Dinner at Park Palace with the IT guys (Park Palace): Wow. Definitely a bottle with very good provenance. Deep ruby-red, with just slight bricking at the edge. Very good nose, with secondary aromas intermixing with smoke, cedar, tobacco. The palate showed much younger than its 53-yrs age. Still a lot of (black) fruit intact, great mouthfill - nice freshness, smooth tannins and long. This had more weight than the '61 GPL that I tasted recently but I felt that the GPL still triumphed because of its complexity. A great drink nonetheless. John, thanks!
Clearly, exposure to air helped this wine along. After bing popped and poured, the wine started off with canned vegatal aromas and cigar box. 30 minutes later, the wine morped into a tobacco laden, cassis and truffle filled wine with regal, soft, but firm character. This is a wine to seek out at auctions as I suspect it sells for a song, compared to its quality.
Mostly 1985 horizontal (Locanda Verde, NYC): From a remarkably pristine bottle with a high shoulder fill. There's a touch of mustiness for the first few seconds and then a beautiful fragrance develops, combining all sorts of mature truffled, smoky, floral, cedary and other savoury elements into a scent that's hard to move away from. It's in that perfect period of maturity where it tastes almost exactly like it smells, incredibly complex and layered showing surprising weight and a wonderfully polished, refined mouthfeel with the flavours resonating long after each sip. Truly amazing and one of my most memorable wine experiences, thanks Chris.
Bordeaux 1961 - Mini Horisontal (Le Sommelier, Copenhagen): Beautiful and intense nose with pine needles and black currant leaves that present a very youthful expression. There is also some notes of rust, blood and meat. The palate has plenty of fresh black currants and it seems young still. There is a little rust in the end with a little blood also. Very impressive wine that I just adored!!
This was from a good bottle of this wine (our group had a second bottle which was not so fresh)...the color on this wine is striking. It actually looks like a wine from the 1980s, rather than 1961. The nose is entrancing - at once powerful and elegant. Somewhat disappointingly, the palate is not up to the nose, but still a very solid and appealing wine. There is some fruit yet, but the wine has mainly gone over to the more cedary and leathery end of the spectrum. This is well and good...we age Bordeaux for a reason - we want it to morph into something different. The wine is not soft by any stretch. One can feel the tensile strength possessed by this wine that allowed it to persevere to age 50. Very nice and very Margaux.
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