Fully mature. Garnet colour. Not a big nose but still alive. Last tasted three years ago and was a little herbaceous. Not so this time. Very pleasant, couldn't ask more of a twenty seven year old third growth from a mediocre vintage.
Limpid, lovely mature appearance; classic nose with red berries, cedar and hint of spices, harmonious, good depth and definition; elegant and stylish palate, good 1983-typicity, relatively slender, gravel; lovely length. "An Englishman's claret", just my style.
Rich, medium-deep colour, rosehip rim; good depth, spicy new oak, ripe blackcurrant fruit, cedar, hints of sweetness and cheese rind; rounded, good stuffing of sweet fruit, ripe, supple and attractive, adequate structure, lovely flavours; very good length. The first wine under the Suntory-regime and a very good start.