A nice surprise. Relatively unheralded vintage but this bottle was pristine. Exhibited strong nose with white pepper, forest floor and old leather, but still very vibrant and full of energy. Palate was thinner but distinguished.
Mark's 60th (Hix Mayfair): From a magnum. Perfect colour with maturity at rim. Immitial nose was a blast of fine blackcurrant fruit which suggested Bordeaux . Very quickly developed more animal notes and rusty iron suggesting northern rhone. Clearly of considerable age and thought 60's. Developed again and harmonious sweet gorgeous balanced wine emerged.great wine in perfect shape at 60 as is it's generous owner.
Pichon Dinner - Lalande vs. Baron (Palena - Washington, DC): This was a very fun wine for me. Mature nose of dried leaves, cranberries, and dusty cherries. The color was browning a bit around the edges, and it had a murky look to it. I enjoyed the lithe palate very much. This didn't have tons of rich fruit, or deep floral tones, but it did have a silky mouthfeel full of dried foilage, aged tobacco, subtle mushrooms, and some dried cherries. So while this may be considered over the hill, I found it to be absolutely delightful and educational!
Pichon Baron vs. Pichon Lalande @ Palena (Washington DC): My original plan was brining the 61 Pichon Baron but the color was not correct. The color looked promising in the bottle but when opened, it was murky. Perhaps needed to be drunk at home. Not showing much, some sous bois and caramel but really way past the prime. NR but may be 78 as is.
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(Pichon Lalande) The 1953 Pichon Lalande had a gorgeous nose, peanutty at first. It reminded me of the 1982 in terms of the richness in its nose, although there was no green olive here. The green olive did show up a little on the palate curiously enough, and Wolf admired its ‘nice concentration for the vintage.’ It was certainly the best older Pichon Lalande that I had ever had, and its nutty and smoky palate also had hints of coffee a la the 1982. There was a bit of exotic green to the palate with its olive and even apple qualities. Its sweet fruit had honey and hints of autumn, iron, slate and ceramic, with curds and whey on its finish. A bit of exotic berry came out with a refill, and one hour later, this wine still had me licking the roof of my mouth. It was certainly outstanding, and Bipin likened 1953 to 1985. He then went on to say how 1982 was ‘not a great vintage, only twenty Chateaux are surreal, the rest are quite volatile’ (95).
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