Appeared to be a well stored bottle with low neck fill and no signs of seepage. Color was a deep crimson, actually brightened with air. A little tired on the nose with some dried red fruit and cedar and some nuttiness in the background. Palate was smooth and plush, as the tannins had integrated. Still had some vibrant red fruit on the palate but finish faded quickly into the finish. Improved with about 2hrs air in the open bottle, then faded. Had a tired wine's vibrancy. Well preserved but tiring at 35yrs of age. Still a nice experience on my birth year (opened for my birthday).
From a bottle with some question marks around storage and condition. Medium-light auburn color. This had a metallic funk on the nose that blew off after some cursory decanting. This evolved a more classic Bordeaux nose of musty cellar and dried cherries, with a faint cocoa aroma. Similar on the palate, with a paucity of fruit and almost fully depleted tannins. With the caveat that this may have been an off bottle, I'd say that the '79 Tertre's glory days are long behind it.
Second time, still excellent and going strong. Smokey, scorched earth nose with cedar and lead pencil, a classy and captivating bouquet. The palate is bright and lighter, but the fruit and depth grow with air. Tons of steeped black tea. Not super deep nor complex, just resolved, satisfying, excellent. 92-93.
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