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Community Tasting Notes (3) Avg Score: 92 points

  • Negociant Philippe Raymond bottling, pristine condition ( Beautiful colour, dark red core with bright orange rim. Double decanted and drank 3 hrs later with friends (all younger than wine). Nice old Bdx, fruits and leather, elegant and sweet palate. Finish is unhappily a bit metallic and short. Drink within the next 5 years. Still a great pleasure, but none of the big wines.

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  • Expressive nose of ripe black and red cherries, cigar box, sandalwood, tobacco ... in the mouth, acidity is quite dominant with red berries, integrated tannins, a hint of sweetness at the finish to balance the high acids... not really a pleasure wine, but still holding pretty well at 60 years of age!!

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  • An absolute privelege. That would be the best comment on the wine, but down to details. The wine was blind, not decanted (which was a very good decision) and easily the best wine of the night. While we could tell it was aged, it's fullness in teh palatte led us to the 1970's. Though Cos actually came into the conversation, I actually leant towards Margaux, because of the fruit. I didn't pick up that sense of earth and leather that you often get in Cos. It would be hard to say that this wine was past it's best, because it was still in such good condition it showed how great the wine can be, and therefore scores points on that, not just the blind palette and nose. Once again we see how age can improve and enhance a wine immensely (pity it doesn't happen with us :-))

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  • By John Kapon
    Cos d'Estournel Vertical, 1/16/2011 93 points

    (Cos d'Estournel) The 1947 was thankfully our last oxidized wine of the night (DQ), and we quickly moved on to the 1952, which had an oaty nose. There was nice cassis there and big volume. The palate had good richness and flesh, and its fruit was still wound. There were excellent tannins still from this tannic vintage, ‘what it is,’ as Jean-Guillaume succinctly put it

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