I concur with Henry's note as well as his comments on bottle variation. Smoke and brett, full-bodied, savoury elements with fruit still alive and kicking. Rustic, masculine, some rough edges and lacking elegence but tannins appear to have smoothed out considerably. Like some of the 86s I've tasted recently, the wine has probably just entered a long drinking window with little fear of the fruit drying out anytime soon.
This was quite a bet. Cork and level almost perfect. Decanted 1 hour. Alive Ruby red, with pink/orange rim; consistent. Intense,complex and fine at nose: Mainly vegetal (Rubhurb, Cola), spicy (Coffee and tobacco), red fruits jam on the background. Some dust/earth and maybe tertiary hints. Dry,decent body and tamed tannins. Intense persistent and fine. Long finish also if low acidity and decadent body. Black Fruit on the background.
I am absolutely convinced not only of bottle variation but that a good cellar is worth its weight in gold. Many on Cellartracker! rate this in the mid 80s-but they sure as hell are not drinking what I am. The color is garnet with a hint of orange at the rim. Nose all tertiary-seasoned salt, tobacco and cedar. Taste was medium weight, medium midpalate and good finish. Taste was dried herbs, tobacco with a hint of licorice. An absolute delight and it shows 1986s-at least the lover levels-if stored well are drinking well. YUM! Stored in an active cellar since release.
Bricking on the rim with a closed nose at the beginning, opened in the decanter and got a slight but typical Cantemerle nose, but pats it`s prime. Into neck level and cork slightly saturated. Nice old Bordeaux with a medium body and short finish that got much longer after 3 hours in the decanter. Lot of plums on the palate. Decanted for 1 hour 15 minutes and drunk over 2 hours. Drink up.
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