Bordeaux 1961 - Mini Horisontal (Le Sommelier, Copenhagen): Smokey hay on the nose with a little green bell pepper and misc spices. Mild and pleasant palate with leather but only a little fruit left. Lacks a little flavor but otherwise a very "comfortable" wine. Compared to other notes the bottle was perhaps a little off?
Perfect condition. Amazing appearance as this was far from having a brick color, clear, not turbid at all. Nose was fantastic with note os earth, smoke and exotic spices. Palate was perfectly well balanced. Acidity was just perfect, silky tannins, medium body. Great finish with a classy character.
I picked up this bottle from KL back in October, right after they acquired it from the Mahler-Besse cellar in Bordeaux. It was in near perfect condition (one of the CT 61 Cos label images is my bottle) with the fill still into the neck of the bottle. We opened this to celebrate a friend's 50th birthday. Cork was extracted 100% intact using an Ah-so and the wine was consumed over the next hour. It's hard to explain just how great this wine was and it's a testament to the fabulous conditions under which it has been stored for the last 50 years. The color was a beautiful browning red with brick edges. On the nose, scents of loamy earth dominate mixed with lively red berry notes. I was amazed at the complexity and structure still present on the palate with great acidity and lots of fruit still present that lingers to a nice finish. It felt like a Cos d'Estournel from the late 80s that could still hold out for another decade or more. As expected, there was plenty of sediment to deal with towards the end of the bottle. Given the experience of opening and enjoying this rare wine, scoring it would result in an unfairly biased 97-99 so we'll leave it at that. There were 11 other bottles in that case when I picked this one out back in October so hopefully whomever has them has an equally rewarding experience.
I always welcome the opportunity to sample old Bordeaux, each one offering an education - a snapshot of time and place, weathered by the unpredictable winds of time (and storage). The fruit has since gone, leaving a skeleton of some interesting acidic and oxidative elements, tanned leather, and little much else.
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(Chateau Cos d'Estournel St Estèphe) English bottled. A good density here, a mature claretty hue out to the rim, and an interesting nose, of wet stones, cool minerals, mushrooms and just a little vegetal note in the background. It takes a little while to open up, but as it does so it becomes apparent that this is very classically styled. Full, a nice weight, good fruit and firm acidity. This has a good presence, with a light, elegant, rather detached texture. Slightly hot on the finish, starting to show its failings here. Will be going downhill soon I think. Drink up now.
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