John comes to town! (Amali (115 E 60th Street, NY, NY)): Drank this double-blind. This was in the Bordeaux point in the line-up and to my palette very clearly old world and very similar to the other wines we were drinking at the same time. Had that edamame flavor that seems to come with age. And some bell pepper.
An enjoyable well-aged Bordeaux. Tastes of forest floor, earth, mushrooms, truffles, tobacco, and leather. Some fruit comes through with decanting and the wine opens up after a few hours. It's likely that this is close to or just passing it's prime, and nothing is lost by drinking this wine at this time. This bottle was purchased and then naturally aged in an old cellar for 30 years, and was well worth the wait!
Lighter than expecting bricking in the glass. Bought at Hi Times in Costa Mesa. Great condition. Cork was easy. Beautiful nose. Mid palate was a bit thin which is why the rating is low. Finish for days. Nice wine. Much prefer the 1979.
decanted. Took a very long time to open. Had a bottle four years ago that was in better shape. This one did not seem to have the depth of flavor and the variety of notes that the prior one had. Didn't show other signs of age but flavor was one-dimensional. Concerned about others in collection.
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(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Bricking, nearly opaque red violet color; mature, coffee, olive, brett nose; mature, green olive, very tart currant, sour cherry, green bean palate; medium-plus finish
(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) Mature hue. Smoky, meaty, coffee-toffee nose. Ripe, intriguing, superb. What a seductive and sexy palate; luscious plumpness, with spice and fruitcake and chocolate-smothered plums. Ripe, full, and so drinkable. This is gorgeous - it has Pichon written all over it. Should drink well for another five or six years at least.
(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) Another darkly coloured wine. A wonderful nose, which is intense and powerful, inviting one to taste. Aromas of dark fruit and minerals, with chocolate, mocha and even a touch of toffee. Powerful, rich and sweetly textured on the palate, but still with fine, crisp, mineral-edged fruit. Again, wonderfully balanced acidity. Fantastic stuff.
(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) A moderately intense mahogany-purple hue. A superb, classic, smoky, pencil lead mature claret nose that sings Pichon-Lalande. The palate is fruit-laden, with toffee notes and a superbly textured, creamy body. The tannins are integrating and there is lovely, balanced acidity. Finishes beautifully, with length. Absolutely lovely wine.
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