Unsurprisingly better than a sister bottle that was mid shoulder (this was at the base of the neck I guess).
Again that freshness of blackcurrant fruit with a pleasant leafiness supported by classic tobacco notes, but in this bottle there was more depth and complexity. Perhaps drying out a little (but no more than you'd expect) and with a faint hessian like element on the finish (not in the 'corked' sense though). Acidity was lovely & refreshing & really carried the wine through.
A lovely wine to just sip and savour, really building complexity in the mouth.
Mid shoulder (compared to Top shoulder of a sister bottle), with evidence of past seepage and a slightly raised cork. Middle part of the cork started to break, but the bottom half came out all too easily.
Smelled ok though
Really quite youthful red-claret colour, with some age at the rim, but less than expected. Nose was initially an amazingly youthful blackcurrant. Some tobacco-smokiness came through and the fruit moved more towards the red fruit spectrum.
Good balance to the taste, with the fruit still going strong, but with (initially sweet) aged characters giving an interesting balance, along with the tobacco note. Acidity is well-judged, being refreshing without prominence and the finish is persistent.. The overall impression is a fine light-medium bodied aged bordeaux, still going strong and ideally suited to work with food. Complex but not overtly so. After a disappointing 1976, this was surprisingly good, albeit from a better vintage.
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