This was obviously a brilliant, breathtaking 100 point wine in it's prime, but with fading fruit it is definitely on the ebb. dense rust colored with a nose of stewed prunes and wood. Not terribly enjoyable to taste. Make haste and drink up.
If a date, this was a 60 year old Sophia Loren, who has enough life experience and beauty to keep you wondering all night what a night alone with her was like 35 years ago.
A Night of Old Bordeaux at Latour Restaurant, Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, NJ - stunningly expressive nose of blueberry liqueur, sweet roses and mint. On the palate, this is quite mature with a fantasticly thick, decadent texture yet the wine is light on its feet and possesses gorgeous flavors of very ripe dark berries, figs and dark spices. The finish is very complex with notes of decaying leaves and prunes late. Best right out of the bottle so best to drink up now but what a glorious experience to taste such a mature, exotic wine.
Nose of dark chocolate, caramel, malted milk balls, and red fruit. Palate brings butterscotch candy, dark earth, muddled dark fruit (black cherry, fig, prune?), tar and white and black pepper. Smooth in the mouth. Overall a very impressive but not blockbuster wine. Decanted for a little more than one hour. Largely consumed without food.
At a White Horse Tavern in the north country: Very hot, a bit pruny, much sweetness, some oxidation and very far from the quality of the first bottle of this, I have ever had, which was served to me at this very table and from this very cellar. NR.
Drunk at a '59 vs '61 dinner at the Mandarin Grill. I don't recall having this wine before but I have had such good experiences with Cheval Blanc from this period that despite its lack of super high scores I expected that it would be lovely and pleasingly it was just that. It was the only Right Bank wine on the night and it certainly showed a distinct character when compared to its Left Bank cousins. Far more delicate, almost pretty and so much so that I feared it might not hold up in the glass but that was never an issue. Perhaps a little difficult to compare with blockbusters like '59 Latour it nevertheless held its own.
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