Quite big stemsy, smoky lift to the aroma. There were also the telltale La Tache Hoisin and soy things going on. The palate was only mid-weight, fine and lacy with plenty of sweet earth and a salty iodine flavor. It was a good but not great bottle of ’43 DRC as a ’43 GE we had last year was quite majestic.
Lunch with Anthony Hall and Friends (Coppin Grove, Melbourne, Australia): Very low ullage on the bottle, and this was unfortunately over the hill. It had a Madeirised twang of cooked berries and cherries, dried flower petals and plenty of mushroomy undergrowth smells haunting the nose. The palate was still blessed with fresh acidity and a surprising firm sense of structure, but it too seemed Madeirised, with lots of flat, cooked fruit notes. A real shame.