Another wonderful night of wine tasting....
'66 Cheval Blanc
Decanted for 15-20 mins prior to our first sip. This was not the most amazing wine, but at nearly 40 years of age it was drinking very well and had some very nice secondary components to it. On the nose were elements of violet, tobacco, and red rose petal. On the palate....fully integrated with notes of sweet cherry, plum, baking spice, cigar spice, clove, leather, and sweet earth. Lovely bottle sweetness to it. Medium bodied, ruby red with some ambering at the edges. Moderate finish. This held together well over the course of the hour and a half it was decanted and consumed. 89 pts. solid.
'66 Ch. Margaux
GONE. Probably not a great wine to begin with. Clearly this bottle was over the hill. Notes of soy sauce, wet leather, and balsamic vinegar dominated the nose. I took a small sip and dumped it. No thanks. This must be what the '01 Montelena tastes like! 69 pts. for me.