Went to a friend’s house for dinner a couple of nights ago and brought some leftover, half-full bottle samples of 2003 Bordeaux. I did a blind tasting in my office in Tuscany of these wines. They were latecomers because some, such as Pavie, were not in bottle yet for my tasting late last year, and others simply weren’t available.
In any case, there were some really excellent wines, including Pavie, Pavie-Decesse, La Couspaude, and Tertre Roteboeuf. They were in the range of what I tasted from barrel back in spring 2004. The notes will be published in the magazine later.
After tasting the mouth-puckering, juicy young Bordeaux (and yes, we not only tasted them but did drink some of them because they were so good!), my friend pulled out a bottle of 1996 Mouton. I know we have been talking about drinking first growths so I thought it was cool that this happened.
My mouth was watering looking at the bottle as he uncorked it and decanted it. I thought about how this was a very special night indeed. First growth, baby. Luckiest man in Tuscany!
The wine was served in my Riedel glass, and I swirled it around for a couple seconds. I could barely stand the excitement. I smelled the wine ready for the wonderful aromas of raspberries, flowers and licorice to come from the glass.
It smelled of fruit, but it was muted with a slightly green and musty undertone. The palate was full bodied, but it was also slightly dry and not completely right. What a passion killer!
It was not a good bottle. Maybe the cork was slightly bad. Who knows?
My friend was really enjoying the wine and saying how great it was. I didn’t have the heart to tell him what I really thought. What a bummer. In fact, I hope he doesn’t read this blog.
For the record, I have had the 1996 Mouton a number of times this year, and it’s beautiful. And I think it is drinking well right now. Here is a note from a blind tasting in London last fall that has not been published:
This is showing more evolved aromas of tobacco, cedar and cigar with red fruit than I remember. Full bodied, round and velvety. It’s coming on nicely. A pretty bottle. 91 points.
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