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.
Level an inch below neck. Dark colour, brownish hue. Sweet, deep intense nose of coffee, roast earth, tar, licorice and some cassis. Extremely secondary, but very fragrant classic tobacco leaf. Rich, sweet red fruits, dominated by coffee, tobacco leaf, toffee, tar and licorice. Smooth, not at all aggressive in acid and with defined but soft tannin, so not just oxidated, but clearly some oxidative elements. Still very drinkable, the secondary characters blew off to an extent, with the fruit coming through nicely. i have had some magnificent old '70 L-Bs but I suspect they were drunk more like 10 years ago. A better fill level might have more success but this isn't bad at all.
My favorite of the bordeaux we tasted, but this has long been a favorite of mine. high shoulder fill, color still very bright, great acidity, a bit dry on the finish, but fruit and cedar and tobacco on the palate.
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