I’ve wanted to taste the wine for years, especially after the stunning bottle of 1962 Latour tasted last year. How would it measure up, against that giant? It was close, but… Light in color, the nose delivered cigar box, sweet jammy berries, spice, forest floor and cherry notes. Medium/full bodied, the fruit, while exotic in texture was starting to fade. Still, it was quite nice for a 51 year old wine. That being said, I would not hold it any longer.
Wine Bash of the Year 2012 (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria): Mind-blowingly good - this was the wine of the night in the midst of an absolutely stellar line-up. What an amazing nose it had, with waves of damp earth and mushroomy undergrowth, deep whiffs of cassis and black plums, a draw of tobacco and a little hint of damp cedar. Really, really beautiful. But if anything, the palate was even better. Completely en pointe and ridiculously delicious, it showed pure, sweet, sappy gobs of cassis and black cherries swathed in velvety tannins and perfectly integrated acidity, opening up into a full, fleshy midpalate where the pure fruit was met with savoury, umami notes of undergrowth and meat. The silky finish then glided away with complex nuances of tobacco and earth. This was a classic Mouton, and an absolutely brilliant one at that. A complete wine with all its parts - acidity, structure and fruit - in perfect balance. Absolutely wonderful. It faded rather quickly after 20 minutes, with the fruit thinning out over the structural remnants of the wine, but it was a marvel when poured. Best Bordeaux I have had this year.
Bordeaux 1962 (semi blind) to celebrate Robert's birthday (Amsterdam Wijn Antiquariaat): First shortly after opening over-ripe dried cherries, cedar, tobacco, chocolate and some mint in the nose and high acidity plus (un-natural) sweet tones on the palate. But several hours later this had all developed into an intoxicating bouquet of thick overripe fruits, leather and cedar. The palate gained more structure and body with glycerine, fat, ripe fruits, mineral, graphite and iron tones and an 'old school' Bordeaux finish. Better drink soon.
An outstanding bottle - deep ruby with very little fade at the rim. Superb concentated cassis and dark berry fruits on the nose with pencil lead and cedar. Lovely texture and mouthfeel. Amazing for the age.
From a nice looking bottle with a high shoulder fill. This wine was quite dark in color, maybe darker than the 1961 which led me to wonder if it needed more time. It certainly needed a lot of air as the nose went through several stages. The wines composition seemed heavy on cabernet with a flavor emphasis on mocha, cherrys, eucalyptus, and soil.
After 3+ hours of air, the mouth became more rounded with flavors followed that the nose. The wine had great length as a classic dusty finsih developed. However impressive, this wine that is still had a touch awkward roughness in the mid palate. It is hard to tell if it will improve or not. However, it will easily last 20+ more years and I would be inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt.
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