We had a Magnum that, well should have been presented better. First off, there is still some life still with this wine. There were two camps, liking older Bordeaux,s vs more youthful. I'm in the former.
This bottle should have been upright for one day with an ah so de corker. The Som did not know how to extract, and the cork disintegrated , but give an A for effort. The wines color held up remarkably well. The sediment though was an issue from a visual perspective. Nose was very much graphite and leafy. Superb balance and red fruited. Not big. You can tell that tannins and color precipitated. Soft and caressing finish. Our steaks overwhelmed it. I would recommend it. Thought being St. Estephe that it would hold, and it did.
Solid color and a very intense nose of green stalk, dark red fruits, ether and allspice. On the palate, this is really nice with rustic green notes typical of this wine along with dried cherries and spices and a real aged, decayed note in a very precise package. Finishes smooth and medium-complex with the green stalk notes dominating but in a good way with further tertiary notes of cigar box and dried herbs. Clearly a well-stored example of this wine. From a vineyard I generally don't care for, this was an excellent performance.
SIGHT: Rusty Brown, cola core with copper rim; NOSE: Wet forest floor, wet leaves, raisin, shoe polish, old boot, orange peel, dried mushroom; PALATE: leather, wet leaves, tea, dried cherry, leather, old boot, dust; ALC: med, ACID: med-med+, TANNINS: med-med minus, COMPLEXITY: med+, FINISH: med. Still drank cleanly. Flavor of tea leaves was very prevalent, acidity still good but I'm sure a lot of complexity has been lost. Still a joy to drink a '61.
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(Château Calon-Ségur) Medium bricked red color with pale meniscus; mature, tart raspberry, cigar box, tobacco, herbaceous nose; lovely, poised, tart cassis, subtle tobacco, cigar box palate with solid tannic backbone; medium-plus finish 94+ pts.
(Château Calon-Ségur) Medium dark bricked violet red color with pale meniscus; mature, maderized, Worcestershire sauce, beef bouillon nose; oxidized, beef bouillon, leather, brown sauce palate; medium finish
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