This is the last of three bottles from a cellar that Scott Manlin and I bought many years ago. We were sitting at the coffee shop next to Mark's Duck House, waiting on Bob Parker for a lunch we had planned, when he showed me the cellar and the asking price. We bought it all and every bottle has been pristine. This bottle wasn't as good as the first two I drank. Still an amazing wine, but it didn't hit the ethereal category that the other two bottles did. Drinking extremely well now, with a huge future ahead of it. No need to hurry to open one.
Well well well, it's the famous 1990 Beausejour Duffau. Perfect wine? Not a chance but still pretty stacked. Very full and fleshy with a structure that's still rough and kind of rugged; combined with an intense gravelly personality this had me figuring it was a Left Banker. Long life ahead for sure, this is still so structured.
Decanted and drank over 3 hours. Exotic and very concentrated nose of bright black and red fruit, loads of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and violets. Really delicious flavors that matched the nose. There is a power and viscosity to this wine that is intense but note heavy. The only thing if I want to be picky is a lack of precision but the glossy, silky, sexy texture is so good it doesn't matter.
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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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