Mid/high shoulder fill with a cork that, despite its saturation, has actually done its job fairly well over the past 51 years! A light, limpid color. At first, this was very meaty and smoky - not in an appealing way. But over half an hour in the decanter, this actually trimmed itself down and became elegant enough. Star anise, cedar, rosewater, sous-bois. It's dealing with some volatile acidity. Sure, this is at the end of its life - but it's interesting to see the most evolved picture of Pichon Lalande. Not bad for a 64, either. I wonder when they picked. The rain started Sept 27th. PL's neighbor, Latour, picked on the 26th. The best part of this wine was hearing stories about what life was like for my dad and Shep in 1964.
Well considering the vintage and now its age this was a fantastic bottle. Level and cork were really good. Still holding its color with a med garnet core and brickish rim. Nose needed a few minutes to get rid of its muskiness but then kept changing for a good 20mn. I was impressed how well the wine was holding in the glass. Nose was Pauillac textbook: cigar box, sweet cassis, spices. Med body, still structured with grainy tannins, this is really enjoyable even though it is obvious it is past its peak. Finish is slightly metallic but this blows off with a little aeration. Great experience.
South Florida does Pichon-Lalande: Not surprisingly, the '64 was a concensus last place finish in the Pichon-Lalande vertical spanning 1955 to 2000. Definitely drinkeable from this well preserved bottle, but smells like plain water and tastes faint and diluted. It appears the grapes were picked after the rains which bloated many left bank properties at harvest that year. Yet the fact that this fragile relic from an off year is still alive is a testament to the survival skills of Bordeaux.
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