cork 90% saturated, but extracted cleanly. Decanted for 20 minutes. Poured and slowly drunk over 2 hours. Purple-tinged crimson with ever so slight bricking. Nose of bittersweet chocolate, plums and blackberries. Some wet leather and sawn wood. Blackberries and raspberries at entry followed by fresh plums and some hints of chocolate. Fairly long finish that's a touch too tangy. Overall an excellent bottle of wine, especially for the price.
From magnum, with Christmas Eve dinner. The soft cork required finesse and an ah-so to extract. I opened this mid-day to see if it required decanting then struggled to keep my hands off it until dinner.
From the get-go, a perfectly aged, medium-bodied Bdx, all sweet tobacco, leather, and soft fruit - no decanting needed. Still garnet in the glass with slight amber at the rim. Surprisingly minimal sediment. Fully resolved tannins, lovely bottle sweetness, precision, balance, and fantastic texture - just a pleasure to drink. My palate is always better early in the day, and I would say the first glass was the best - with air, the wine retained its appeal but definitely lost a bit of its focus through the evening.
We don't drink a lot of Bdx these days, but this was a wonderful reminder of just how sublime it can be.
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