Popped and poured. Reddish purple in color. Strong nose. Much more structured and alcoholic than the 1980. What a difference 3 years makes! Full bodied well balanced. Strawberries, raspberries, currant. Opened up after one hour. Excellent.
All alcohol on the top notes on first tasting, but once decanted and rested for an hour or so came alive. Like a sort of Syrah done by Bordeaux, lovely vegetal flavours but with a cocoa powder feel to it. Great length and still well poised. An experience.
It's a privilege to have this mature yet in perfect condition bottle. Zero seepage and in neck. I Bordeaux decant it 2 hours before the meal started and it peaked with around 2 hours more of breathing in bottle. Smooth, elegant, rich texture, respectable structure, albeit a little bit short (just barely 30s) in finish. Coco and eucalyptus overpowered the black fruits. Can keep but I would drink it now if I have more.
Still a baby, this is still showing lots of black cherry aromas and flavors with hints of chocolate and oak spice. Great black fruit on palate, showing a hint of sweetness in middle that I expect with soften with more time in bottle. really long finish. Another example of incredibly ageworthy Grange.
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