corked - too bad, as there was LOADS of fruit left, and otherwise it still had an intense nose and palate. Note to self - STOP buying old bottles like these - even from the best of commercial sellers, they almost always turn out to be no good...
Tobacco, gravel, forest floor, earth, leather, tar, soy and memories of cassis made up the text book, mature Bordeaux wine aromatics. A little gruff in texture, yet, still with the charm of aged Claret, this fully mature wine finished with spicy, earth and cassis flavors.
Bought from auction. Cooked dinner around it. Opened and tasted at various times after that. Took a full 3-4 hours to develop but still held against time although tired. All enjoyed having some wine of this age and pedigree.
An historic note (recorded here Aug 06) but still my greatest wine ever drunk. This was a Wine Society bottling from the UK and that is important to note as I have had the chateau bottled version of this since but only rated that around 88 - it was not nearly as good. The Wine Society used very dark green bottles at this time and I think that might have had something to do with how youthful and well preserved this wine was. This wine was just essence of cassis on the nose and in the flavour, with mulberries/elderberries for depth, and it had a finish that lasted for ages. My hand written notes from the time say that it lasted well in the decanter for 3 hours but that it was at its best at 2 hours after opening. I wondered then if this was really the 1961 but with the wrong label stuck on the bottle but I have since had a chateau bottling of the '61 Lynch and it was not a patch on it. I have tasted all the first growths from numerous vintages and all the `super seconds' from Bordeaux since but none of them has yet come close to this amazing wine. It had everything one could wish for in a claret.
tasting date is approximate. having trouble finding notes for this bottle. i imagine that we tasted the wine at its peak. can't recall the details. however, since i saved the bottle, i believe that we found many more charms than have been described by others. a recent note indicates that the wine is no longer drinkable, so this shall remain an un-reaffirmed memory.
tasting date is approximate. no notes available for this bottle. this was probably one of our earliest acquisitions. believe we tasted alone since keith does not recall it. although i cannot offer a detailed tasting note, the bottle was kept for display, so the point score is offered in honor of a fond memory.
keith shared notes from his cellar book. good red color, soft at the rim, fruity aroma. still considerable tannin- full fruity flavor. shades of beaujolais? a little short on breed but overall a good wine. (this was a half bottle)