Impromptu gathering (Washington DC): Top shoulder fill and still sound cork. Upon opening noticeable VA from the bottle. With a bit of air, bright red fruits, a hint of cherry preserve, light caramel, slightly hint of balsamico and leather. Fully integrated harmonious palate, exceptional concentration, sweet and sour fruit driven palate impression , bright acidity due to VA and fully integrated tannins. Noticeable VA which is not so unusual considering how old the wine is. If you enjoy old clarets, this will be a good wine to seek at auction.
A very good bottle here. Quite mature in its flavor profile with lovely notes of truffles and dry, dark fruits with strong notes of graphite minerals. The tannins are soft and resolved and the testure of the wine is firm but velvety with VG complexity on the finish where the graphite minerals take center stage. Very fine, mature Claret!
Gave it a 6 hour ‘Audouze’ and it was humming when we got to it. Smells like an old chesterfield lounge with notes of leather, sweat and teak. It has a delicious sweet core of fruit and plenty of true, savoury tertiary character. There is a salty seaweed note and it finishes with a kiss of acidity and sweet resolved tannins. A cerebral wine that absolutely draws you in with every sip.
Dinner with the boys at Caprice, Four Seasons. One of five bottles picked up at an Acker auction last year. One consumed already and I knew this was the bomb. Tonight's wine of the night amongst a trio of 61 First Growths which was a bit of a surprise. Mid-shoulder but original bottling so these things are to be expected. Still dark ruby on pouring, nose immediately open, rich leather, dark cherry, tabacco, very spicey, wonderfully complex and seemingly much younger than its 68 years! On the palate, rich and deep, again could be something from the 80s. Better than the 61 which I find has a certain dry edge at the end. This goes on and on, deeply satisfy and thought-provoking. JK's (special surprise guest appearance from NY!) comment "the 45s are the best wines of the 20th century" and he has drunk enough of the great vintages of the 20th century to say that with some authority. Help up very well in the glass and went down a treat. Really happy I still have 3 left!
20 Vintages of Château Léoville Las Cases: Although mid-shoulder fill this one had surprisingly much red, fine long brim, meat juice and forest floor on the nose, and – surprisingly – some mint as well, complex; very clear fruit, tannins still lively. Long, complex, and intense wine.
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