Another bottle left behind by a former member. Popped & poured, this showed violets and red fruit. Fully-integrated and balanced, with cedar, red berry and floral qualities on the palate. The finish is a little shorter than I would like. Pretty. Started to fade in the glass after 45 minutes or so.
Opened at the Anvil Club. Bottle was abandoned in a wine locker by a former member. Very dubious condition, but a light shone nicely clear through the bottle. Cork was mush, and the club didn't have an Ah-so, so we eventually pushed the cork into the bottle and strained through a coffee filter into a decanter. Color was still dark with no bricking. Nose had that oh so faint sweat sock, along with typical Bordeaux profile and some dark fruits. Palate was much better than the nose, and actually improved over the course of an hour or so. Black fruits, leather and tobacco with a decent finish. Provenance was obviously an issue here, but this was a very pleasant surprise. Not as lovely as the pristine bottle that Allred opened for us in 2013, but not too shabby either. Between the staff and a few other members at the bar, the bottle was fully consumed.
The wine drank much younger than what it is. Good fruits and vanilla. It had evolved nicely over the night. The strength was still here with good grip. It will last for another 5 years at least. The complexity was not enough to give a higher mark.
It is impressive that this 30 year old needs time to wake up. After a decant and one hour, deep red with ruby that turns into bricking on the edges. Nose ever so subtle with red currants, truffle and old limestone with some moss. Palate is silky with persistent acidity a bit of underbrush, resolved tannins, dried fruit, a bit of bourbon malt. Finishes medium long with dried fruit, sweet scents and a pinch of flowers. A true beauty and testament to the quality of these wines made by the Mouiex clan.
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