I wanted to like this generous CNY offering much more than I did. Maybe it will appeal to all those necrophiliacs out there, but this wine, which had perfect provenance, really had little to recommend it. Some decaying wood, little fruit, good length, but at the end of the day, simply a wine 10-15 years past it's prime. As they say, no great old wines, only great old bottles. Given this has absolutely perfect provenance, any purchase of this wine would be, in my opinion, a very expensive gamble. To be honest, my score of 91 is very much influenced by the wine's label and age.
Not sure if this was the best bottle of this wine but the fruit is quite sweet and compelling with excellent intensity and fine tannins. Very mature with notes of decaying wood, soy and black spices. Quite layered and silky but lacked the precision and class of the two '61 second growths tasted alongside. 93?
I bought on release ( price on the bottle $33.95). Cedar, tobacco, spice, herbs and dark fruits on the nose. Lots of depth and fruit on the palate. Still quite alive and well. This is really in the pocket for drinking now. Loved it and my favorite of the flight.
A nose of mature Pauillac. Graphite, wet bricks and, with the progression to fully secondary and tertiary character. Poised, structured, and very long. beautiful if a little bit on the downhill slide. A pleasure to drink. beautiful. 93pts
Had in a drunken amazing week in Chamonix, France at Andy's house. Talk about embarassment of riches. This was tasted not too long before and after some amazing other very old first growths. While definitely fully mature, there was a bit of fruit left. Of course the tertiary flavors far dominated. Just a truly great old Bordeaux that I could never buy on my own and will never have again.
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(Latour) There were two more wines to go, although after the previous two pairs, almost anything would seem anti-climactic at this point, but the ’55 was up for the challenge. The 1955 Latour had a creamy, sexy nose with aromas of nut, A1 without the steak sauce, caramel, game, spice, citrus and leather from an S & M suit. It was rich, round and tasty, another sexy 1955. Caramel flavors and a hint of teabag were flat-out delicious. Engerer agreed, noting, ‘like ’62, a lot of energy’
(Latour) which had a very dirty nose. Mike felt it was a touch maderized, and there was a general sense of disappointment with this bottle at our table. The nose still had a lot of black fruits, a touch of sap, some carob, nut and that stinky, dirty edge. The palate was chalky, fine and long but should have been better. There were olives, some rust and more acidity here than the others so far. Wendy noted .a lot of alcohol,. and the wine clearly had the best raw materials so far, but it did not seem like it was all that it could be, at least as this bottle was concerned
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