the nose along with some big cassis notes. It ha a nice round palate with a certain meaty fleshiness and some rather direct fruit. It is just about showing its age, but it’s by no means to its detriment. Enormous length. Excellent.
Dinner at Acquarello with Wilf and Garen. This wine had major CO2 issues to start out with and I mistakenly thought it was flawed. Wilf cautioned me to give the wine a few shakes in the glass and let it sit for a few minutes. That did the trick. Very elegant with lots of blackberry notes. Still a youthful 61.
Fill level was into the neck and the cork in suprisingly good shape. Wine is out of it's prime, very nice mature Bordeaux nose, consisting mainly of spicebox, shoe leather and tobacco. No fruit left and a moderate finish. Good structure still and enjoyable with food. Imagine the '70 Pichon Lalande minus any fruit attributes.