July 2, 2021 - PnP. Drinking beautifully without decant. But doesn’t have the stamina to hold in an open bottle for more than 45 minutes.
May 22, 2021 - Almost perfect. Dried fruits, cassis on the nose. On the palate : silky smooth, long and persistent. On top now - will probably deloverskrift at this level next 3 years before it starts to decline.
January 1, 2021 - The last bottle of this wine just two days ago was a positive surprise and encouraged me to try some more bottles from the remaining case I bought in 1993.
This bottle had a slightly worser filling level but was still in the neck.
The cork was good but broke by pulling as well.
The colour was a bit more brownish than the one of the last bottle.
The scent was more present and pretty earthy (mushrooms) right after pouring.
Annotation: I don´t decant very old bottles in order to avoid quick fading. I rather pour a glass, put a saucer as a lid on it and wait 1-2 hours. This is mostly sufficient for aeration and lifting up the whole bottle.
So after 2 hours of pouring a glass this bottle showed much more tertiary flavours, very few remaining fruit and lower acid and - of course - much lesser grip than the last one.
Nevertheless a very good wine with a classic flavour profile of a fully matured Medoc, with medium body and very good length.
December 30, 2020 - Bought two cases for a ridiculous price in 1993 and this bottle survived 2 moves. It spend the last 17 years in one place and in total more than 25 years in my cellars.
Filling in the neck. The cork broke into pieces with the pulling...but pouring showed a translucent shiny purple colour with no brownish signs of oxydation.
Takes 2 hours of aeration to gain body and to balance the high acid.
Still very lively with vibrant fruit and lots of tertiary flavours. Old school BX at its best.
Of course this is just an excellent bottle which could have been stored for another decade. But I have 12-14 bottles left and I will try some more bottles soon. I´m sure there will be some disappointments among them.
Drink now of course.
December 16, 2020 - Nine years since previous bottle, and the wine has developed nicely into a better wine now. Dark brick red. Dark and masculine Pauillac aromas with cigar box, lead pencil, leather and rusty iron. Also some aromas of the tannins that are still there in abundance. Quite velvety in the mouth, but there are also some rustique tannins, which explains its 5th cru classifications. Powerful and impressively young and alive, and should continue so for at least a decade.
July 17, 2020 - Cork indicated good storage. Nose still had pronounced primary notes even after 30 years— blackberry and cassis underpinned by cedar and lilac. The palate was lively if restrained, with mostly resolved tannin and a very Pauillac sweetness. This isn’t going to get any better. Drink up.
March 15, 2020 - A crumbly, disintegrating cork did not bode well. Impossible to get it out whole, so filtering into a decanter was essential. Some fine sediment, but not a huge quantity. Initially, a murky, decaying undergrowth nose. Then, miraculously, over the course of an hour in the decanter, the nose changes completely: attractive cedarwood and pencil case, evolved but intense fruit. On the palate, little or no obvious tannin and just enough acidity: overall, elegantly structured and balanced. Lovely sweet mature fruit - the Merlot component being more apparent, in my opinion, despite it only making up something like 35% of the blend. At 30 years old: not too late to drink this bottle, nor too early - just the perfect moment. A wonderful win in the game of Old Wine Roulette. With cold roast beef. A small additional label underneath the usual chateau label: 'Selected and Shipped by The Wine Society Stevenage Hertfordshire.'
May 27, 2019 - Mature rusty red. Nice nose with a hint of leather, well integrated palate with savory notes and some plum. A very pleasant wine with food, less interesting on its own but friendly. This seems at peak, or just starting to go downhill. Well worth opening now.
June 15, 2018 - Pop and poured after leaving upright for a day. Deep brick with brown at edges. Fairly clear at this point. Nose: tomato, menthol, eucalyptus, cedar, plum, soft leather. Low acid, tannins soft, medium finish. Velvety on palate. Fruit starting to go but nice leather notes, menthol eucalyptus, potential blue cheese in finish. Really lovely wine from the year of Twin Peaks, Dépêche Mode’s Violator, and Total Recall.
June 5, 2018 - Full developed, classic in style, with a strong lean to the bright, cassis and cranberry side of the classic, leaner style range, the wine offers notes of herbs, tobacco, green herb and leafy essences in the nose and palate. This is fully mature.