The saturated ruby-black 1975 Chappellet burst from the glass with expressive and youthful aromas of ripe black cherries, hot bricks, cigar ash and iron. On the palate the wine is incredibly youthful, with a masculine personality and a deep core of fruit: the tannins are nicely melted, but this wine still has an imposingly large-scaled structure. While the wine is classically-proportioned it is difficult to imagine confusing it with a Bordeaux because of its unique aromatics and palate impression; but if one had to pick an estate that this evokes, it would be the late, lamented La Tour Haut Brion.
Mature and flavorful, showing tea and leather aromas and thin fruit flavors, with a firm, dry, tannic texture. Dark garnet color with a spicy nose of new leather, peppercorn and candied cherry. Earthy and bitter tea flavors on the palate but nearly all structure has faded. A few years past its prime. Sic transit gloria mundi.
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