Unfortunately, this bottle was flawed. I bought this at auction and, although I have no proof, this could have been a fake. I took the risk and lost. The cork was about half the size of a normal DRC cork (not sure if DRC used the longer corks back in '64) and it appeared broken at the base but with no pieces in the bottle. Also, there was hardly any sediment.
Signature DRC spice, hint of autumn leaves mixed in. Nice sweetness on the palate and even sweeter 30 minutes in. Great overall length. Continued to evolve over the course of drinking it. This bottle was a little less fresh than the previous bottle tasted a few years back. Still superb.
50th Birthday Celebration Dinner with Wine (Chez Schmidt - Chicago IL): Bottle was in good condition, good fill (~3.5 cm). Very earthy aromas, with some soy and Asian spice elements. Not much remaining fruit on either nose or palate, but there was a fundamental good level of concentration. Very enjoyable, just not as complex or long as I would have hoped.
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(DRC La Tache) There was a lot of DRC going around the room, a lot of which was thanks to Wheels, so I did my best to catch up quickly. A 1964 DRC La Tache had a dusty nose, but there was sweet perfume behind it, mainly rose with a lot of minerals in tow. The palate was rich, hearty and gamy, classic 1964, with a sweet front palate that was ‘beautiful’
(La Tache) was 'classic 1964 - big, rich' and 'ripe' Allen interjected and took over for Wilf. The 1964 was heady, rich and meaty with nice t 'n a, minerals and molasses. On the palate it was also rich and meaty with great animal flavors, both sweet and vigorous with nice earth supplements. Wilf summed it up nicely: 'This is how I remember 1964; the texture and richness - only Vogue Musigny is close'
(La Tache) was a 'Big Boy' selection, of course, and he quickly put its nose as 'Right Bank and Lafleur more than La Tache,' and he was 100% right. It was a Pomerol impersonating a Burgundy, but that wouldn't be the first time that happened. Its nose was chocolaty, plummy and figgy, and the only sign of Burgundy in its nose was some mesquite. The palate was rich and hearty, full of spice, tannins and length. It had a 'summery' taste one of the ladies noticed, and there were lovely strawberry fruit flavors along with leather and musk oil ones. The wine was satiny, on the smooth side, yet still somewhat vigorous in a lip-smacking, roof-licking way
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