New Year's Eve 2014 (My house): Opened roughly 3 hours before serving and not decanted. Very dark color and no real signs of fading. Powerful aromatics right from the start. Ripe red and black cherry with some blackberry as well. Dark chocolate, black truffle, leather and smoke too. Same fruit came through on the palate. Very dense and well textured. Almost port-like in some ways, but without the heat. Really fun to try.
Had this last night at a '90 Bordeaux dinner (along with Montrose and LLC). This is an excellent and delicious Bordeaux, drinking well right now but will probably get better over the next decade or 2. The fruit is still a little 'big', the wine is still a little primary, amazing to say that after 24 years it still needs more time to be great. If served blind, I doubt I'd pick Bordeaux. Think given the size of this wine I would probably pick Northern California, maybe a Shafer Hillside or an Insignia or something like that.
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(Beausejour Duffau) Bruce started bashing the Beausejour, saying that it has ‘never been more than 93 points, and this is another one.’ The Big Ticket was trying to convince us to ‘let it warm up,’ but at this point in the evening, that wasn’t going to happen. It was super fruity and kinky, exotic like three of The Hillbilly’s best friends: Cinnamon, Jasmine and Bubbles J. My score is probably generous and more of a technical one, as I am not sure I could even drink a bottle of it. It’s like 91 points with a Facebook ‘Don’t like’ attached to it lol.
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