MIT Sloan Fellows Forum - Meeting and Dinner in the Provinces: From a magnum. With the main course, we went with 2 birth-year wines (01 and 95) in honor of Meredith and Charlotte joining the MIT group for dinner. Drank side by side with Lail/J Daniel Cuvee (01). Both had close to 3 hours in the decanter before drinking.
Will borrow prior notes from Dec/12: "Nicely aged, medium purple, some thinning at the edges. Nose was fresh and elegant. Some funk one the opneing, blows off in about 15 minutes. Nose was blackberry, cassis, graphite and cedar. After about an hour picking up some burnt sugar. Palate of sweet cherries, currant, cedar. Fruit and acid and well balanced. Tannins resolved but still present. Medium finish."
The extra decant time and maybe the magnum format...but this was really beautiful wine this evening...better than I remember the prior bottle. We lingered over this for a while, was what great Bordeaux is when it hits its stride, elegant, devine and contemplative...beautifully paired with tenderloin and vegetables.
Cork crumbled a bit upon opening. Graphite, sweet tobacco, sour cherry, and plum. Lighter than expected, with a demure elegance, if not quite grace, to it. Could have picked nicely aged high-end Barbaresco before St. Julien. Decent bit of sweetness held up over a few hours, though, as mentioned, rather one-dimensional, at least at hour ~4. Cassis and menthol emerging with time. This would be downright divine with any sort of roast with herbs de provence and a starch based side.
Very nice, but decent QPR. Nothing mind-blowing or fascinating about this, and thinner than I would have liked.
Decanted for 2 hours; medium purple color showing some age; nose of tea leaves, cassis, cedar, leather, tobacco; savory palate for me, some cherry and currant flavours add sweetness, tea leaves, cedar - medium finish
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(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) This wine has a dense red hue, with a rim showing some maturity. Somewhat diffuse, muddy fruit on the nose, difficult to pin down. Full and rounded on the palate, medium bodied, with roasted fruits. There is a structure that needs to integrate, the tannins are still quite evident, matched by correct acidity. Overall it seems dull, withdrawn. Not showing very well at present, this wine needs another three to five years at least.
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