20+ CDP Dinner (Bristol): Wow..what a color for such an old wine, only slight bricking at the edge. Still vibrant and alive with ripe fruits and garrigue. A hint of saddle. Such a treat. A bit of tartness on the finish. In a lovely place where the fruits and acidity in balance with lots of secondary notes. For me a lifetime wine experience.
1978 Bordeaux, Rhone etc including Margaux, Palmer, Vieux Télégraphe and Cuvaison (Regional Wines, Wellington): Colour lighter red, with a watery rim. A perfumed, beautiful bouquet of raspberries, black truffles and florals. Quite a sweet entry, but on palate a big, relatively primary, rich wine with the flavours of cherries and reminding me of a meaty casserole. A wine some structure with sufficient mid palate depth, but, not without elegance. Real length and back palate intensity and some firm tannins. Ideally, this wine needs 5 or so more years cellar time (!). Grenache 70%, Syrah 15%, Mourvèdre 10% .
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