Surprisingly little evolved, this wine can probably still age and even uncoil a tad more since even though the palate is smooth and silky (very much Merlot-driven), the nose is still somewhat reticent and more Cabernet F. driven, with still some primary fruit notes and a metallic, dried blood tinge. Impressive energy for its age.
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(Cheval Blanc) The 1971, my birth year, was very pungent and olive-y. It was the most open of the flight, wintry and minty in its personality, but also possessing red fruits, almost red citrus fruits. It was round and soft with a nice hint of sweetness to its fruit, yet still rusty. Subdued yet forward and expressive, Gil and I preferred the 1971 to the 1970 that followed. Gil observed, ‘Cali weed and rose petals in the nose.’ Pierre also preferred the 1971 to the 1970
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