After being inspired by the 1984, I decided to give this perfect looking bottle a try. The center of the wine was red/purple and the rims showed just a touch of orange. The medium+ intensity nose displayed currants, mocha, and soil.
In the mouth, this wine was fruity and smooth to start. The tannins grew and the wine firmed up after an hour. Afterward, the wine slowly started to soften and open up further. It was still glacially moving through this process 7 hours latter. At that point the wine was ripe with firm rounded tannin and great length.
This wine still seems reserved and hard to read. Currently, it shows moderate complexity. However, given the above information, I suspect this wine may improve with additional age.
While this bottle didn't seem to be up to the level of the 1984 I had recently, it may have upside.
HDH Bordeaux Auction; 10/31/2014-11/1/2014 (Chicago, IL): One of the more austere ones, with quite a bit of green on the nose and palate. The palate is lacking a bit of concentration but there is plenty to like here nonetheless. I love the restraint here -- classical and just so well-proportioned.
HDH Auction (Tru - Chicago, IL): Touch of alcohol noticeable on the nose masks a bit of the florals and earth notes that are on the palate. Certainly better on the palate than the nose, with lots of soft florals, cherries, tobacco, and leather. The nose was a bit muted here, but the palate was drinking nicely.
More than excellent. Perfect fill condition. Bottle had been cellared well all it's life. Opened 90 minutes before dinner. Quick sample after opening was tight with light bouquet but quickly opened to nice nose of wet forest and lilac. Smoother and smoother thru dinner (filet mignon) with dark chocolate, vanilla, slight licorice, and dark cherry. Finished off the ast drops with gruyere. One of our best wine experiences.
Dusty, dirt very earthy nose. Forrest decaying floor. Taste black licorice, even kind of a jagermister flavor coming through. Browning colors, light medium weight. Light acid. A bit medicinal. A bit gamey on the nose and taste. A bit in decline. Lots of raisin flavors.
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