The wotn for the troplong vertical. This is beautifully and gracefully aged. Clean bright glowing red fruits that is almost burg like lithe but of cos this still displays all the rich round plumpish merlot dominant right bank characteristics. However this has now developed all sorta of interesting cigar , tobacco leaves seeped in aged puer tea notes. Some sweet fresh leather , fresh mushrooms earth and finishing with Darjeeling.
The 1959 Troplong Mondot is still very youthful, with a saturated ruby-black hue, and there is no hurry to drink it up. The nose is a blend of quite plummy, figgy black fruit with some top notes of chocolate and herbs. On the palate, the wine is rather rustic, with massive volume but some rather coarse tannin: as if made from fruit of widely varying maturity, some over-ripe, some under-ripe. The overall impression is rather rustic, and the '59 probably ranks somewhat behind the '61 and '64 at this address, although I begin to think the estate is simply not a very interesting terroir to begin with.
"Licorice and rancid milk chocolate," said the octogenarian who brought this wine to dinner. To me the nose suggested power and extraction, which were confirmed on the palate by some resilient stringy tannins and, dare I say it, some dark-chocolate astringency. The savoury palate lingered like cigar smoke, with hints of tar as the finish wore on.
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