For stamina. This wine has been impeccably well stored since acquisition upon release. Never seen a temp above 58 and for thirty of those years never above 53. Plenty rich but a pervasive iodine note if you will. 24 hours later of sitting on the sideboard, still very much alive and well. Remarkable.
In the glass, medium garnet (I didn’t get a good read on the bricking in the light). On the nose, my initial impression was of acetaldehyde, lean sharp green pyrazine (St. Julien, vineyards are 72% cab, 20% merlot, 8% cab franc), undertone of brett, and a glimmer of savory, distant fruit. Over time it opened up, but seemed fleeting. I needed to listen carefully and use some imagination to reconstruct it, but it had so many interesting things to say. I wish I were alone with it in a quiet well-lit room, free of other distractions.
On the palate my first impression was one of austerity and leanness. At first (and especially after the young Vermentino blend), I thought “This is like slightly bretty, oxidative, tart, tannic water". But then I seemed to get past the initial front and found it polished, refined, and expressive - intriguing and beguiling, even. I was struck by the many tertiary aromas that presented themselves, slippery and enmeshed. I definitely felt a lack of context to really understand this, but it was easy to be drawn in. TS Eliot’s quip about great art being easy to recognize, difficult to understand comes to mind.
No score, as I have no previous context. I’ve been curious about older Bdx for a long time - it was awesome to be able to taste this.
Shocked about this one. Mature color and nose, cork saturated but came out whole. Silky smooth right out of the bottle with typical graphite and ripe fruit. Got better and cleaner as the night went on. Decanted 3 hours. This is a case of a great, well stored bottle.
This bottle is part of a case I am working my way through, having got hold of it at a reasonable price due to its alleged 'over readiness'. So far we've had one properly bad one, one OK one and two very enjoyable examples. Lovely nose, leather, cigar box - very open, still some fruit - a short finish but well worth it. No doubt past its very best, but still a thorougly enjoyable bottle.
Decanted for an hour before dinner. Ruby-amber color. Smoky, cigar box nose. Medium body; flavors of red fruit, cedar, smoke, and baking spices. Short finish. Fully mature Bordeaux and probably on the downslope, this was nonetheless delicious. Drink up.
garnet with more color depth than expected, this bottle had a lot of life left. The tannins are fully resolved, with gentle faded roses and berries on the nose, and the palate was more fruit and flowers with nice high-toned acidity on the finish and it held up well. No reason to wait to drink this.
This bottles was recently purchased from Zachys, and appeared to be in very good condition, but it was not as fresh or vibrant as the last bottle I had (off a restaurant wine list). Somewhat one dimensional and lacking depth.
Still alive but not as much structure as I would like, as the tannins are completely resolved. The color was good and still a little fruit present, but not much depth or length. The secondary flavors weren't strong either, mostly cedar. Very nice mature claret, but nothing to write home about.
Beautiful, mature bottle of Barton. Still a surprisingly youthful, deep red color, with no lightening at the rim. Cigar box, roses, and earth on the nose. Lots of red raspberry fruit, and a surprisingly full, round palate. Not at all tannic or astringent as I had feared, in fact this was very well-balanced. It became even more complex after an hour or so in the decanter, and the last glass had an intriguing bubblegum note to it. Long, seamless finish. A really nice wine that paired perfectly with my food, and a steal at $96 off a restaurant wine list.
Edinburgh Offline (Peter's Cellars): (Served blind) Cedary, cigar box old claret nose. The colour shows a fair bit of age too. Soft and full. Lots of sweet fruit and soft tannins. A lovely, very interesting wine. Perhaps not something to drink too often though. Very Good Indeed.