RSJ 'IAN A's Greatest hits of the 1970s': Excellent wine. Sweet, ripe red fruits which remain juicy on the palate. This is not austere in the slightest, a-typical for St Estephe, or as big as the Montrose, which we had at the same sitting. It is remarkably textured and silky, earthy and leather, and the tannins fine resolved.
From a less-than-stellar vintage for Calon-Ségur, this well-cellared bottle was was respectable. Medium garnet/amber in color, it retains some plum and cherry fruit, flanked by earthy and dried herb aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, tart, seamlessly alcoholic and with melted tannins, it stays solid in the middle and closes with medium length. Clearly past its prime, this left-bank Bordeaux is still drinkable, but those holding bottles should definitely pop the corks. Drink now.
Although wine was stored properly from purchase upon release until consumed, the wine is very old, with some leather and peppery spice, very little life, no fruit or perfume. A half-bottle that should have been drunk years ago.
Lovely aromas, some mossy forest floor, green coffee, menthol, and green herbaceousness. Really kick ass in the mouth, lovely, rich texture and lovely vibrancy. Lots of vibrancy and tannins still present on the finish with plenty of acid. The acid is just crazy. Most of the lovely components are structural as this doesn't have too much fruit, but I don't miss it at all. The texture throughout this wine, particularly what's left on the finish, is wicked awesome. It's just so supple and rich. Far better than the bottle I consumed last year (same source).
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