Blind Tasting of 13 reds, 1 white and 1 Champagne at Behrens am Kai in Dusseldorf
4th Flight together with Saxum James Berry 2009
at a really good matching of the wines. for me a little bit over the top , but with air and time getting better, in the background red berries, extract sweetness, becomes more elegant after time, middle long finish, 90-91
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.
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