70s French Wines (Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant, Forum): Tasted blind. Dark ruby and vibrant hues. Fresh and vibrant, lifted bouquet of floral, blackcurrant, dark cherry, sweet spice & licorice. Elegant and showing nice fruits, amazingly holding so well so fresh. Nice entry, still robust, young with loads of fruits. Blackcurrant, dark cherry, spice and earthy undertones. Vibrant acidity lead to a long persistent finish. Seamless and harmonious. What a sensational effort as it tastes like a good 80s or even 90s. Judging that Château Pavie has not made its name in those days. This is so impressive and voted as WOTN unanimously by the group.
To my slight surprise this was the second '79 we have drunk this year alone, which marks a severe ramp up in consumption given that I bought 6 bottles in 1983 and still have 2 left. Currently the Wine-Searcher price is between $180-230 but I note an eBay auction in Germany where the current bid is a mere $5. There is always that nagging question, do I drink or do I sell? Well I never got in the game to profit so it really is a moot point.
The level was very generous at the neck, higher than the previous couple. The cork came out entire, in pretty good nick although soft and sodden. The color fantastic, all garnet red with a white rim, no yellowing in evidence. As before, notable berry fruit combined with the civilized aromas of oak. Still two left to go is the nice closing thought.
We last drank one of these in 2007, some 19 years after consuming the first. I am slightly shocked to see that my reaction in 2007 is little different from what it is this evening, all the more so since I declared to be slightly disappointed in 1988.
The label had come off during an inundation of the cellar (well if the cork is good, what should that matter?). The cork came out entire, although fragile, and the level was below the shoulder.
Of course one tends to be biased with things one loves, but I do not exaggerate the deep garnet clarity with just a faint fading in the rim. Lovely bouquet of old drawing rooms and books; but on the palate is where it shines with bright currant fruit that lingers an age. How few people probably get to enjoy a Bordeaux at the right maturity. We are blessed; and three still to go.
Still interesting and enjoyable to drink. Despite there being virtually no fruit on the nose, this smelled very interesting and delicious. The palate still had a small amount of fruit intact with a good amount of structure still present. A nice length finish showcased many interesting secondary flavors. An enjoyable drink overall.
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.