Bottom neck fill with a cork that appeared stained on all sides but was removed in one piece. After opening, I decanted this for sediment and tasted throughout two and a half hours. The wine steadily lost the fruit components of the aromatics throughout. At the outset, the nose gives off balsa wood, dried tobacco, worn leather, and a touch of light red fruits notably pomegranate and strawberry. The palate yields mostly the tertiary elements and more acid than I'd expect at this point. A pleasant, if somewhat brief finish. Taken together, a wine offering enjoyment to those who appreciate seriously mature wine. Its undoubtedly past its peak, but I can expect little more from this producer in this vintage (in fact, I expected much less).
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(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Bricked medium red violet color with pale yellow meniscus; mature, tobacco, mushroom nose with a touch of VA; resolved, tasty, tobacco, mushroom palate, that declines precipitously after 15 minutes in the glass; medium-plus finish (my #7 in the flight, group's #8 out of 8)
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