Poker night and Chris graciously popped a 1966 Cos and 1966 Leoville Barton.
In line with recent CT notes, the Leoville was the more lively wine and showed greater body and balance. It needed at least an hour in the decanter and was still developing three hours later. Slight barnyard, old baseball mitt, dried rose petals, Asian spice, and some acetate on the nose. After some air it had nice weight with good acidity for the finish. I got weird flavors, including tomato paste, but I guess that's part of the experience of an old wine from an off vintage.
The Cos was well past it's prime. Neat mix of Barnyard, leather, cedar, and spice on the nose. The palette seemed to have faded years ago and offered little to compete with the remaining tannins.
The Cos had a better fill by at least half an inch but the cork on the Leoville was in better shape and came out in one piece.
66 Leoville Barton was the first 2nd growth I can remember drinking so it was fun to re-visit this. Maybe it was the 6 years since I've had this or bottle variation or just the format, but this is really getting tired. It's all patina; an oaky, wood polish nose with nutmeg, red fruit, old books. A few times - and just for a fleeting moment - you get the impression of the verve and muscle this once had.
LJ's Annual Luncheon (RDG): From magnum. Consumed with Anthony Barton, who had nice things to say about the wine. I sat at the table of the original purchaser of the bottle, and it had hibernated in his cellar since he purchased it. A fine example of mature claret -- a gentleman of a wine. Delicate and lovely. The Barton was the most "perfect" of the three '66s poured -- the tired fruit, acid, and tannin all still in balance. Maybe a once in a lifetime experience!
This is a stunning Bordeaux now in its 46th year. The wine was still tightly constructed expressing elegance and breed. The nose was ebullient with scents of roses and lilacs and dark cherries with tobacco and cedar. The taste was ripe and filled with cedary black cherries, currants and wild mushrooms with a hint of cigar box. WOW! The French are world class wine makers.
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