Bottle stored in passive cellar since release and fill was below shoulder, so the expectations were this wine was likely going down the sink. To build on that expectation, the top of the cork was moldy, the overly moist cork crumbled upon extractionn, the wine was brown and there is really not much on the nose. Surprisingly, the wine still was drinkable, although clearly way past its prime. Dry, with fruit and tannins very reduced. Nonetheless, there was enough left to show former character and to make worth consuming.
This smelled tired and past it, so I opened the Margaux backup. But by time we ate, it seemed to have perked up a little, showing some dark fruit under a layer of forest floor and cigar ash. Quite drinkable if a bit geriatric. B-
The second time I've had this wine and a really different showing than the first. Beautifully perfumed nose - very floral, still with good fruit and nice cedar tones. Really nice vintage Bordeaux. This was a wine that was meant not to be drunk for 20 years and to be consumed for 30 years after that. Is this sort of thing being made anymore? Very nice mouthfeel. Maybe nearing the end of its plateau, but not at all convinced that this is truly on the decline. Splendid.
Showed well. Robe still dark, brick disc but not brown. Very bloody, meaty nose but has retained good fruit. Still some nice wood. Not as tertiary as would be expected I suppose, but a little mulchy. Similar palate, a little hot. I enjoyed it. Bottoms up!
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