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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