Got this bottle as a gift 11 years ago. It was kept under poor conditions and had signs of past seepage. Nevertheless I decided to give it a go against Lafite 1980 & 1981 for my 36th Birthday. The cork was very hard to get out and we decanted for sediment. The wine is past it’s time, but I have great respect for a wine that is 40+ years.
Pierre Morey/Lafite Lunch: A remarkable surprise from what should be the most knackered wine imaginable given the dreadful vintage. A little dusty coming out of the bottle, but the funk more or less cleared up. Very vegetal however, and slightly stewed - like old vegetable broth. Not unpleasant, though. The palate has lost most of its structure, but there is still a classic elegance there. The rot that apparently blighted the year isn't apparent at all - a tribute to the amount of effort that must have gone into triage. I admit that I'm more partial to old and funky wines than most, but this really isn't dead at all in my view. Quite an interesting experience, although the 70 drunk alongside is obviously a far greater wine.
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