Nose is dim, but the palate confirms a sound bottle. Smooth entry, a little cold, needs to open. Lovely palate. Warm and inviting. Very youthful. Black fruit with tinges of dried herbs at the sides. La Sirène with the guys.
Wine was properly stored from purchase upon release until consumed. Confirms my theory, the 1970 wines were hyped because they followed 3 mediocre or awful years, and consumers were waiting for a decent Medoc. The 70ties were good, but not as good as the hype, and those of us who bought them are penalized by a year that was not as good as the hype. Probably should have been drunk 15 to 20 Years ago.
It's like poking your nose in an old cedar chest that has been storing cigars for a few years. This is what classic old Claret is all about. The cassis dominated wine is not about refinement. Instead it's focused on mature flavors and a blast of fruit in the finish. Had the finish been just a bit longer, this bottle would have deserved a better score, Other bottles could be even better.
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