Aromas of dirt and crushed rose petals. Tannins have all softened. Smooth all the way through, low acidity. Wine has lost a bit of its power and tasted slightly flat, but not to a fault. Medium bodied, but an abundance of flavor still there, long finish. Complex, a mixture of dark fruit and earth, very slight spice of cinnamon. A very good bottle. Have one left, will have to drink soon.
Excellent Bordeaux . Typical nose of musty forest floor, pencil shavings, cedar. Very smooth. Got crushed by the 83 chateau margaux we drank with it. tasting notes were consisting with the nose of this wine. Short 10 min decant.
Dinner with Mrs L, Becky and Rob (Neighborhood, Hong Kong): Dark and intoxicating nose of cassis and pencil shavings that is so comfortingly Pauillac. From the depth of the nose, the richness of this wine is already evident. Dark and brooding at first, then opening up and brightening noticeably with aeration, this wine is really at a wonderful stage of its life. The rich layers of cassis fruit have a firm but velvety texture, thanks in no small part to the subtly exquisite tannins that time the master craftsman has spent over three decades refining. Happily, Mr. Time seems in no big hurry to finish the job -- this wine has at least another decade of evolution ahead.
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(Lynch Bages) The 1982 Lynch Bages (sourced from Chateau) was classic Lynch all the way. I think it caused Australian John to whisper ‘oy oy oy’ under is breath! The wine was big, dark and almost medieval with a dungeon-like complexity. Beef and minerals dominated the nose, with supporting nominations to soy, salt and animal. Its earthy palate was salty and spiny with that indoor cleaner, fresh edge that reminded me of the 1989. Australian John commented how this flight was ‘a step up’
(Lynch Bages) This showed fantastically. Just pedal to the medal old-school Bordeaux love in a bottle. Great freshness and delineations. Loads of pencil lead, tobacco and wild flowers. Tremendous minerality and precision. Very well made wine.