This bottle was ex-Mahler Besse, 2007 and appeared to be in excellent condition. All the more disappointing that it did not show well. Color was excellent and the immediate fragrance from the bottle was that of classic "Margauxberry." Unfortunately it was evanescent, to be replaced by a generic old wine leather and furniture polish smell. On the palate, decent energy and focus, tannins resolved. The overall impression is one of fatigue for a wine that was better a decade or two ago.
This was a well preserved bottle. The colour was still vibrant red with browning on the edges. The nose was still had somewhat fresh fruits among the dried herbs and cherries. The palate was very suave and classy with a structured mid palate and long seamless finish. I felt the acidity was rather high and did take away some of the tasting pleasure. Drank with the 1970 L'Eglise Clinet and was very youthful compared to the L'Eglise's matured state. I felt it wasn't as nuanced as the Pomerol. Would have been much better if not for the protruding acidity.
A great wine still drinking well. My experience was NOT popping the cork and enjoying the old wine–much more drama than that. While normally a rare wine like this would be served only in house, we decided to have corkage at a fine restaurant. To decide if the wine was even drinkable, I did a pre-corkage at home:
1. Opened the wine and carefully removed the still intact but crumbly cork. Decanted the wine and tasted. While there were not fatal flaws, the overall wine was not very good; Light fruit aroma, very unpleasant taste strong acidic. The important aspect at this early stage is that the wine was strong (in aroma and taste) with no fatal flaws of old wines such as port characteristics or other undesirable smells and tastes.
2. Wine was obviously not flawed, but had objectionable acid aftertaste and not much development. Poured wine back from decanter to cleaned out bottle. Use new cork to seal it and took it to restaurant.
3. Restaurant trip was delayed and we had to arrive 1 hour late. The wine, now open for 5 hours, was decanted. It obviously was gaining excellent qualities; nose was intensely flowery with cherry and lavender characteristics. The wine was classic old Bordeaux with strong delightful chutney dried fig leather flavors. Long aftertaste. Very good experience. The wine never felt faded or subject to age flaws. It absolutely needed a long opening to develop into a memorable aged Bordeaux experience.
4.I kept this wine in my wine cellar basement for 20years plus. Writing in the summer of 2016, I suggest that this wine is still good and very drinkable if time is given to it to come to life from its opening to a delayed service that will allow this classic wine to still provide much pleasure so many years from its harvest year.
Two visitors, three birthdays and seventeen wines from all over. (ABA Turkish Restaurant): From magnum and normally one of my top five or six favorite vintages of Palmer, I found this bottle a bit wanting. Suave and elegant in persona, there's wonderful earth, herb and cherry flavors and aromas and the complex secondary development one would expect from a top Bordeaux of this age, but there's usually more fruit and flesh showing and I certainly expected there to be more than there was from magnum. The acids also were rather high and stuck out a little. Not bad, but I expected more. B+.
Jims Large Format Dinner From magnum. I love this wine, even though it is approaching the end of its life. Incredibly elegant, pure, big bright fruits on an amazing attack. i thought this held up well. Bob thought it might be the WOTN, George thought it was drying out in the middle. I will drink my last bottle soon. One of my favorite Palmer vintages
Georges Notes: Very deeply scented, initial aromas of dark chocolate, smoke, and earth, with a deep layer of ripe black fruits aromas of plums and blackberries, touch of leather, a very sumptuous nose; sweet and ripe on the first taste, rich black plum and berry flavors; touch of spices and black pepper; in the mid-mouth this wine suffers from the usual issues with this vintage now, drying out and thinning out; more red fruit flavors emerge with rather sharp and intrusive acidity; pretty much the same on the finish; there is little future for this wine as it will continue to dry out more, but it is still a nice complement to food. (17.5)
While the perfume moves from roses to violets, the cigar box, earth and sweet cassis aromas remain constant. Elegant in style, the sweet, fresh cherry and tobacco on the palate is silky and refined. This is fully mature and unless your bottle is a large format or amazingly well stored, there is no reason not to be opening your bottles. This was popped and poured and barley improved in the glass, so I would not decant this wine if you're planning on popping a cork. The wine was made from a blend of 44% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place from September 26, finishing October 16.
Chateau Palmer Dinner (La Trompette, Chiswick): Deep colour. Quite youthful, black fruit, tobacco, touch of leafiness, gravel. Medium/full bodied, tobaccoey black fruit, fine tannins, touch of earth, good length finish with just a trace of tannin at the tail end. Excellent, in really good shape. ****1/2.
Ian A's Palmer @ Trompette (La Trompette, London): Lovely deep garnet. Palmer nose with a vintage overlay of slightly fresh greenness. A touch of leaf. Fresh and savoury. Fruit just about hanging in against the tannin-led spine. Slightly less evolved than a similarly good bottle a couple of years ago. ****
Started off poorly. Thin. Acidic. Touch metallic. With some air it really opened up. Great smooth palate. Tannins are aodt but still there. I don't think improves any. Not the best bottle we have had but still enjoyable.
While this bottle was perfectly sound, it was not one of the better showings for 1970 Palmer. The condition was outstanding, the color deep and the fill to just below the neck. Upon opening, there was a hint of the beautiful Margaux (Palmer) fragrance of mulberry and plum. On the palate, the wine was medium body with decent texture. But the fruit was muted, even accounting for age, and the acidity was prominent. Bottle variation is to be expected with even well preserved Bordeaux of this age.
Bright ruby core with a bouquet of mature red fruits, tobacco, spice and earthy layers. The palate was silky, fresh and quite vibrant. Well delineated with acidity, balanced and a lively finish. Still going strong 3 hours later. A very fine example of a 45 year old Palmer. The richest wine of the night.
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured. Light translucent ruby in the glass, with significant bricking at the rim. On the nose, again there is a metallic overlay that is distracting, with long distant memories of fruit; dried, decaying; still some pyrazine and earthy elements there, but overall, this is past it. On the palate, quite simple and tired. Lean and dry, with the acid totally taking over. Really unfortunate.
Year 3 - Super Tasting 1 of 5 - Dave does Birth Year Wines: Very difficult showing here from the '70 Palmer. Quite advanced with heavy bricking. The nose is entirely tertiary of soil, old furniture and an odd noxious gas aroma. While this was recently sourced from a reputable retailer I suspect there are better bottles of this out there.
Year 3 - Super Tasting 1 of 5 - David does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House, Kitchener, ON): I have had some very majestic vintages of Palmer over the years.....1961, 1978, 1983, 1989, 2000 etc. so have very high hopes when we had a new person joining our tasting group that was born in 1970.... Needless to say...the 1970 Palmer did not show up to the party. Nose showed some traces of fruit but this was really over the hill with a dominant metallic note. The palate was thin, metallic and boring....what a waste. DOA
Second Sunday Group: Margaux (M's): Faded brick color, obviously the oldest in the flight. Initial aromas of sweat socks, red fruit and horse blanket. The horse blanket quality follows through on the palate, along with sweet red fruit. Develops aromas of black tea leaf, berries and lavender. Nice acid, with red fruit and tea on the palate.
Properly stored from purchase upon release until consumed. beautiful color, no brown at the edges. Initial bottle funk blew off quickly. Lovely fruit-influenced perfume at first sniff. The fruit never resolved into identifiable elements, but the overall bouquet was red fruit and lovely. Perhaps most interesting for its longevity, youth and beauty. I suspect the fruit which was once there in abundance is fading, and any more of these should be drunk now.
This bottle is very well preserved, being ex-Mahler-Besse 2007 and I bought it a number of years ago from Acker retail. Level is VTS, almost neck. The cork is black and very moist but sound, surely the original. Color is garnet, some bricking at the very edge. What is so impressive is the way it simply refused to fade in the glass over a 2+ hour period. The bouquet is modest, but lovely, full of red fruit, berry and cherry. The signature 1970 acidity keeps it fresh, although just a bit too much much for perfection. If not for the acidity, this would be sweet and mellow. Nevertheless it's a beautiful wine at age 44 with absolutely no sign of fatigue.
Fully mature, this is not a wine to hold for more development. What you get is a sensuous, silky, velvet textured, sweet, fresh, vibrant wine with sensations of sweet, ripe cherries, plum, tobacco, truffle, forest floor and wet earth. If you want to get an idea on where your 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 will be with 40 years of age, the 1970 Palmer provides a perfect indicator.
TTTG Blind: Absolutely beautiful, captivating nose. Floral, leather, savory, soy, tobacco, bright red fruit. The palate certainly played second fiddle to the nose, especially as it faded with air. Light bodied, a slight bitter note, and somewhat drying with a medium-minus finish. However, the nose was worth the price of admission. My 2/6.
CT Tasting Group (Spencer's HOuse): My WOTN - Beautiful nose that jumps out of the glass, showing funk, leather and powerful fruit / currant. Palate shows similarly with well integrated and fresh red and dark fruit taking center stage , framed by well-aged earthy flavors. Tannins are still present and show consistently from entry through finish. Finished medium to medium-plus. This was best right from the bottle and did lose some of its presence and with air.
An outstanding showing. Totally seamless, layers of red fruit, earth, tobacco, dried flowers and some leathery funk all coming together on the nose and palate with a very silken, graceful mouthfeel. The structure's fully resolved here, and it shows at its best right out of the bottle, fading a little with more air - but this is a really lovely bottle and one of the best Palmers I've had.
From 750: Getting a little tired, from this bottle at least. Not the wine I last had ten years ago. Perhaps would have sored higher had I not had '78 Robert Arnoux Les Suchots the night before. Decadent voluptuous nose leads to a somewhat disappointing palate. Plenty of fruit remains but tastes almost over ripe. Lacks acidity and the tannic grip to provide focus and balance the fruit. Fair finish. This wine was bought at auction 10 years ago. Fill was very top shoulder, and the cork seal was adequate. Perhaps the previous owner (or owners) did not have good storage conditions.
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red/purple center with oranging rims. The medium+ intensity nose of black cherries, violets, brown spices, and soil was very nice. Unfortunately, this bottle was just slightly corked.
In the mouth, this wine was very refined with a fine-grained structure. It was ripe but very subtle. It had light rounded tannin and very good length.
While this wine is at its peak, it will last here for quite a few years.
Bordeaux Wimps (La Trompette, Chiswick): Medium garnet, medium pale mahogany rim. Earthy, mineral nose, a hint of something slightly musty (though certainly not corked), red fruits, fresh, slightly lean on the finish. ***
More austere and tired than the 1966, 1961 or 1978 versions of this wine. Took a very long time to open. Initially pretty dirty nose, with a borderline TCA sort of taint. Grew into something more fleshy and satisfying, with largely tertiary characteristic. Nice, but could think of much better ways to spend £100 on wine...
Very expressive, open nose, with black and a little red currant, mint, tobacco, and a foresty note. Light-middle weight, no obtrusive tannin left. Fresh and generous in the mouth, though not much texture to speak of--this is more about the smell than the taste.
Catena Zapata Winemaker Dinner (Betony): Just gorgeous. The nose shows lots of loamy, earthy qualities, violets, and beautiful deep cassis fruit underneath. Medium-bodied, beautifully elegant and silky, the fruit has faded just a touch and this is more savory, but there's enough fruit to cover the tannic structure, and the tannins are incredibly rich and smooth. Beautiful wine.
VEO tasting - Mature Claret (Restaurant Bordewijk, Amsterdam, NL): Crushed red fruit and minerals, almost Pinot Noir like elegance and fragrance, stunningly stylish, supremely elegant, almost on a par with the (much richer) 1961, so fresh and harmonious, still has the tannic grip and the balance to live to a distinguished old age. Incredibly delicious.
Stored in cold cellar since release. Fill borrom neck - cork broke perfect condition. For the genuine article only 73 cl. Elegance, complextity, finesse, length but no power. Perfect and classic. Will see 50 with ease. For those luckily born in 1970 a wine for sixty.
Stored in cold cellar since release.Bottom neck. Cork broke but perfect condition. Great Margaux from a great(?) vintage: elegance,finesse,complexity and length (3+ minutes): no power but that's Margaux For those who want the genuine article only 73cl! Will last to 50 with ease if properly kept. 40+ years ago I read in awe those who '28 and '29: all this can be blamed on English enthusiasts from Saintsbury onwards. Now I'm the same
Stored in cold cellar since release.Bottom neck. Cork broke but perfect condition. Great Margaux from a great(?) vintage: elegance,finesse,complexity and length (3+ minutes): no power but that's Margaux For those who want the genuine article only 73cl! Will last to 50 with ease if properly kept. 40+ years ago I read in awe those who '28 and '29: all this can be blamed on English enthusiasts from Saintsbury onwards
Very well preserved bottle: level very top shoulder. Showing well from opening. Color and rim suggest 20 years, not 43. Nose is light, but elegant, floral and pleasant. Just some hints of tertiary notes, still some fruit (blackberries, prunes), cedar, tobacco, leather, hay and the typical old Bordeaux metal/mineral/smoke identity. Good length, no signs of fatal tiredness. Well preserved bottles should continue to drink well for 5-10 more years.
Another brilliant showing for this perfectly preserved bottle, sourced from Premier Cru many years ago. Great color, just the slightest hint of orange at the rim. The rather faint yet pretty floral bouquet leads to a marvelously sweet rush of very lively taste of blue and blackberry with no tobacco or smoke. Silky smooth and perfectly balanced thanks to a very slight fruit acid finish. When Palmer gets it right, it is absolutely the equivalent of Chateau Margaux itself. It's perfectly logical when you see how the vineyards interdigital on the hallowed ground.
This fully mature Margaux offers an expressive nose of forest floor, earth, cinnamon, tobacco, cassis, stone and cedar wood aromas. With the texture of silk, wrapped in velvet, this elegant Chateau Palmer ends with a refined, plush, earthy, cassis and spice finish. This is fully mature. If well stored, there is no hurry to drink it. But it is probably not going to improve.
Dinner at home with Mrs L, Thomas and Carman (Hong Kong): I have a curious fondness for the 1970 vintage and try to buy every bottle I come across -- which these days isn't many. It's been 10 years since I first tasted a 1970 Palmer, and happily this particular bottle didn't show much aging relative to that last one. The nose is still beautifully fruity and floral in the usual charming Palmer style. Bright notes of red berries, sandal wood, dried orange peel give the fruity mid-palate a nice lift and vibrancy. There is plenty of life yet -- and a noticeable grip -- in the 30 sec+ finish. It's great to see you again 1970 Palmer old friend, let's meet again in 2023 -- let's see what shape we're both in by then!
Ian's Blind @ Medlar (The Medlar, London): Blind. Bright, light, some fruit behind this, sweet and evolved. Lifted. Light, bright acidity. Fragrant. Left bank, St Julien, maybe 79? No. Palmer70. Now, with 20-20 vision there is a richness to it, but it's fading and the acidity becoming more prominent. Holding ok, but time to drink up. (*)***
Precise, structured, and for me the best of the seven 1970's we had on this night. Always a great wine. I do think that these are past their peak, and while they will drink well for many years, should be put into rotation.
Alvin’s 60th Birthday Dinner (Le Gavroche): Similar colour to the ’81. This had a beautifully mature nose with notes of cedar, tobacco, earth, cherry and spice. At first the fruit on the palate was slightly dried out, but as it sat in the glass this 42 year old Palmer started to improve, becoming softer and silkier with perfectly mature ripe cassis and cherry fruit. The amount of acidity had this bottle ever so slightly out of balance, but that’s nitpicking. Solid length with some drying tannins on the backend. This definitely isn’t going to get any better so time to drink up. Excellent.
With older wines, it's always a gamble. Fortunately, this bet paid off in spades! With a perfume that deserves to be bottled and sold, due to its floral, truffle, tobacco, cassis, earth, cigar box, cherry and spice scented nose, the wine really took off on the palate. Sensuous, soft, sexy, silky textures and a beautiful, ripe, sweet, tobacco and cherry finish made this a stellar tasting experience. Splash decanted moments before serving, the wine remained at the same high level for 2 hours. It might have stayed in the sweet spot longer, but that was about as much savoring as we were able to do, with a wine that delicious.
Perhaps the best Palmer I have had. Two different bottles from two owners and both were gorgeous. Had side by side with 1983 and I preferred the 1970, thought the 83 is also a favorite. At its peak with no sign of fading
A perfect bottle of this great wine. Beautiful ruby color with hardly any fading. Very Margaux on the palate with a taut finesse and elegant texture. Then plenty of stuffing in the mid-palate with mature flavors of sandlewood, violets, spice and black fruits. Finishes so very complex with notes of tobacco, all kinds of spice and minerals. Peaking now and has the balance to hold for quite some time.
from and excellent looking bottle with a VTS fill, this wine look in the zone with a deep red center and tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed plum, black cherries, gravel, and brown spices.
As usual, this wine needed 4+ hours to show its best. It was fantastically silky, complex and had excellent length for such a subtle wine. This wine was the definition of balance with soft, integrated tannin. While I doubt it will get any better, it will certainly last for many years at this level.
This bottle, sourced from Premier Cru years ago and with neck level, was the best example of '70 Palmer I have had in years. Most of the others were somewhat dry and fruit-deficient. Not this one. Beautiful mulberry and violet fragrance was obvious although I wanted even more. Excellent mid palate presence and true finish. Almost delicate yet the beautiful soft berry fruit is exceptionally attractive. Very lively and no fade in the glass for over 2 hours.
From a vhs shoulder bottle, this wine looked strong with a deep red center and some orange at the rim. The high- intensity nose was captivating with black fruit, violets, minerals, a hint of led pencil.
In the mouth, this wine was soft and lush at first. Over the course of 3 hours, it developed a firm spine that was always fully balanced by lush, round fruit. This wine had super length and tons of class.
It was great to see this wine perform so well after an underwhelming magnum this spring.
Acker Merrall Inaugural Chicago Auction (Trump International Hotel): Served by Bernard de Laage from Chateau Palmer, somewhat of a "warm up" for me for our Palmer dinner the next night. Mostly secondary aromas with good floral elements. Some more black primary flavors on the palate, also showing good spice. Lean finish. This convinced me to find my 1971 Palmer to bring to dinner the following night, in addition to the 1955 i was already planning to bring.
Again drank on Mackie's birthday. The level was low but .tThis bottle was exceptional. Beautiful nose of an aged bordeaux, pencil lead, tobacco, hints of soy wrap round by dark fruits giving layers of aromas. Silky on the palate. Very feminine, smooth tannins that holds the wine toether so well. Fruits showing well despite its age.
Top shoulder/bottom neck fill, cork in good shape, came out in one piece, no evidence of seepage. Popped, breathed in bottle 90 minutes, consumed over next two hours. Fabulous aroma and flavors of lead pencil, tobacco shop, layers of red and black fruits, iron, savory herbs, lavender, nice acidity, some smooth light tannin in finish, lots of life left -- drinking wonderfully.
Restrained nose at the beginning, but later this started to come up nicely. Complex all across with persistent tertiary flavors. Very much alive and rocking- nice tannins and texture. I think this is just perfect to be enjoyed now. We decided to decant this wine to avoid sediment but this also helped to open it up. It would probably help to have decanted for longer period. The last glass was much more generous than the first- and this was about 40min after we opened. I would decant this wine for 1h to start. Really great!
bottle seemed to be in good shape (VTS), but wine was in decline. Rusty, lost most of its ruby color, sour and one dimensional old taste. Did improve slightly during the two hours or so, but this bottle was definitely years past its prime. Pity.
from a well stored bottle that was in excellent condition: fill level at the base of neck.
Medium color, no amber at the edge. The nose was reticent at first and after an hour or two began to open up a little...red fruit and acidity was clearly detectable, but no real nuance or added dimensions. The taste was similar. I struggled to find any true defining characteristic to the wine, it was very simple and no length to speak of. Acidity was present and by the end (3 hours later) overshadowed the fruit.
it was pleasant drinking, nothing objectionable, but feels to me this is past its peak
From an excellent looking magnum with a bottom neck fill, this wine looked solid with a deep red center and oranging rims. It is worth noting that the cork crumbled but I don't think this was an issue. As usual, this wine was in a bit of a funk when it was first decanted. The nose was sour and the wine tasted acidic with a slight cardboard/cork flavor.
The wine slowly got better and, after 3 hours, it developed a medium intensity nose of dusty cherry fruit, soil, thyme, and brown spices. In the mouth, the wine was silky, round and lush on the attack but it had good acidity and notable rounded tannins. The flavors noted in the nose lingered in my mouth in the sneakily long finish. In fact, as the wine aired, the tannins became firmer to the point where the wine seemd just a bit astringent.
Based on this one sample, I would say this wine needed a bit more meat on the bones to make it to a Parker 95. Clearly, this wine will last for decades but it is unclear to me how much better it will get.
Top shoulder bottle but otherwise ok and from the trusted cellar of Aubrevoir in Athens. Needs decanting as there is a ton of sediment and the wine benefited from 30 minutes aeration. Colour is youthfull. The nose is open and beautiful. Very old style bordeaux. The palate is alive and vibrant for a 41yr old. Fully matured and very elegant. Really a joy to have this but unfortunately not a cheap excercise.
Finally a '70 Palmer that lived up to its lofty but often unfulfilled reputation. I purchased this bottle from Golden West many years ago. Level low neck. Mature but deep garnet. Terrific Palmer perfume at it's best, a flower garden of violets and all shades of roses. Velvety texture, firm entry and intense finish. It's hard to believe this wine is 40 years old but so vigorous there are no tertiary characteristics.
1970 Palmer opened with smoke, truffle, earth, leather, blackberry and cassis aromatics. This bottle offered textures on the lean side. The wine finished with spicy cassis and strawberry flavors. I've tasted better, fresher examples of this wine. It reminded me of what the 95 will probably taste like at full maturity.
Pristine bottle with into neck fill. Captivating bouquet of licorice and black fruit. In the mouth everything is in harmony, lovely fruit and soft tannins and the after taste goes on for a while. lovely.
A great bottle of Bordeaux, but perhaps not worthy of reputation. 12 bottles tasted, all bottom neck. Cedar, tobacco, currant, blood orange and dusty leaf nose. Complex but lacking a bit of intensity on the nose. Slightly lacking in fruit on the palate for the acidity level. Great wine overall.
Definite brown; Cedar, old drawer, tea; Fresh acidity, quite elegant, the acidity carries the wine – not tannins or body. The acidy has a twist of black currant (albeit not in a fruity way). Definite and archetypical bdx
I was quite worried about the mid shoulder condition of this auction bottle. Initially mostly aged orange peel. After an hour recorked in bottle, much more impressive. Ethereal, earthy, tobacco and complex. Acidity, fruit and alcohol are well harmonized. Perhaps not as stupendous in the mouth as the nose suggested. A civilized drink compared with the preceding 99 Brunello Riserva. No, not quite the same league as the 83 Margaux or for that matter the 89. But at 40 years of age, this is drinking well and will not hesitate to buy more on auction.
Pre-Auction Tasting - Chateau Palmer 1970-1983; 5/7/2010-5/12/2010 (Edmonton, AB): Ullage just below shoulder.Attractive medium ruby/garnet in colour; initial aromas required some coaxing in the glass, but included some black currant fruit along with smells of freshly cut cedar; continued to open up with more swirling; elegant and stylish - nicely structured and showing fine harmony of the elements; with excellent sweet currant fruit; glides over the palate, where the sweet black currant fruit is mouthfilling, some spicy accents; and extending out to a long finish. Still evidence of some soft tannins
Decanted for one hour. Top shoulder fill and signs of past seepage. Garnet core with a brick rim. Beautiful and seductive nose of leather, black fruit, loamy currant, licorice, sweet tobacco and hot stones. Surprisingly youthful. I am enamored with this fountain-of-youth-Margaux. Truly the best Palmer that I have had (Never had '61 or '05). The layers are evident and very egalitarian. Soft tannins and a minute long finish. This is an exceptional bottle and lives up to it's legendary status. Bottles in great condition will still have at least ten more years. The mid-palate is perfect. There's still a decent amount of fruit and over the course of three hours this stupendous claret really developed. I would have guessed this to be from '86 meets '88. Drink now - 2020.
Decanted & served immediately. Lt color w/orange tinge. Perfumed nose lasting an hr. Well balanced - tannins are soft, fruit, acid, alch all in balance. Finish soft, elegant, lush. Fantastic wine and still holding up.
Cork way down (3cm) so I guess it turned out ok for the way the bottle has been kept. Nose was great with ripe fruit, cassis, cigar box and floral notes (mainly violets). Soft and velvety, high acidity, finish is slightly metallic but improved with time.
New Year's Eve 2009-2010 (Our House (2033 Brandywine St., Philadelphia)): This is very good but (this bottle at least) may be on its last legs. A bit oxidized. Leather, tobacco and red fruit on the nose. Good acidity and red fruit on the palate. Very interesting development here for 40 year old wine. A slight bit bitter at the back end of the palate. Moderate finish.
New Years Eve (Collingswood and Philadelphia): I dont have too much experience with Bordeaux of this age. The cork was not in good shape, having almost fallen into the bottle, but the wine seemed in good condition. very secondary, white black pepper, leather, and tobacco notes dominating. A little bit sour late on the midpalate, and a bitter finish.
Certainly a wonderful drink, but it suffered in comparison to the '66 we drank along side it. This bottle was in great condition, VTS level, long moist cork which came out in one piece. The bouquet was pleasant enough, with the ususal cedar, blackcurrent and spice, but I detected a hint of alcohol on the nose although not on the palate. Full bodied, intense but not as absolutely pure as the best examples can be. It's excellent, but not stunning. Could the '70 Palmer be in decline?
What an outstanding wine. Still fresh with plenty of fruit I was guessing it to be a wine that was 15 years younger. The nose was incredibley complex; classic Margaux "perfume" with a myriad of undertones that ranged from forest floor to mint and a bit of plum. Two others at the table picked up notes of licorice (though I must confess, I did not). The mouthfeel was feminine, elegant and sexy. Not a powerhouse, but not lacking anything either. The finish was long and smooth. This wine was beautifully balanced. I keep coming back to its' aromatics which were riveting. Highly recommended and at peak drinking.
Mmm, this is stellar wine. Not decanted until we got to the restaurant. This immediately greeted me with lovely notes of tobacco. As it aerated there was a hint of mint, plum cake, and sandalwood. Soft as silk, indescribably complex, utterly delicious. We followed the bottle for 2.5 hours. Just textbook Bordeaux at a lovely point of maturity.
We drank this yesterday for Mackie's birthday along side Grange 88 and Latour 88. 3 very different wines with such contrasting characters. We started with the Grange and it did not disappoint. Such a sweet nose. Very feminine but very forward with all the fruits and floral notes showing up front. Good length to prolong the enjoyment. This should be a good lead into the Palmer. The nose was wonderful, light floral notes, frehness of the forest floor - interesting for such an old wine - and on entry it initially surprises us with its 'weakness'. On airing, it opened to be expressive and though it lacked the fullness fo the Grange, the subtle femininess was most enjoyable. Probably deserves a higher rating.
This bottle was ex-Mahler-Besse 2007 and it looked pristine. I decanted it for about an hour and a half, but in retrospect, that was not enough. There were no flaws in the wine - it was excellent - yet it somehow never reached the heights, either in aroma or flavor, of the very best examples of '70 Palmer. There was more acidity than usual but not excessively so. It improved in the glass over a couple of hours at the restaurant. I quite liked it, but did not fall in love.
With tobacco, truffle, cassis, spice, blackberry and floral aromatics, this concentrated wine filled your mouth with elegant, dark berries, cherry and coco. Fleshy, rich and round, this mature wine is still young and will only get better from here.
(Ex- Mahler-Besse 2007, original cork, VTS level). Good color for age, very firm cork which came out intact. I tried to get something thrilling out of this bottle since by reputation (and past experience) the '70 Palmer can be magnificent in both fragrance and palate, but it was not to be. The high acidity characteristic of the vintage was there which kept it fresh over the 2 hours we sampled it. The tannins were slightly coarse though and the fruit was muted and unfocused. Could it have been very slightly corked despite appearance and pedigree?
This bottle was sourced from Golden West (SF) so I must have purchased it many years ago. The condition was excellent, with a VTS level. The cork was firm and moist and came out intact. There was not much on the nose here; certainly none of the famous "margauxberry" perfume this wine can sometimes have. But on the palate, it was very satisfying indeed; rich, intense and long. Firm tannins, notes of blackcurrent/cassis and tobacco. Really good stuff but perhaps a bit too stern.
This example lacked the elegance and complexity found in the best bottles. Ruby with bricking and offering more of a bright fruit profile than is usually found in 70 Palmer, this bottle was not a perfect example
While just about outstanding, I had greater hope for this recent Acker Internet purchase since it was a recent release from Mahler-Besse. Mildly pleasant to smell, but no resemblance the the famously beautiful Palmer bouquet at its best. Nice weight and texture, totally integrated by now of course and without fatigue. Pleasant dark berry flavors of some complexity. A very, very nice wine but by no means spectacular.
Cork solid but wet all the way through, and label was soiled, but wine was fine. Heady nose of sweet fruit and raisin. Slight bitterness and acidity on the palate after some breathing, gradually softens into the slightly syrupy sweet fruit of balanced fine aging merlot.
Hugh's magnum, excellent appearance, but surprisingly dull in a bad night for Bordeaux at the Cataldos food and wine blowout weekend. Nothing out of place, not corked or oxidized, but surprisingly mute and modest.
IWFSC Governors Lunch (Custom House): Tasted from three separate bottles and all were in excellent (and consistent) shape - surprising! Lovely crimson red color. Nice lush round nose of black fruit and some spice. Beautiful floral black fruit palate with a long cedar finish. Drinking perfectly.
Very youthful in color and appearence.... great core of fruit... I opened this decanted and poured it to the group blind along with the '75, '83 & '89 in a vertical. One very experienced Bordeaux taster thought it might have been a '90. It had the band-aid nose that is most often associated with the Cordier label and that through some off track. Cold at first after 1/2 hour in the glass and warming up it began to develop secondary and tertiary flavors. A very solid showing, additional well stored bottles will last for many years..... I purchased this bottle in London in '94 while studing at the London School of Economics.
This was a late night opening as Justin was still thirsty. Lovely bottle. Opens up with the dirty smells, but after half an hour this blows off. Gorgeously supple and complex wine that is only a year younger than me. Very distinct spice and leather on the nose. Amazing texture and fruit. This kept opening, deepening and sweetening for a few hours. My favorite wine of the evening.
Popped and recorked at home, 1/2 hour later decanted and drank immediately at the restaurant. The bottle had good levels and the cork was in good condition. Very youthful color despite being a 37 year old wine. Very nice, seductive nose of cassis, lilies and a touch of earth and herbs. In the mouth, very pleasant and rounded. Great acidity which should mean that it can last a bit longer but somehow I thought this bottle was a bt "tired" and lacked that extra depth.
JF's Birthday (JF's place, Tucson): Beautiful, elegant, floral notes on the nose. On the palate, this is wonderful and gorgeous. Beautiful fruits - plums mostly. Leather. Great earth and minerals. Just a gorgeous wine! My WOTN. Group's #2 WOTN
Sheesh, this wine is an utter knockout! It's hard to believe this is 36 years old, as it drinks like a baby. A stunning nose of flowers, leather, soy, hoisin, quite fresh actually despite the heavy Asian descriptors. The palate is loaded with ripe fruit, plums, tobacco yet with a nice edge of acidity and is just toothsome. Man oh man, this is about as good as any Palmer I have ever tasted. Wow!
This is by a long way the best example of '70 Palmer I have had in many years. It was purchased from Chicago Wine Company eons ago; very, very top shoulder fill and deep ruby color almost to the edge. Really splendid in the mouth; velvety, floral (violets), sweet and persistent. Strangely, there was almost no aroma, but what little could be coaxed out of the glass was enticingly beautiful with that very special Margaux flower garden perfume. This bottle seemed young, with many more years of life.
Dinner at Mina's with Wilf and Peter Marks, MW. This showed much better than I had ever imagined. Has to be one of the stars of the much heralded vintage that never came around. This is a beautiful expression of Margaux terroir. Silky smooth. Time to drink though.
The 1970 Claret Vintage (John G's): WOW! Gorgeous wine. Youthful, vibrant and acidic. Nose is gorgeous with loads of sweet ripe red plums. Great strawberries, gravel, slate, and a touch of earth. Really wonderfully complex, with great tannins. Outstanding wine.
This is the best bottle of this wine I have had in years, mostly because it had the perfume and vigor it displayed a decade ago. Marvelous violet flower fragrance is the best part; the cliche "perfume" is not an exaggeration here. Losing color as might be expected at age 35, but on the palate there is a surprising amount of energy and the finish is clean if not especially long. Too bad they are not all like this one. Gently fading but this bottle refuses to lose its pulse.
Château Palmer: Attractive medium ruby/garnet in colour; slightly vegetal nose disappeared on swirling, and began to exhibit more cedar and deep fruit; initially somewhat reticcnt in showing its depth and concentration of fruit, but it opened up with more time; elegant and stylish; harmoniously structured with excellent sweet currant fruit; glides effortlessly over the palate, extending out to a long finish; fruit and spice continue, with still some tannins evident to assure longer life.
This rating is for a magnum Hugh brought to Trina for our Bordeaux tasting. It does indeed taste about 5 years younger than the same wine out of 750s, so merits an outstanding rating for its richly plummy merlot dominated fruitiness, more than decent bouquet and positive finish. Even so, I think this wine is past its outstanding best. This is a wine that is/was more enjoyable for its pure fruitiness than its secondary nuances, attractive as they are.
Light red colour with clear browning at the rim. Scents of camphor and dried leaves. Wonderfully soft and round in the mouth with an orange truffle -> orange peel like flavour impression. Perfectly mature for drinking now, and not showing any signs of going downhill. There was an interesting and very attractive inky character to the taste - sounds weird but it was very nice. There seemed to be plenty of structure for further aging. Great balance and style. 91 points
Verticale of Chateau Palmer (Toulouse, France): My notes are not that precise any more since we have started with the lunch. The nose is old, past its peak, and the wine is fluid, lacking and slightly oxydized. Still rather nice palate and long finish. I am a bit puzzled and try '71, and I am shocked when I learn it's the '70. Another disappointment after the '86 - on the other hand, oxydized doesn't sound too good...
Opened for Tracy's belated birthday celebration. Wow, might suffice for this wine. Beneath the capsule there was lots of mold and mildew. The cork, however, came out completely intact. The enormous nose was present from first open. It displayed what I consider the classic Bordeux nose, cedar, lead pencil, bramble, and black cherry. I could have just enhaled this aroma all night. The palate was also classic, with cedar, super sweet red and black fruit, and a touch of chocolate. At first, this wine was a touch thin for a great Bordeaux, but after an hour in the decanter it had picked up tremendous body. This wine is fully mature and ready to drink. Wow.
Wine tasting. Good floral elements on nose work well with some lingering fruit and good mushroom aromatics. Wine still has a tannic backbone as well as lots of energy. Palate still has some good black cherry fruit. everything really works together. Quite impressive. Gently weakening but not quickly.
Bright disc. Deep red-brown with orange rim. Clean nose, with moderately-intense (after 10 minutes of aeration in decanter) leather, earth, cigar box and ripe plum. After 30 minutes of aeration, vanilla appears. The wine is medium-bodied on the palate, and the tannins have largely melted away. The flavors are complex and similar to those on the nose. The finish is long and smooth. This wine is very pleasant now and should remain pleasant for a few more years, but I would have preferred to have had it at a more youthful point.
Regional Wine and Sprit Rare Wine Tasting: more youthful looking than the Petrus 1970 - still some dark red tones. On the nose not as compelling as the Petrus 1970 (perhaps due to the amount of CS?) - some vanilla, licorice, smoke, earth and VA. The wine has a velvet texture, not great structure and is not very long - seems a bit watery in the finish - showing its tannins - drink up.