First, many thanks to 'pape du neuf' for letting go of these perfectly conditioned bottles! These were enjoyed this past weekend with Jace and another friend. Overall, the Barton was well over the hill but drinkable, while the Beychevelle was showing very well. Other wines poured this night included a 2000 Château Gloria St. Julien and 1998 Château Bahans Haut-Brion. The Gloria was a great bottle (90+ pts) of wine with ripe fruits and great structure. The Bahans was also a solid bottle of wine with medium fruits and tobacco notes (89/90 pts).
1975 Chateau Leoville Barton: Good fill level, cork came out in one piece. Subtle dried fruit notes but most of the fruit is faded. There are mild tannins left, but uninteresting and over the hill. 83 pts
1975 Chateau Beychevelle: Cork came out in two pieces, wine was decanted for sediment and poured within 30 minutes of decant. Deep crimson color with subtle fading. Beautiful aroma's with layers of mature fruits, fig, dried prunes, plum and notes of leather. The tannins are fully integrated and lead to a medium length finish. Drink now, may last another few years with proper cellar conditions. A nice mature Bordeaux. 90 pts