Visual impression: Venerable age with brick red color, thin rime and a light body. Fragrance: Very scent of stables, violets and tobacco. On the palate: Complex wine with well balanced tannins and low acidity. Notes: A well-matured wine that held through the entire dinner despite it's high age, a pleasent wine.
Drank alongside a '70 Chateau Leoville Barton, and the Batailley was definitely showing the better of the two. Musky on the nose with some leather and stable as one might expect from a wine of this age. There is still some strong fruit here - mainly blackberry and currants - with anise and cigarbox. Black fruit and tobacco notes on the palate. Body is medium-light and there is a short but pleasant wild berry finish. Tannins are all but gone. Was a wonderful bottle, but certainly shouldn't be kept much longer.
High hopes, following a strong showing at Robersons' Old Wine Night, plus level still in the neck. Didn't disappoint. Cork crumbled somewhat but still moist. Colour still red, with very little orange or brown at the rim. Nose enticing, all secondary Bordeaux. On the palate medium weight (at best), lovely integrated smooth taste, fruit still there, tannin long mellowed. Finish quite short, but nevertheless so nice to appreciate fully mature Bordeaux still drinking well. Went well with moist roast lamb, and enjoyed the last bits off the sediment with a snitch of mature cheddar. Rare experience, and well worth the punt.
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