Opened this last week to celebrate my son in law's 40th. Lucky guy, I have plenty of 75's! This is the third bottle I've uncorked over the years, high shoulder fill, and wasn't expecting much since the first two were rather disappointing and one dimensional. However in this case a good thing came to one who waited. As soon as I pulled the cork and took a whiff I knew I was in for a treat, the aroma was just beautiful. I had to check the label and make sure this was a 75 Barton! Knowing how hard the 75's are I let it breath in decanter for two hours. Very nice, well balanced, medium bodied, surprisingly youthful. It showed some pedigree for sure as it kept developing in the glass with nice mid pallet fruit . I have two more bottles to look forward to, no rush. Hopefully it was the extra time in my cellar that finally delivered as opposed to this just being a way above average bottle.....so far. The wine looks violet colored. The legs are medium. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like strawberry. The body is medium/full. The wine has polished texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has low acidity.
A well kept bottle. Medium red color. Displays grace for its age. Austere. There is a very faint whiff of fruit but this is all secondary at this point. Cedar and a touch of leather. Classy stuff that has aged well. Probably past its prime in terms of expression and character but this is still drinking well.
Big Gambles (Home): This oddball bottle had been following me around for years. 1975 in Bordeaux was a challenging year in that it produced very hard wines--impenetrably tannic in their youth. The bottle had been properly stored for the many years it was held, but still showed ullage to just under high shoulder level. Since the color appeared sound through the neck and punt, I'd just held it for "someday". When "someday" arrived, I pulled the saturated cork about 2 hours before consumption and decanted it off the heavy sediment. The wine was a ruddy red going into the decanter and the aroma veered between slight VA and nothing at all--a pretty typical birth (or death) ritual for an older wine. It settled down to notes of stewed fruits and, finally, the leathery notes I love so much in mature Bordeaux. The bottom line is that the wine was either past its prime by a few years, or more likely, that it never had a prime at all considering what must have been overwhelming tannins throughout its life. Whichever the case, it was still good to find life in a 40+ year old wine.
For stamina. This wine has been impeccably well stored since acquisition upon release. Never seen a temp above 58 and for thirty of those years never above 53. Plenty rich but a pervasive iodine note if you will. 24 hours later of sitting on the sideboard, still very much alive and well. Remarkable.
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