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  • 1983 Château Climens

    From a pristine bottle, this wine had a gold center and clear rims. The high- intensity nose offered up lemons, light toffee, custard, and pears.

    In the mouth, this wine was light and crisp but had flavor that went on and on. It was the epitome of balance and length.

    This was class in a glass. While ready to drink, I am sure it will last for decades.

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  • 1982 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    Another bottle with a low neck fill, this wine had a red/purple center with some orange at the rim. I might have guessed a '95 from the color. The nose was quite serious at first showing crushed raspberries, violets and minerals. After it aired for a few hours the nose rounded out and was of medium+ intensity. Mocha and brown spice flavors surged into the forefront and pushed the aforementioned flavors into the background.

    In the mouth, this wine was ripe and rich as befits the '82 vintage. Yet, while the mouth-feel was ripe and round with moderate tannin, the flavors were so intense they assaulted your tongue. The mineral flavors dominated in the mouth for the first couple hours. After that, it rounded out further but it still never lost that dry, inky intensity.

    I have had this wine many times but I don't remember it having this dry intensity 5-10 years ago. It is not really a crowd pleaser and more of a showpiece for serious winos only. However, it has enough fruit that it could mellow out in 5-10 years and add a point or two. It is just tough to tell where it is going.

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  • 1990 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne

    From an excellent looking bottle with a 1.5 cm fill, this wine had a yellow/gold center and clear rims. The nose was off at first showing some ethyl acetate and it stayed funky for a while. Fortunately, the nose improved noticeably after 3 hours of air and was even better after 5 hours. It showed apples, lemons, almond paste, and white stone.

    In the mouth, this wine was thin and nasty when first poured. I was thinking it might be a bad bottle. It was a bit too woody after 1 hour. Amazingly, it was pretty darn good after 3 hours in a decanter. It had great richness, crisp acidity, and great length. The balance was impressive other than being a touch "steely".

    This was still not the best bottle I have had but it was still quite good.

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