Past fully mature, yet there was a lot to like about the elegant, silky textures, truffle earth, forest floor, plum, cherry and cigar box nose. Medium bodied, the wine leaves you with a soft, earthy, sweet cherry finish. If you're holding a bottle for development, I would not push my luck. I'd pop that cork.
KYD - The Killing Fields (Søllerød Kro): Unfortunately the bottle seemed slightly cooked but still showing some nice flavors and intensity. It is however a little bit "muddy" and disjointed. Still some fruit but overall it didn't leave the best impression. Dang... Difficult to get a real impression of the wine.
Another great bottle- dark ruby, immediately expressive with "hazelnuts" and "nutella" per JK. I found a surprising amount of Cuban tobacco (young rather than aged) and noticeable black/white pepper edge that you get with aged Cabernet Franc. Really complexity and balanced fruit. Less obvious than the 45 Las Cases but very stimulating….
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(Cheval Blanc) The 1961 had a killer nose that was very racy with lots of vigor and t n’a. It was also very sweet in a musky, nutty, caramel-y way. There was lots of oil in this rich and nutty wine, and as soon as I tasted it, I flashed to 1971 and ‘76 Grange. This menthol/eucalyptus craziness was total Grange. It was rich, hearty and full of strawberry flavors. Bipin concurred that ‘this was always one of the sweeter ‘61’s,’ and likened it to a ‘bon-bon’
(Chateau Cheval Blanc St Emilion) A very dense colour here. The nose tells me this wine is plainly oxidised and suffering from heat damage, and resembles a glass-matured Banyuls more than claret. A crying shame.
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