Grand Sichuan jeeb with Oswaldo (St. Marks Place Grand Sich, NY): Fully mature with the structure resolved and a lovely fragrance of old Cabernet flavours - cedary, tobacco and savoury earthy elements combining into a wonderful scent. It's a little soft without much acidity and no real tannin left, but it's lovely to sit and just drink without much contemplation.
Have to love it, not sure I ever expected to drink this bottle. I have two but, thought they were gone. Wrong. Purchased in the late 70's and kept in my temp controlled cellar for all these years there is life. Clean, straight, lean Bordeaux nose. Lean, dry, crisp, woody, with austere fruit but full enough to satisfy a Bordeaux drinker with surprising fullness that becomes a bit bigger over time. Krug names this a “Vintage Selection” and goes on to say, “Among the stocks of our fine wines certain Lots indicate signs of greatness from their birth. To further develop the outstanding character of these exceptional wines, we set aside a limited amount for aging in 69 gallon French oak barrels, which is followed by additional bottle aging in the winery clears. Because of such special handling the bottle has achieved the distinctive bouquet, softness and flavor so desired by the connoisseur.” I would add, and the structure to withstand the fading of the fruit over the years. Similar to many of my fine Bordeaux. Fascinating and enjoyable surprise, will look forward to opening the final bottle of Charles' '74.
Opened the bottle on a Sunday afternoon, decanted it and gave it an hour to breath. The wine had an aroma of pencil shavings and herbal characteristics that warmed the nose. Typical tannins that left a moderate finish. In general the wine was fine, but nothing really special.
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