Firm, hard, masculine, tough style of wine. With stern tannins and a sharp, cassis, strawberry, olive, herb and cranberry fruit profile. The best part of the wine is on the tertiary nose, with its tobacco, cedar chest, earthy, cherry and forest floor nose. It is on the palate, where you meet the typicity of the 1975 vintage.
Brought to Charlie Palmer steak which has 1 bottle free byob, This drank just as well as my last bottle two years ago, lots of cedar, dried dark berries, earth, tar and cigar box, really smooth mouth feel with good length and fully resolved tannins
Like a beautiful old lady. We decided not to decant, but I would actually recommend a quick 15-minute decant. Still has quite some life in it. Typical sweet tobacco, forest floor, mushrooms...and red berries! Always fun to drink an "old style" Pauillac. Drink within the next 5 years.
1975 only: Cork in excellent condition, still very spongy, level almost into neck. Hay, tar, some CF vegetality as well as tobacco on the nose, later develops a note of plasticine. Accidity seems to have subsided, very drinkable. Dried fruits and some black berries on the palate. Excellent showing from this bottle.
Had to revisit, the first one blew my mind and gave me instant goosebumps as soon as the cork was removed.
This one didn't have the exact same quality but wowza. I just adore old Pauillac - the meaty, animalistic, wet forrest notes. The pictures you associate the instant the wine touches your lips.. Just drink it and let it breath!..
Second Sunday Group: 1975 Bordeaux (Augie's): Aromas of evergreen, pine resin and red berry fruit. A bit stemmy/woody on the palate, with red fruit and rosemary qualities as well. Develops a subtle coffee note with air- perhaps a CA ringer?
Double decanted 3 hours prior to serving, and I think that hurt this wine. We have had it several times recently, and it shows well early but fades. I would be drinking now and early after pulling the cork. B+/A-
High shoulder fill. Cork crumbled. This was better than the bottle last night, showing good fruit and actually improved with about 20 minutes of air, but started fading after about 45 minutes. Overall, still a solid wine, and the better bottles even better. B+/A-
HS/VHS. Decanted and drank shortly after over dinner. This was fine out of the bottle, and lost some steam after about 30 minutes. Bottles with better fills have shown a bit better, but this is one to be drinking up. B+
Terrific mature claret nose, cedar, cigar, earth, dried fruit, palate has good acidity which dominates the mouth feel a touch and is a little austere on the finish but still great to try birth year wines
Drank from a half bottle. Almost orange color. The bouquet has smoke, earth, mushrooms and metal. On the palate a very mature wine, earthy, a touch of sweetness and completely melted tannin. Still beautiful, but drink now or soon.
Had this along side the '75 LLC. Both decanted and served. This was darker and showed more fruit and body at first. After a while, the LLC came around and might have just snuck by it in the end, but very close call and this was a very good bottle that did not fade at the end as some previous bottles have. A-
Dark ruby with matured light mahogany rim but still vibrant. The bouquet is soft, elegant and develpred, blackcurrant, dried plum and sweet tobacco. Holding very well and still shows a solid entry with good acidity backbone, blackfruits, blackcurrant, dried fruits and subtle tobacco on palate. Fine tannins with a soft grip, very pleasant drinking with nice intensity on the midpalate. Slightly better than 70 Chasse-Spleen and 72 Les Forts de Latour but this is what I expect from a repectable Chateau in a good vintage. 94+
Remarkably deep ruby color. Mature leather and dry leaf nose that still has some dark red fruit notes. Mature palate like rough velvet. Good finishing verve. In good shape and fine with the holiday roast. (92)
Mint condition, 1cm from bottom of dry tight cork, foil spun easily. Still, didn't gain balance or weight with 4 hours decant. Either, not meant to be, or an off bottle, not due to storage or cork. Will see if next is just as bad, or recent reviews have merit.
The ULD (Ultimate Label Drinker's) Dinner (Imperial Treasure, Asia Square): Unfortunately corked. Wet cardboard aromas haunted an otherwise pleasant nose of ripe black fruit, cassis and blackberries dosed with a good amount of earth and spice. The palate was whole enough with clean acid and fine tannins running through pure cassis notes and a touch of mint, so much so that I could place it as a 1995 Pauillac. I could not get past the flaw though, this was pretty much scalped by TCA, with the flavours turning out quite flat and the finish ringing of cardboard. Pity, because I suspect this may otherwise have been a pretty nice wine.
Bottle filled to bottom of neck; cork a bit soft but intact. Upon opening, aroma was leathery, color deep red, taste tannic, not much fruit but pleasant finish. Tannin pucker faded within 20 minutes, raspberry flavor came to fore, but not strongly. Overall impression was "over the hill" but showing its breeding; went down well with an omelette and roasted vegetables.
Very high shoulder fill. Great color and nose for it's age. Decanted 30 minutes. Nice combo of earth and mature fruit. Very elegant wine that held up for a couple of hours over dinner. Great with food. A-
You know this is a sentimental favorite. Of all the harsh, tannic, out of balance, 75s I have had (exception, LMHB, great wine), this has been the softest, with none of the harsh tannins some of the nieghboring wines have. Ratings have been 85-90, so if you find it, should be a fair price. Try it. you'll like it.
decided to pull a treat from the cellar for new year's eve. shared with pat at selkirk manor. paired with grass fed ribeye, baked potato and house salad. this was the least valuable of my fully mature bordeaux but still a luxury given our standard of living. high shoulder/low neck fill. loose fitting and fully saturated cork, extracted in tact. upon opening, the genie jumps out of the bottle. perfumed aroma fills the room. lilac, lavender and rich soil. slight hint of maroon but otherwise youthful color with no thinning. mouth feel is initially delicate but not fragile. it builds in the glass with time. to me, this is the epitome of mature bordeaux. full of grace and style. not layered or complex but sufficiently robust to hold one's interest. beautiful fruit. but also vinosity that reminds one that there is wine in the glass. after the last sip, it left me wishing that i had another bottle. in a time of economic hardship, i parted with a case of 1989 at auction. what a pity.
huge surprise - expected this to be tired and fading - this bottle was complex, balancedand while not young anymore - help it's own in the lynch vertical - loved it! I keep thinikng this will be gone soon but it keeps giving....
With the help of the pump type opener, we were able to extract the cork cleanly, it was in poor shape and blackened almost to half of the cork, we did not have high hopes on this, decanted 2 hours and still nothing much came out, almost no floral/fruit was left, palate also not pleasant although we think this bottle was not corked, just stored poorly. Too bad.
2011 Casual Session - 9 @ ES (Extra Space Boon Keng): Alcohol :: NA Served with Riedel O Bordeaux. Double decant 60mins. Firstly, this display lots of funkiness but blew off a bit in the glass. Dark brown red in color with bouquet of leather, savory meatiness and sweet tone, a bit dusty too, just like walked into an antique furniture shop, not a nose for everyone for sure but I kinda like this. Still very fresh on the palate, though I find the fruits are about to fade, it still holds itself very well and remain balance, slightly rough tannin and rustic mouth feel display pretty much of the vintage character. Finish is soft, fine and long, with bitter chocolate and trace of heat. Good. if this is any representative of this wine, I would suggest to drink this up. Buy - Maybe.
Dense, dark crimson. A "warm nose" from a warm year. Sweet. Port. Becoming sweeter with time, candy. Round and full on the palate, chocolate, port. Hardly any acidity showing, where is it? Very good. No harsch 1975 tannins whatsoever. Sudden end, quick finisher. " Reserve Particuliere Mr. M.A. Bunford" printed on a small label, stuck below the actual Chateau label. 12,5% alc.
Flaske med høy fylling. Korken godt mettet men ikke gjennomtrengt. Mursteinsrød på farge, orange kant. Veldig medisinal, iod, nesten sårsalve på lukt, men det går over etter ca. en time. Etter det ubeskjeden frisk duft av røde bær, flint og penal. Kraftig anslag, lang, slank stil, dominert av rips og litt bringebær. Frisk og tett vin som har bært sine 35 år godt. Over middels lang avslutning, men tørker litt in mot slutten. Som andre skriver her, hadde jeg ikke gjettet Bordeaux, er mer Burgund, kanskje 10 år gammel Barbaresco? Interessant juleopplevelse, etter, ikke ilag med, ribba.
This raised a few eyebrows. As soon as I got a whiff I had the kind of feeling I imagine an archaeologist would have opening an ancient tomb and findiing a mummy wearing a digital watch...
We knew what it was but I certainly wouldn't have immediately pegged this as a left bank Bordeaux if it had been blind. It's big, it's ripe, it's got some big extraction, and, err how to say this? It's a ringer for a 10 year old Tuscan Bordeaux blend (someone suggested Rhone even!). Fortunately for me I happen to love the likes of Ornellaia and Sassicaia so I was happy to crack on. So certainly not a wine that makes you immediately think 25 year old Pauillac, but some powerful raw materials in here. I have to say that I loved it, but it feels like a bit of a guilty pleasure to admit!
Cork easily slid out and broke in half. Feint blackberry and dust during decant. Gave way to baked rhubarb, leather, limestone dust nose after 20 minutes in the glass. First taste offered cassis and deep cherry forward, blackberry and light eucalyptus middle, and a wax bean-like coating w/light acidity at the back and short finish. The acidity dissipated in an hour leaving elegant fruit, velvet tannins, and a smooth drinkability so captivating of mature Bordeaux. Medium finish and enough acidity to go another 5+ years, but will the cork? Deilghtful - 93
Lovely elegant, hints of tobacco and mint, Soft and round in the mouth, displaying none of the harness of the vintage, which a 75 Palmer this was paired with. Pale ruby colored and surprisingly cloudy. Not great length, but very pleasing. Why I love old Bordeaux
I just don't see any significant difference comparing the last time I tasted, another bottle of great wine though my last bottle, straight from the bottle without decanting considering the age, the nose full of tar, red fruits, very mellow in the mouth, healthy ruby red in color, just because I tasted it before and I have to confess it did lack a little bit of excitement, overall still an exceptional experience.
I was absolutely stunned by the performance of this wine given the scattered results of the 1975 vintage in general. Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout with no bricking whatsoever (shock). Nose of dried herbs, a bit of ash, mixed florals, mixed dark fruits and a bit of white pepper. Flavors of red berries, red cherries and a bit of raspberry. Medium to bright acidity, medium tannins, medium body. Drink now, perhaps can even be held a bit. Quite frankly it wouldn't surprise me one bit if this wine wasn't a fraud/fake. No way it should have performed like this. It performed more like a mid to late 80s Bordeaux. I am suspect.
Nothing profound, but a solid, mature, birthyear Bdx. Cork came out in one piece and the bottle looked pristine, this delivered. Classic cedar, spice and red berry notes that I associate with mature cabernets/blends, and this particular bottle was still youthful at 34. Finish was a touch tannic, but was drunk sans food fwiw. Very pleasurable and a great bottle for celebrating my 34th year on the planet.
We sucked this wine down. Margauxguy's description was very accurate for us. Not a stellar nose to the wine: a bit subdued. But the taste exploded....wonderfully balanced and packed with fruit...a very lengthy finish. Damn, Jill and I went through this bottle very quickly...was tempted to crack open another, but I think I will save them for special occasions!
-lots of fruit for a 75-reticent opening, balanced, fruit subdued then I realized it had massive fruit that was dormant-had a spicy sweet bloom at the end Not a complete wine beginning to end but beguiling-34 yrs and still stutting its stuff. Soft and round, but still rocks
This Lynch-Bages has a nose of harsh beetroot with little hint of fruit. The palate is very tannic at first (typical of a -75 I'm told). The taste does not follow the nose, but reveals instead some cocoa and even sweet fruity flavours and gentle notes that the nose definately lacked.The long taste is good and balanced. The wine is still evolving and it got better and better with aeration. The last drops three hours after the bottle had been opened were the best.
Another 1975 that has come nicely good. Cedar cigar box through and through with impressive length. Would rate this higher but for the fact it has a slight iodine note as do several other 1975 left bank wines. Leoville and Langoa Barton for starters.
A really nice bottle. A little frightened with a very crumbly cork. Amber-orange in color with very little acidity. Complex aromas similar to cognac, but still a bit a fruit. This wine is not going to get any better and it's time to drink up with pleasure!
Simply a beauty, fully mature now, the tannins has been resolved, this bottle is to share with one of my best friend, to celebrate of our 30 years old friendship, I brought the bottle to the restaurant few days in advance to ensure the wine sediments were staying in the bottom of the bottle! A very matured bottle in perfect balance, aging really really well! The amounts of fruits is just right! Nearly perfect!!
Winemaker luncheon 2004 (Cafe Juanita): Fantastic color--suggesting a wine 5 or so years old. On the nose I get a ton of bittersweet chocolate and cocao; a little too much for me. Fortunately after a few minutes it turned into meat and beef blood. Older black olives and spice on the palate. Nice length.