A very fun and interesting trio of 1934 Bordeaux - La Mission Haut Brion, Trotanoy, and Montrose. All were in great shape, and showed well. The Trotanoy was the consensus favorite, but I liked the La Mish just as well. Great noses, and like burgs you could just smell them for a while, and didn't need to drink. They all were a touch restrained as old bdx can be on the palate, but again amazingly they all showed well. A very fun flight.
"errr. It's almost black!". How can a 75+ year old wine still look like a 10 year old? Really rather incredible how fresh this still was, plenty of fruit still swilling around in here and a surprising splash of zippy acidity. For me this lacked some of the complexity of the more evolved La Garde 1934 tasted alongside but really rather remarkable. Very clean and "correct", a lovely wine but a little confusing. I was expecting Kirk Douglas but got Bruce Willis...
This was a pristine bottle, high shoulder fill. The cork came out in 1000 pieces, but I managed to blow the crumbles out of the neck, before they fell into the wine. Upon opening, a nose of minerals and some cedar, evolving into stewed fruit, over the following hour. Slight browning on the rim, but 'on sight' this is anything but a 72 year old Bordeaux. In the mouth very minerally, but again, as time passed, more fruit submerged. Tannins mostly integrated, acid is quite present. This drank really well for the three hours it lasted. A real gem that could have rested for several more years!!
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(Montrose) showed more promise, with some sourdough to its fruit along with traces of caramel, dust, tang and old wood. Its very pleasant nose also had traces of cinnamon and brick. The palate was rich with nice, mature flavors and a hearty finish. The '47 and '34 were both 'volatile' wines in regard to their acidity, but I liked them regardless. I guess I'm just a volatile kind of guy. The nose got more chocolaty and meaty, and the wine stayed tasty with poised grit and length. The mineral-laden earth flavors had chocolate shavings on them, and the 1934 gave the 1947 a run for its money. This is another sleeper from 1934, a vintage one rarely sees. I have also had excellent bottles of Latour and Petru
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