Magdelaine, Malconsorts and more (North End Grill, NYC): This comes across fully mature right now, drinking very nicely with a core of understated red fruited flavours framed by more prominent savoury earthy, pencil lead and greener herbal and bell pepper notes. It's a very old school, medium weight claret that's more about finesse and lightness than about power and intensity, and it's drinking beautifully right now with the tannins resolved and bright acids keeping it very fresh.
We were apprehensive because we opened it significantly beyond the drinking window per CT, and upon initial pour I almost tossed it but we decanted for 45 minutes and it ended up being pretty good. Def opened up, not a lot of depth, but some smoke / earth/tobacco , and was enjoyable with a good bison steak and some broccoli...
A decent wine, nothing spectacular. Nose of earth, plums. Dusty? yes. On the light side, almost bland, diluted. A decent way to enjoy an older Bordeaux without breaking the bank, but don't expect an exceptional wine. (Doris 84, bland, watered down. Nose of earth, plums. )
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