Top shoulder fill. Allowed to breathe in bottle one hour before tasting. Clear medium blood-garnet red with brick rim. Mature, elegant bouquet of cigar box, red currants, exposed mud flats, dried cranberries. Seamless, wonderfully balanced old claret. No idea why this bottle showed so much better than another bottle 22 months ago from the same source. This bottle seemed more youthful and well-preserved.
Base neck fill. Decanted and served. Clear light-medium mahogany-ruby. Mature bouquet of pine forest, leather, bloody roast beef, stewed rhubarb and tomato. Light, smooth, refined on the palate. Should have used this for cooking, and the cheap supermarket wine for drinking, instead of the other way around.
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