Had this bottle since 1979. Ullage was bottom neck. Cork came out clean with a Durand and was dirty but not soaked. 1975 was an extremely tanic wine but was widely claimd to be the best vintage of the decade for the first few years, but the tannins were so fierce that the fruit generally disappeared before the tannins smoothed out. Decanted and then tasted over the next 30 minutes. Like the song goes, still tannic after all these years. no longer fierce, but still a bit of bite. Classic Gruaud/Cordier flavor profile. Earthy, smooth saddle leather, a bit of forest floor and mushrooms, and just a tad of fruit. Some dark cherry in the background. Considering age, and seven year of mediocre storage at the beginning, this was in great shape. Delicate. No negative characteristics except that age has lightened up the flavor quite a bit.
Second Sunday Group: 1975 Bordeaux (Augie's): Aromas of dark fruit and earth/forest floor, with hints of dried mint and spice box. Has more tannin remaining than the others in the lineup so far, with a chalky feel, though there's plenty of dark fruit underneath. Long finish. Excellent.
From 375 huge amount of bottle stink, fairly light garnet colored. Still with dense leathery tannins and no real fruit to speak of, but showing no sign of decline and actually probably in need of more time in this incredibly backward vintage.
Wine tasting at Paul B's place (Cambridge, UK): Tasted double blind. Oh wow, what a nose! Fantastic barnyard and cassis, I could sniff this all night long! The palate however was losing it, still had good tannins, but the fruit is fading. Still a treat and wonderful to smell and taste!
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