Unfortunately we pushed the cork through as the ah so Wine bottle opener couldn't get to the cork. Not to worry as the wine was untarnished and tasted great after 3 hours and best after 4 on a single decant. Paired with a slow cooked lamb shoulder followed by mature aged cheddar, quince and dried muskets. Not qualified to provide a rating.
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.
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