The Eleventh Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON, Canada): From magnum, decanted for sediment and served 10-15 later. Purchased ex-chateau and re-corked in 2003. Deep garnet colour. The nose showed sweet cassis, mint, red currants, spice, earth and dark florals. The nose certainly showed the hallmark of a ripe vintage but I also wonder if this was not topped up with 2000....giving it a little bit of a kick. The palate showed mint, cassis, red currants, lavender, spice, earth, cedar and leather. The palate is just so powerful! The finish is medium plus in length with great complexity and integrity. I think that this wine could last much longer, another case for sourcing ex-chateau bottles.
Once in Lifetime...: From magnum, decanted approximately 15 minutes prior to service for sediment, a deep garnet in the glass, with a moderate brick. This bottle was purchased ex-Chateau, and was reconditioned in 2003. It was re-corked when reconditioned, and as such, cork extraction was clean. I’m not sure what the Chateau used to recondition this wine, but man was this youthful for 112 years old. The nose seems indicative of a ripe vintage, showing deep, but slightly stewed aromas of red currants, black cherry, spice, dried herbs, earth, mushroom, exotic spice and lavender. On the palate, still very rich and vibrant, showing deep red and black fruits, earth, spice and dried flowers. The concentration in this wine is exceptional, with fully resolved structure in great balance, with a moderate finish. What a privilege to taste a wine of this age and provenance.
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