Not to speak ill of the wine, but the most beautiful part of this may well be Leonor Fini's label. This is my second favorite Mouton label behind the Chagall label (and maybe the Delveaux, too). The fill on this was immediately below the neck; the cork was flush with about 6-7mm left to go! A remarkable cork. And the wine... I think if you really want to know a chateau, you've got to taste the wines at all points in their evolution. And this satisfied that - this is the oldest Mouton I've drunk and it is on its last legs (from 375). We drank this over about an hour and a half but it was best within the first 30 or so minutes. I like old wines and the trails they go down. Though this has held up better than some of the 66s, it's mostly patina now; a whiff of dried raspberry, furniture polish (the final destination for oak), sous-bois on the attack, eventually picking up orange peel. An important experience but clearly the wine has seen better days. So if you can find a REALLY large format - I'm talking double mag or bigger - this might have some substantial life left. I got to share this with my father, who was in kindergarten in 1952, and his best friend - the two guys who got me into wine in the first place. A gift.
New Year's Eve: WineSpectator.com Offline, San Diego (San Diego): Upper shoulder fill. Opened two hours in advance, then decanted gently and served immediately. Clear blood-ruby-brick-mahogany. Bouquet of forest floor, dried red currants, saddle leather, iron filings. Medium body with silky mouthfeel and short finish. Began to maderize after an hour, with notes of caramel and cashew. This wine has clearly seen better days, but still clinging to life. Thanks SD-Wineaux for this special treat.
Cork fell apart upon opening. Some ullage - level is at high shoulder. Dark ruby with bricking on the meniscus. Initial nose has some funk but underlying fruit is showing. First taste is similar. Decanted and filtered and set aside for 3 hours. Upon return, the wine had opened up and was remarkable. The liveliness of the fruit was fantastic. Dark berries, with additional layers of mocha, forest floor, a small hint of spices, raspberry. There was not the overpowering sense of terroir that I anticipated with a 60 year old bordeaux. Instead, a wine that exhibited finesse and style. Truly magnificent.
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