Double Magnum, 35th birthday of a friend (a wine lover). Great Bordeaux from a very difficult year. The top years are passed, but still in good years for consumption. A mature wine with nice earthy caracters and still some fruits (berrys)
Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Served double blind to the tasting group alongside Groth 1990 Cabernet Reserve from Napa. Mature black cherry aromas and flavors with modest spice. Very good balance, textures. Easy for most tasters to identify as Bordeaux, but most thought from a younger, better vintage.
From double magnum. Nose entirely dominated by a woodsy funk at first. Decanted and allowed to breathe, this opened up very quickly. Textbook "dirty" and "dark" mature Bordeaux aromas: cedar, leather, tobacco, sous bois, grandma's cupboard, barnyard, etc. The fruit was a little tired, but not terribly so. The finish showed a surprising and pleasant little tingle of tannin. After having had a noticably over-the-hill 1978 a few years ago, I feared this might suffer from being similarly superannuated. While this is very slightly over its peak, it still drinks respectably well, perhaps due to the salutary effects of the bottle size. Consume soon- tonight, if possible.
Fill level was well into the neck. Popped and poured, then consumed over two nights. Tobacco aromas with modest black fruit and earth hints. Good balance of flavors between black cherry and earthy character, lots of charm, even if just modest intensity. Surprisingly this was basically the same on the 2nd night, perhaps just a little shorter.
1979 Bordeaux horisontal (Oslo): Klar, mørk rød med innslag av oransje. Svært dyp og mørk nese med et floralt preg, lær og innsmigrende bærsødme. Meget bløt frukt her også med slank kropp og frisk syre. Fin lengde.
Sampled 1/20/12. The fill was top shoulder. The cork was in quite good shape and a solid one piece. The color, however, was very rusty and the nose indicated it was well past peak. But the wine surprised me on the palate. Still some good black fruits and cassis, leather notes and sweet Oak. Of course, this wine was better 10 years ago, but I've been very impressed by the longevity of Gruaud Larose and I wanted to see how this Chateau fares in a less than stellar year. I was not disapppointed.
we drank this wine with a saddle of deer from scotland. It was stored perfectly and it was a DM... which really helps. Very much classic claret, only 12% in alcohol and therefore still having that nice red fruit going on. Even after all those years only the rim was orange brown but the middle was still bright red... all in all a great wine, not better then the 1978 but still a great drink with food. For lovers of classic claret...
Drank with dinner and no formal notes taken. This was perfectly intact from a pristine bottle. Unfortunately, it was tasting over the hill. On initial open it was showing some fruit, cracked pepper, and mushrooms on the nose. Very light fruit was present on the palate, with some asparagus and the mushroom, with a really grippy, gritty texture. The finished lingered on, but it wasn't evolving at all, primarily showing some earthy mushroom components and the tannins. After this was in the glass for only 10 minutes it lost all of the fruit throughout, primarily leaving some textural elements but not really a tasty wine. A bit of a let down compared to some other recent '79s, and the scores here (which are mainly from quite a bit ago). Perhaps I'll try another, but I do suspect this is very much on the downward slope.
Resolved tannins, more red fruit than black, fairly high acidity, more elegant than the typical Gruaud brawn. With time some mushroom and tobacco over the red cherry fruit. Pretty nice wine, though maybe lacking the verve and long finish of my favorite '79s. But the acidity and red fruits seem to me typical of the vintage, and this is good if not great.. B+/B
shared with keith, jeean, pat and ellen at our traditional winter holiday season dinner. this was our first time together at Tuscan Sun in Tottenville. john, the proprietor/host was very accomodating. he had received the bottle a few days earlier and kept it standing up for us. opened this wine with the main course. this bottle was full fill. the cork, which is the longest i have ever seen, extracted intact. the wine appears to be at its apogee. it comes forth immediately with delicate bouquet of floral scents. smooth mouth feel. tannins fully resolved. it was a little too delicate to stand up to the barbecue style sauce on my roast pork. it was a much better match to pat's veal in a delicate butter sauce. the wine continued to show well throughout the meal. keith commented on the similarities between this and his '82 lafon-rochet even though they are from different communes. overall, the wine was most enjoyable. the quality it showed tonight far exceeds the expectations of the iniital professional reviews.
Pale red/garnet with pronounced oranging towards the rim. Clean, fresh aromas on the nose with an ethereal sweetness. Damson and blueberry fruit, with mint and pine mixed in. Cranberry/lead pencils adding backbone. Hint of furniture polish. Flavoursome and with good weight in the mouth, but some rather green tobacco notes and in the back of the mouth a slightly bitter taste that I haven't experienced in previous bottles of this wine.
Christmas Wine Group Dinner hosted by Aniko. Showed a nice, earthy nose which led to a medium body of medium fruit that was pleasant to taste, earthy tones overshadowed the fruit in the mouth and on the finish. My #6 and Group #7.
Very dark purple red, but with a very slightly hint of carmine on the edge. Really heavy complex bouquet with good black fruits, liquorice and elegant oak. Even a little backward. In the taste very juicy cassis, a lot of luxury oak and a lot of good sticky tannin and good acidity. Very long aftertaste with cassis and oak. Very full bodied. Altogether this is a truly great wine which needs more time in the bottle, but is already so beautiful. Complex, powerful and elegant at the same time.