I bought this bottle on the basis of notes here on CT. (And I must be grateful for that.)
Ullage was at the lower neck; so not bad. Cork came out easily and all the signs suggested that this bottle had been stored perfectly.
I didn't take notes at the time but this was superb. Old furniture, leaves and even mint on the nose but all backed up with some decent fruit on the palate. I was worried that this might fall apart soon after opening, and as all my other wines were in storage, I was praying that this wouldn't be flawed or past it. In the event it actually benefited from a bit of air (as old wines sometimes do) and the last drops from the bottle (not the decanter) were still delish after 7 hours open.
This is an absolute bargain (£23) and if stored well should hold for sometime; although it's best to play it safe and drink sooner rather than later. It was really satisfying to see an unclassified growth stick two fingers up at the 1855 classification and the vintage chart.
Tobacco, cedar and general classic tertiary-aroma bordeauxness on the nose. The medium body has lost most of its primary fruit and the tannins have softened, but the acidity remains. Long finish. This will not get any better with time, so drink now. I kind of like the lean but developed style. Nice.
This was superb. Picked up for next to nothing with very little in the way of expectations but for a 21 year old Bordeaux from a fairly poor vintage this showed a lovely gravelley, autumn leaf and red fruited character with fully resolved tannin and a long finish. What a suprise! Must remember not to put as much faith in vintages in the future.
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