A fun, rewarding experiment with this 39 year old wine. Very light brick red when opened and deepened to a dark ruby color and bricking with air. Nose had some sweat and funk which lessened over time to yield some dill and green pepper in a fresh pleasant way. Smooth as silk with subtle leather, cherry, blood orange notes. A touch of acidity. No tannins. Short finish.
Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): High shoulder fill. Bright transparent dark ruby jewel colour. Nose is much richer and plusher than the 1976 Pichon Baron drank alongside it. Some musk in a pleasant way. Palate is all smoothed out and with plummy tertiary character and started to seem flattened out and well past its prime but then some enjoyable belly-filling fruit emerged - like a Lynch Bages - and it became more secondary. Not as much power or length as you might expect.....actually, a rather tired but interesting bottle.
Austere on the open but with a half hour it showed earthy blackberry and coffee; balanced with integrated tannins that still had a lot to give in the future; the nose and the finish are this wine - outstanding.
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