BYO Dinner (Tocqueville): Lush, rich, vibrant red berry fruit. Major red and black liquorice. Some mint and menthol developing. Showing beautifully but definitely has a lot of juice remaining. Made for pleasurable drinking but should be left alone for another long while. A striking comparison to the '66 left banks enjoyed beforehand, have never encountered an '86 so juicy. Opulent.
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(Chateau Cheval Blanc St Emilion) A mature, brick-red hue. Very mature nose, all macerated plum fruit and damson jam, with a little mint on the side. Lovely, elegant finesse on the palate, with a full, creamy presence. A very fluid, lithe, seamless presence, really quite elegant, with plenty of plum jam and tobacco character. This is lovely wine. Drink now.
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