Terrific. This isn't the greatest '61 I've had but it still knocks the socks off anything from younger generations. It is always a treat to drink this vintage. Deep cigar tobacco aromas with a backdraft of the same on the palate, finishing more like smoke than liquid. There is still plenty of sweet red fruit here and while the tannin has mostly melted away to give this a saturating mouthfeel, what remains is really satisfyingly gritty. An old-style masculine Bordeaux still going strong and likely to stay there for who-knows-how-long.
Classic, beautiful, mature, elegant but still with the guts for more years in the bottle. The structure has melted away and has left pashmina soft wine with no rough edges that is purely brilliant mature Bordeaux. It still has some acidity to balance off he wine. Truly brilliant.
This has an Avery’s label, but was chateau-bottled. It has a clear appearance, looking more mature with more of a polished oak colour than the first Léoville Barton. It feels a bit corked on the nose, and is definitely so on the palate.
A very attractive mature colour. The nose has deep black fruits. Very attraction on the palate, this has a lovely open, full feel. There are some slightly lifted high tones, but here they serve to make it more attractive. It has nothing like the length of the Poyferré and is actually a touch short. Very Good Indeed.
Dinner at Acquarello with Garen and Wilf. This wine started stronger than the Poyferre and the las Cases but came in a distant third by an hour into the dinner. Just not very pleasureable and a bit past it's prime I think. Drink up.
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(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) Chateau bottled. A lovely, mature, claretty appearance. The nose has a vibrancy, a meaty-minerally character, deep and stylish, clearly very good quality. Rounded, complete, stylish, with plenty of substance and texture. A slowly fading finish. This is very good indeed and is certainly a challenger for top wine of this flight which focuses on St Julien.
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