Surprisingly youthful in color and taste - had it blind and would never had guessed what it was. Had it on its own ..very robust, would probably have had enjoyed it more with food. Many thanks to Pontet Pete for this surprise!
Restaurant purchase. The somm told us that she has seen some bottle variation and this was one of the better ones.
Starts off with a rich nose of manure, cedar, dry cigar tobacco and dried berries. Very nice to smell. The palate is a mix of the same secondary/tertiary notes but accompanied by a nice core of red cherry fruit and anise. The anise began to present in the nose as the wine evolved. Lacks oomph on the midpalate and finish.
This was fun to drink and is not over the hill. More air time may have helped as the wine did continue to improve for the hour or so we had it open. Not a life-changing mature bordeaux experience but considering the price paid for a well-stored 40+ year old bottle, I'm happy.
morken kork; diskret åpen nese med tørket frukt, kaffe, tobakk, lær og edelt tre. Jordlig og mineralsk. Åpner opp betydelig i glasset. Preg av våt bark som gjør at man kunne tatt dette for en moden brunello. Middels fyldig med flott syre og fortsatt ganske markante tanniner. Holdt seg godt, men på vei nedover. Delikat bordeaux som krever oppmerksomhet. Kjøpt på Chambers st i New York.
P n pour.. Taste from glass.. Smells good when first pour.. Swore in glass but fading on the nose.taste is light n no heat n tannise. About 30-40 window. Then the tannise start to creep in.. I let it stand for one week to settle down and did not decante but in open bottle only.
Really good. The nose is subtle upon opening and is initially a little too screechy and volatile upon opening. But, after slow-oxing for three hours, everything integrates. The nose blossoms and becomes fragrant with dark fruit and a little leather. The wine itself is vinous, with pronounced minerality and earthiness. The tannins have almost completely resolved, leaving a little bitterness on the finish. It also has classic weightlessness in the mouth while also being intensely flavorful.
Delightful. A true pleasure to drink. Bright fruits. A hint of tannin. Continually opening up in the decanter. Absolutely no reason to pass on a bottle if you find it in good condition. Classic, balanced, beautiful. This particular bottle was anything but drying out. Lucious and succulent fruit filled the palate from front to end.
Poured next to the '70 Haut-Brion which I thought would be an interesting comparison as there are a few vintages where Pape Clément would come out on top. Not so here, but this is still a beautiful Pape Clément. It starts off with the same rusty and smoky scent as the Haut-Brion but as they diverge this one gets more dominantly stony and minerally. The first sip is an instant reminder of what I love about old, finally mature Bordeaux. It's so tender on the entry it's practically buttery in its smoothness but it develops a coarser grittiness as you toss it around the mouth. Anywhere except next to the Haut-Brion this would strike you as an almost ideal claret, but HB has a way of outclassing things.
Vintage Bordeaux: intriguing notes of orange with cloves stuck into it, soft floral scents, and a musky, almost sweaty character. This is the first one that gave off the real musky, funky aromas of that age can bring to a wine; clearly, the wine has seen better days. The mouth was very soft, and had very low tannins, and the acidity was lacking, making it a bit flabby and tired.