Double Magnum, 35th birthday of a friend (a wine lover). Great Bordeaux from a very difficult year. The top years are passed, but still in good years for consumption. A mature wine with nice earthy caracters and still some fruits (berrys)
Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Served double blind to the tasting group alongside Groth 1990 Cabernet Reserve from Napa. Mature black cherry aromas and flavors with modest spice. Very good balance, textures. Easy for most tasters to identify as Bordeaux, but most thought from a younger, better vintage.
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(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) This, the oldest wine in the tasting, does not have the most elderly appearance. It is obviously mature, but has good density. It has a slightly exotic, mature, spicy nose, which offers some gamey, meaty aromas. On entry it seems somewhat hollow at first, but it opens out on the midpalate to reveal elegant, mature, gamey fruit. It has a lovely fluidity and balance, with correct acidity. Surprisingly it still has a goodly amount of tannin, and I think the wine will be dead before these ever fully integrate. Nevertheless a good, mature wine, although for drinking soon I feel, preferably with food.