1978 Bordeaux, Rhone etc including Margaux, Palmer, Vieux Télégraphe and Cuvaison (Regional Wines, Wellington): Colour deep red. An attractive nose of earth, underbrush, raspberry, cedar and savoury mushroom. Better on bouquet than palate. Past its best, disjointed. The fruit seems to have run out, leaving only the acids and tannins, that are way too prominent. Lean and mean, seeming a bit green, on the mid palate and finishing bitter on the back palate, pulling up a bit short. Nonetheless, with some cassis flavours, clearly Bordeaux. I understand this has always been recognised as a poor Montrose. Geoff said that from the time of opening, the wine deteriorated and he kept pushing it forward in the tasting order until it was opening the tasting. I don't know if all of these are this bad but I would be opening one soon, if I had it.
Poured into decanter as I could not get the rest of the cork out. Not the best fill - HS. Very nice youthful garnet, only slightly bricking at the rim. Cedar on the nose, then some barnyard, leather and some greeness. Completely resolved tannins but also barely any fruit left. Short finish. Held up very well - but did not improve - during the hour or so in the decanter.
Deep garnet color with little evidence of bricking for a 34 year old wine. Took about 60 min. of air to open up and reveal something more than red fruit. When it did open, it revealed some leather and a bit of mocha in addition to strawberry and cherry. This is probably a few years past prime but still very pleasant and representative of well aged Bordeaux. A fine anniversary bottle shared with Matt and Molly at an Italian bistro in Lincoln Park.
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