somewhat reticent nose but the wine is still alive and well - a wonderful example of ageing claret - the tannins are still there but the fruit is noticebly fading - the tannins must have been extraordinary at the wine's birth!
Well evolved in colour around the rim, still fairly dark core. Odd nose, quite vegetal and funky, but also showing notes of tobacco, earth, spices. On the palate well balanced at first, not much fruit left but still showing a firm backbone of tannins, well integrated acidity, slightly spicy, leathery. Good length. As the evening went on, the acidity stuck out more and more. 86-88
LLC dinner at 10 Greek Street. This was my third wine of the night ( 14 vintages of LLC), 1961 and 1934 taking the lead. This was a fine bottle, beautifully resolved, elegant, characterful with a fine backbone, underscored by minerals and notes of hazelnut nuttiness not dissimilar to the 1961.
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(Château Léoville Las Cases) Bricked medium dark red color with pale meniscus; tobacco, mushroom, leather nose; solid, tart red fruit, tart cassis, tart plum palate with firm tannins still; medium-plus finish
(Leoville-Las Cases) This was classic old school Bordeaux with loads of funk, lead pencil and rustic cassis fruit. The palate was a touch muddied but pure with good concentration. Fully resolved and drinking great now but if you got 'em drink up.
(Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases St Julien) A good colour. Another wine with a fairly classic nose. A tarry edge and some suggestion of fruit. Good texture and weight on the finish, although somewhat short on flavour. There are nuances of floral, gravelly fruit, although this fades through the endpalate. Another wine beginning to dry out.
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