Popped this for my birthday celebration with my family at Peach Garden (OCBC). Lovely, extremely silky, melting tannins that sang on the palate. Acidity is still high and juicy. Mostly red fruits, showing cranberries, red cherries, pomegranates, strawberries(?). Oak is seamlessly integrated. Tertiary notes. Hints of earth. Very clean on the palate. So refined and elegant. Love this! Can rival the 1990 Lafite that I recently tasted.
Monopole: Faded brick-garnet rim;leather, leaves, coffee liqueur and red cherry, subtle green herbs/eucalyptus, cooked black plum, delicate and intriguing nose. Super silky and plush entry, tannins almost completely resolved, with very fine grip in the finish with just the right amount of lift and tart acidity to give the finish length. Slight graphite, mushroom note with sweet red currants at its core. This started off rather austere but gained weight after 20 minutes and opened up wonderfully and at the end of its peaking window. From 90 to 93 in 30 minutes.
I bought a couple bottles at a recent auction out of curiosity – and frankly this bottle was a pleasant surprise. I decanted for ~ 1 hour and served w/ grilled NY strip steak. The nose was muted with only hints of dark berries. Black cherries stuck out, but there was a sense of fading as the evening went on. A nice experience for aged Bordeaux.
Very dark garnet with some brick near the rim. Not showing much on the nose, but some subtle complexity in the mouth. Beautiful balance, decent body, with plum, blueberry and chocolate emerging on the finish. Nice showing for this wine, a very regal old Bordeaux. Pleasant to sip, but I wish I had a really fine steak to go with this...