Beautiful bottle (good cork, top shoulder) and beautiful contents. No doubt past its prime, but if you enjoy old claret this is a real treat - still so much Lynch Bages character. While there now is a lot of mahogany/treacle old-wine notes, the score is really derived from the truly exquisite cassis, mint, pencil, leather, chocolate notes that remain. It's completely polished in its old age; no seams. The palate has seen better days, but with these old clarets it's mainly about the nose anyway. I could certainly understand a lot of people not appreciating this, but I found so much to love. I imagine that the 85 will be a lot like this in 25 years or so. This, like the 66 Mouton, also underscores the point that some of these old wines really do need time to open out in the decanter; this required about 30 minutes to open fully and lasted beautifully for the hour and a half until we had finished the bottle. However if you have any, it is clearly time to drink them now.
Cloudy pinkish color. Needs about an hour or two to open up, and when it does, it opens to soft fruit with pinkish hues and iron. Compact on the palate and doesn't really go long, but still enjoyable to drink. Ron's bottle, Acker auction at Marea.
Bottle was properly stored from acquisition in 1971 until consumed. Beautiful, youthful bouquet and color, deep purple. Spectacular bouquet, lovely cassis, cherry and berries. Amazing 53 year old wine, what a treat to finally taste it.
corked - too bad, as there was LOADS of fruit left, and otherwise it still had an intense nose and palate. Note to self - STOP buying old bottles like these - even from the best of commercial sellers, they almost always turn out to be no good...
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