Very typical Pauillac aromas of mushroom, leather, Worcestershire sauce and damp soil. No fruit to speak of, but whilst the nose is very tertiary, it is not lacking in power.
Attractive sweetness in the mouth, with fully resolved but nicely integrated tannin. Light in weight on the mid-palate, showing the limitations of the vintage. A medium-short finish, at least for a wine of this calibre. A trifle bitter as well.
Margaux is the place to be in 1981. Pauillac seems to be rather weak apart from the Latour.
Very top shoulder fill. Cork almost entirely soaked and had a hard time getting it out. A fairly dark garnet with no noticeable browning, looks a good 15 years younger than it is. Comes across correct but rather rustic initially but after about 30-45 min in the open bottle the wine opens up and the fruit fills out the previously rather lean mid palate. Forest floor and some potato chips on the nose, dark fruit and even some graphite on the palate, still surprisingly juicy, tannins entirely integrated, short to medium finish. A beautiful Pauillac from a vintage nobody remembers anymore. Of course no reason to wait as this will not get better but well stored bottle will drink ok for another 10 years.
Low neck fill, very good and firm cork. A bit funky at first, but that disappeared with some air. Complex and mature nose with truffle, earth, root vegetables and a bit of red berries. On the palate it is a bit lean, but balanced and elegant. Smooth tannins, good acidity, not much fruit left. Over all, very good and enjoyable, but not a grand wine.
Very fresh and pure nose of graphite, tar, briary fruits, sweet earth, cedar and violets. It is round and creamy in the mouth with a degree of polish and some black olive tapenade saltiness. There is a pleasant flavour reminiscent of an after dinner mint and the finish is fresh and crisp. A delicious luncheon claret that we enjoyed immensely with dinner.
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