October 2, 2020 - Bottle breathe for 1.5 hours. Opened up in glass after 10-15 min. Matured fruit nose with very integrated palate with cigarette, tea, some fruit. Very smooth. Medium finishing. Best after 30 min in the glass, and it lasted for around 1.5 hours.
July 29, 2020 - Outstanding bottle. Opened in advance but not decanted. At first a very complex and subtle nose of mushrooms and sous bois. Over two hours built to a rich, long and complex wine with tobacco leaf, smoke, and a surprisingly rich mid-palate. Still quite dark red and seems like this go on for quite a bit more time — though no reason to wait.
June 7, 2020 - Was slightly worried as bottle had a bit of fungus under the foil top and cork was very damp. Managed to gently pry out the very fragile cork but was rewarded with a beautiful balanced, fully mature but still surprisingly fresh claret. What a treat! Clearly orange on the rim. Finish was quietly lingering and wonderful to savour. Classy and elegant would be the key words I would use. Am going to hunt myself down a few more bottles!
As ACheng noted , drink this all by itself and enjoy! Food will just overpower it.
May 26, 2020 - Still drinking well after 50 years. In fact, this bottle drank better than the last one I had. Well into the tertiary spectrum. I decanted half and left half in bottle. Surprisingly, the portion in the decanter drank better than that in the bottle after 4 hours. Dried orange peel, leather bureau and cedar spice. Tannin has completely melted away and acidity held in check. A contemplative drink. Paired it with steak. Overpowered by the food. Drinks better on its own or with milder meat like veal chop.
January 21, 2020 - Stood up for 4 days, decanted off sediment at 5:20 and back into bottle, drank at about 8. The aromatics were more pungent sooner after the decant, but still were lovely and graceful old stewed red fruit, leather, and soil aromas, feels very much a classic old claret on the nose. Expressive and vibrant still, and perfectly balanced on the palate. Drunk next to (after) 59 and 66 Palmer, and did not show the exceptionally punch of the 66, or the completeness of the 59. But very, very good.
January 19, 2020 - Earthy, with loads of cigar box, cedar chest, tobacco leaf, red fruits and a touch of flowers, the wine is medium-bodied with an elegant touch to the fruit. This has moved past full maturity and should be drunk over the next 5 years.
December 21, 2019 - Wine Flock Champagne Gala (Park Ridge CC): Served blind. Immediately went to 70s Bordeaux. Great earth and dried herb aromas. A bit muddled on the palate. Fully mature. Far preferred the nose vs. the palate.
December 15, 2019 - Fading fruit. I didn't decant. Nose is pleasant. Not powerful at all. Acidic initially but this softened over the course of the hour in the glass. Su bois. Mushroom. I have had 3 of these. 1 corked and 2 as written above. It was good to taste the processes from the 1970s that created this wine. Less sophistication but they still got it done. The wine is just becoming more and more past its prime so I would rec to enjoy. I won't be buying more.
November 17, 2019 - I found this a bit four-square and unyielding. Fruit was moving toward the savoury end of the spectrum with a touch of furniture polish and walnut on the nose which was not very appealing. I can understand that this might be one of the better left bank wines of the 1970 vintage but I think this is more of historical interest, birth year wine present than drinking pleasure. Need to drink these up or sell them if anyone still has unopened cases!
November 11, 2019 - Unfortunately this bottle was maderized and tasted like it was from the 50s. Left bank Bordeaux? (50/100)