The wine pours a ruby, tawny color with very long legs. Surprisingly for a wine this age, there is minimal bricking at the edges. The first thing that comes to mind is the concentration of the bouquet. On the nose is a focused, powerful yet elegant melange of soy sauce, floral notes, strawberries, truffles and burnished leather and sous bois. Great extraction. On the palate, the wine is unctuous and thick with a mineral backbone. The sharpness of alcohol and rustic tannins are still there. Definitely old school Bordeaux style. Flavors of soy sauce, preserved plums, kirsch, mint, blackberries and mushrooms come to the fore. Finish is of medium length, lasting around twenty seconds or so. The ending is quite complex with a tad of fat. I was surprised to find how clunky this wine seems to be despite the pedigree. In fact, it tastes more like an old and thoroughly extracted Napa cabernet rather than the second wine of a premier cru. Nevertheless, a pleasurable drink but the balance could have been better. Just shy of 90 as a result.
Ch Palmer @ Medlar (The Medlar, London): Blind. Quite a ripe, polished nose. Again, polished across the front end and mid palate but with good acidity through the finish. far more claret like on the back end and less alcohol than I'd anticipated from the nose. Claret. Not in the same class as the Palmers on this showing. *** (the 90 at the last Palmer bash in Spring 2007 was in a different league and put many of the Palmers to shame)
Auctionbottle served at tasting. Still dark red, oozing with dark red berries, blueberry and scented perfume. Slight touch of cedarwood on the nose, but only slight. Somewhat one-dimensional in the mouth, but quite long. Very charming.
I purchased this wine in 7/1991 (I assume soon after release) for $28 and it was in my cellar the entire time. The exterior of the cork smelled incredibly corked (TCA), but I cleaned that off, the cork was in great shape, and I didn't notice a problem with the wine. It had a classic Bordeaux nose and was tight at the start. It opened up after about 30 minutes, and was a passable wine. But after an hour it started fading. I probably should have drunk it only a few years after release.
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(Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux Margaux) Again an attractive red-caramel hue in the glass. The nose is less intense, with nuances of fruit, violets, and a herbaceous element. On the palate tannins are soft, acidity likewise not strongly apparent. Has a soft and rounded mouthfeel. Some pleasant fruit, spicy oak overtones, and a sweet fruit finish. This wine was