Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Dense, dusky purple-brick dust red in colour. Nose is slightly oxidised Oloroso sherry that sadly didn't blow off. Palate is sweet, very rich but has a cognac and overly candied boiled sweet element that lacks the usually multidimensionality of an old Grange. Black coal and rather stale molasses. Rather harsh and hot finish. Heady and resonant but clearly an imperfectly kept bottle. Too disappointed to score it but interesting to have drank it. Apparently, another bottle from the same collection opened two days ago was much better. Damn.
Initially it looked like a tokay but then went on to become more like an amontillado sherry. Not sure if this bottle was representative of a truly good bottle but apart from curiosity this was lacking. Sweet fruited palate like christmas cake does have some lightness to the darker aspects but overall couldn't rate this one. With the huge reputation and given the wines age I wouldn't pay any serious money for one of these.
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