This vintage seems to be the first one for Jacques Perrin that took over from his father. The weather was no very favourable for not to say a very wet summer... but it seems that the sunny month of september saved the quality of this bad vintage.
The bottles were conserved in a very fresh cellar in Belgium since their purchase... As this was not long after World War II, the owner decided to keep them burried under sand in a hidden part of his cellar... the were found very recently by his son, that was quite amazed by the discovery...
The levels were quite good (between 2-5 cm under the cork level), but the corks were in very very bad shape... they were shrunk on the whole lenght, exept the last millimeters... one one bottle where the cork was pro-eminent, it could even be removed with the hand like a screw cap... but I'll come to this later
The wine was amazing! The colour was surprisingly dark for a Chateauneuf, but very clean. The aromas from the nose were jumping out of the glass with evolved porto (not maderized!), figues, old leather bag (comment from my wife :-), brown sugar, even a litle bit sweet in the nose.
The mounth was filled with red fruit, totally integrated tannins (of course...), prunes, soy sauce a quite long aftertaste and surprisingly fresh...
Even 6 hours after opening the bottle, the wine was still very good... so I'm enjoying the rest of my glass as I speak :-)
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(Beaucastel) from the cellars of Beaucastel, of course, as was the 1981. Nut and earth were the first aromas to show themselves, followed by meat, soy, red fruits, animal fur, a touch of Provence, mineral and more earth. 'Sauvage,' Bipin added. Rich and fleshy, the '1981 was very good, but the '54 great,' Paul decided, and Charles agreed. It was delicious and still hearty
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