The cork was half way stained and intact.Decanted about ½ hour.Reticent nose giving some tobacco notes.Light bodied palate,showing tobacco in the forefront,some decent but fading sweet fruit and hints of graphite and liquorice.Pretty short finish but rather smooth and enjoyable.Classic left bank stuff.Time to drink up.
Really lovely. Received for free because it was "too old" but it tastes great to me (and no, I'm not English, though I do like my Bordeaux with some age on it). The rough tannins of youth have been shed and what is left is a nicely balanced wine with lots of fruit along with smoke and graphite on the nose. It may not last much longer, but right now it is still giving a lot of pleasure.
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