I don't really believe in giving wines a point score, particularly wines like this, but these two bottles, drunk on the same night with marrow bones, toast, and consomme where lovely. Pitch perfect with this course - not at all over the hill. Just awesome. Will try to buy more.
Awesome, still big and surprising amount of tannins. Would have been great in another few years yet. Rich dark/black/burgundy in color. After reading other tasting notes... I must have got lucky with a very well kept bottle. We had this at a buddies house. It was a "bring your past due bottles" night. We had a dozen or so $250 plus bttls.... This was one of the better ones from the early 1960's to mid 80's. Even had it out in decanter for an hour. I'll miss her... Never to be had again!!!!!
Well past its prime, but still lovely. Earthy sweetness dominates with spice underneath. The color still retains much more red than I would have thought possible and is relatively unmarred by brown. The finish contains plenty of red berries - the fruit still lives!
IN BETTER CONDITION THAN LAST BOTTLE DINNER WITH FRIENDS IN VANCOUVER LAST BOTTLE FROM THE CELLAR VERY MILD, EARTH, HINT OF RAISIN AND APRICOT AROMA OF EARL GREY TEA HOW MATURE BORDEAUX SHOULD TASTE EXCELLENT
Completely mature and probably better 10 years ago, but still had good plummy fruit and enough backbone to make things interesting. Not particularly long or complex, but a classic example of mature Bordeaux. I enjoyed it a lot.
This bottle also showed some signs of leakage. The color was a solid red and only slightly cloudy. The nose was rather musty and not promising. On th palate the wine showed better than the nose. Primarily and mushroomy, compost character. Most of the fruit had faded and it had mild tannins. Always an interesting experience to drink an older Bordeaux though. 84 points.
Bottle #4. This is a lovely refined bottle of wine. Not at all ruined, although maybe over the hill. More prominent green bell pepper on the nose. Light to medium bodied, my impression remains that this would have been better 10 years ago, but it's quite pleasant now.
What a treat! The first 2 were completely gone, but on bottle #3 and I hit paydirt.
This was stood up for more than a week, decanted and drunk immediately, although this note is about 1 hour after opening. It is still deep red in color with a slight orange tint, not betraying it's 34 years. Leather, coffee, barnyard, and cranberries fill out the nose. It is medium bodied, with obvious aged qualities. The tannins are soft and the acid is in balance. It finishes well without anything bitter and leaves you wanting more. The overall impression is that there is harmony and delicacy here, but not any particular power. It was probably better 5-10 years ago, but it drinks quite well now. 91pts.
First bottle (of 5) opened tonight from my recent auction acquisition. This was the lowest fill at mid shoulder. The rest are high shoulder or low neck. My total cost was about $20 per bottle. This bottle was stood up for about a week.
When the foil was removed the news was bad. There was significant wine on the outside of the cork, obviously years old. There was mold too, but the wine contingency was prominent. The color is rust and is very murky. The nose proves very port-like. On the palate this is flat and a little bit like what a port would taste like if it wasn't fortified and had no life left. I believe this is what is referred to as "madeirized", and on top of that it's tired. Oh well, it was worth a shot, and I still have some hope that one or more of the others will work out.