Cantemerle/La Lagune vertical (Dobbs Ferry): This is really great. One of my wines of the night, along with the '66 and '89. The nose is absolutely stunning with layers of fruit, earth, truffles, cedar, and tobacco all coming together into a really complex fragrance, and on the palate the structure's fully resolved, giving it a very polished, silken texture. Not a powerful wine, but very complex and seamless.
Incredibly fresh, bright, medium-light ruby color. Some funk and slight brettiness blew off after an hour in the glass, the wine then showed a beautiful nose of sweet dark fruit, and an endless finish. In between, though, this just didn't have enough depth remaining to support the massive tannic and acidic structure that is still very much present, so the palate seemed somewhat unpleasantly thin, tart and harsh. An interesting experience, though. To drink now, better for sipping than with food as there's just not much stuffing here. I love the classic old label.
This was my last of 3 or 4 bottles and I think it was the best one yet. It's got a vivid ruby color - quite shocking for its age, actually. Tastes mature, obviously, but it still has much more life to it than the other bottle I have a note on. Sure, it's mostly in the realm of generic old claret with nothing exceptionally interesting about it, but satisfying just the same.
Served from magnum, decanted and served immediately. Dirt and bell pepper notes on the nose. On the palate it's one dimensional, mainly showing tart fruit with very little else. Enjoyable for what remains with its age, if not for it's complexity.
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