Hint of farmyard on the nose, but unmistakeable cedar and pencil too. Clearly fully evolved and probably in gentle decline, but fading fruit compensated by leathery complexity. Served slightly on the cool side, which probably helped. Highly enjoyable.
The cork was still in good shape and it came out nicely using a Teflon coated Pull Screw. The wine was decanted with only a light sediment left behind. The color was light with a slight tile on the edge. The bouquet was a beautiful cedar and tobacco with a bit of dead leaf and saddle. There is also a bit of iodine and minerality. The taste is consistent with the bouquet. there is very little tannins left in this wine. The texture was of medium body even though the color of the wine was very light with a great deal of transparency. It is a very enjoyable wine of great complexity and with still enough fruit to hold interest. The fruit was also very evolved although not at all over the hill. Some may consider this wine past the peak of the plateau but I feel that it is well compensated by utmost complexity and with just the right type of profile for a mature claret. A lighter wine is a very good thing when the flavor is full and the complexity is all there. I would consider this wine at peak maturity myself. Loved it with a properly prepared French menu.
Slight discolouration, orange-red, rusty. Also pretty evolved on the nose, cedar, spice box, earthy, leathery, plummy - expressive and pretty opulent. On the palate not a lot of concentration, a bit tired, mineral, hardly any tannins, subtle, round, lacking grip, medium- finish, nice, but not much depth. Drink up, past its peak. 87-88
Lovely mature Bordeaux nose, woody, very balanced and elegant wine, silky tannins, hints of dark chocolate, a bit of lime, lots of sweet dark fruits and cherries. Not too complex, and its flavour seemed on the decline, but still an easy drinking and enjoyable wine. Went perfectly well with my seafood dinner!
Decanted for only one hour as worried it may be a little too evolved. A deliciously mature nose with cassis, graphite, rich tobacco and a core of mature fruit cake. A lighter palate than the nose suggests, but well developed. Tannins are fully integrated and the fruit has almost gone, replaced with tobacco, leather and old cedar with just a touch of sous-bois. Elegant, refined and only 12% abv - classic claret and just as it should be. Probably a tad past its best but a lovely way to toast my final diploma exam today!
Drank one of 5 remaining in the cellar. Info says we should have consumed by 2007. Wine has begun to brown out. Probably past its peak but still a nice bottle of wine. Nice nose, good fruit, flavor opened over an hour or so.
Nice dark blood colour with a fig, leather and oily nose. Same soft and caressing texture. Less complex than previous bottle and floral fruits led into sweetness on the end, though balanced with earthy notes and overall feeling of mossy age. Very enjoyable to finish off an evening.
Just an evening to compare some juice w/ friends: Opaque blood colour - even darker than the '97 Cos beside it. Rich nose with leather oil, fig and nuts. Really velvety and stroking texture. Light body. Medium finish with some cassis, elder flower and dust. Lovely, fresher feeling than expected.
Good color, seems rather youthful. Tannins are fully resolved, and there are mature notes of leather and tobacco, but the fruit is reasonably lively for a 16 yrold lesser wine. The fruit is more red plum than black, and does have a little bit of the roasted notes that can distract in the 1990s. This is not especially deep or complex, but a nice soft Bordeaux. Blind Ibet I would have guessed Right Bank (merlot), though label says it is 45% CS, 40% Merlot, 10 % CF, 5 % PV. This isn't a great Bordeaux, but a decent mature Bordeaux with roast chicken isn't a bad way to dine.
Hours to open up. At first, very bretty and metallic. Opened up with leathery notes and dried prune and blueberry fruit. Long finish with tarry notes and dried flowers. Perhaps a little past peak, but overall exceeded its station rather remarkably. Paired excellently with Roast chicken with mushrom mac-n-goat cheese