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. Palate...wow....super-concentrated 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!
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.
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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