From a top-shoulder bottle, but with a soaked cork. Past prime, a but generically old-winey. Improved with air. An unusual mix of red and raisined fruit, a curiously-Graves-like smell of earth. Totally not showing like a Pauillac. A bit short and tart, and the bitter '75 tannins stick out at the back, especially with the second glass. Ok but not great.
Far better than the previous bottle last year. Looks, smell and tastes every inch a classic, traditional high level Bordeaux. Rather light color, orange bricks, getting deeper and fuller red after 30+ minutes. Medium bodied, good acidity. Red fruit, cassis and typical tertiary notes of mushrooms, earth and underwood. Very well integrated tannins and a mineral (iron, flint) character. Medium length. Very good value for money if well kept like this one.
Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste (The Ledbury, London): Youthful appearance - deep ruby/garnet core, medium pale garnet rim. Medium intense nose showing dusty red fruit, gravelly notes, slight bitter edge. Medium/full bodied, reasonably deep and layered with earthy and mineral notes, some dusty red fruit and a reasonably harmonious finish. OK **
At Wijn Antiquariaat (blind tasting) GPL vertical with 1975, 1985, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2003. Nice well-matured bottle. Light colour, orange bricks. Fruit has transformed into sweetness and earth in the mouth, very attractive with a long finish. Nose minerals with some pencil and fruits. Drink now - 2015. Another 1975 that holds surprisingly well.
Impeccably stored. Almost a mini Latour. Cassisy rich with dark fruits and maybe some pencil. Very, very long. All in balance. The off putting tannin for 30+ years now fully integrated. Old style Bordeaux to the max. Rich without at all being dense.
Un vieux monsieur, the waiter at the Taverne du Passage in Brussels said. Nice price for a gentle, nicely matured wine. The hint of overripeness does not get in the way. Pleasant. Probably not kept in the very best of conditions.