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Community Tasting Notes (3) Median Score: 97 points

  • Brought to my 40th, Balzac, December 2010, by a very good friend! Decanted for 1-2 hours. Cork in great nick, level at base of neck. Colour inky purple/black and opaque to the rim: looked like a 5 year old Grange, not a 45 year old... Nose of dense, brambly black fruit, coffee grounds, faint leathery/cedary notes, strong anise and spice box. black fruit (mulberry, plums, blueberry), dense liquorice wrapped in superfine and perfectly integrated but still powerful tannic cloak. Long, long finish. This could go another 20-30 years. Close to WOTN, and that's saying something alongside the '66 Haut Brion, '66 Montrose, '88 Latour and Mission Haut Brion, '85 Cheval Blanc and Mouton...Thanks Con!

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  • Geoff Lindsay's 50th: Seems tired and perhaps the bottle wasn't quite right? Funky mushroom nose with a touch of cardboard. Soft old red fruits and chocolate to taste but a clear mushy fruit edge takes the shine off this wine. Very plush.

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  • Garagiste - Classic Wines of Australia (Blackbird - Chicago IL): Fresh aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, mint, vanilla and chocolate. Sweet, extravagant fruit to start, transitions to perfect black cherry in middle. Great harmony from start-to-finish with a superbly elegant finish. 88% Syrah, 12% Cabernet. No sign of being past its peak, but I couldn't see this getting better from here.

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