An "intellectual" wine that brings back memories of old books in a library, wet grass, liquorice, leather and chocolate...to name a few. We find the complete lack of tannins to lessen the experience, albeit the silky smooth elegance is well-received.
30 years of 1985 Bordeaux at The Papies (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): Double decanted and left to rest in the bottle for a good 2 hours. Very good level and cork. The beauty that is the Talbot 1985. A true master class of a wine and a must buy for all lovers of mature, pure & old school claret. Very consistent too as we have tried this 3 times in the last 3 years and performed between 95-96. Today it was easily along with the other gem the 85 Gruaud Larose the red wine of the night. Our previous TN from 3 months ago hold true . " Beautiful, evolved, open nose, complex, cedar, light leather, light fruit. Harmonious wine, balanced and a true Gem". Once again a 96+ and we repeat a must buy.
Pre Christmas Dinner at The Ledbury (The Ledbury, London): Consistently a great wine and was easily wine of the night. Double decanted 2 hours ahead. Fine sediment. Beautiful, evolved, open nose, complex, cedar, light leather, light fruit. Harmonious wine, balanced and a true Gem. We have had it 3 times now and rated it 95 in 1/12,95 4/13 and today was a clear 96+. A must buy
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(Chateau Talbot St Julien) A deeply coloured wine, with some orange-red to the rim. Thick oily legs. The nose is delightful; meaty, oaky, violets. Slightly spicy/curry notes. The palate has good body. Tannins evident, finish is alcoholic. Cigar-smoke flavour. Good length.
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