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1961 Pape Clement Bordeaux Blend

France Bordeaux Pessac Leognan

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Score: 92 Rated By : Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Jan-1998

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Pape Clement Bordeaux Blend 1961
Soft and Supple
Rennie G.
Rennie G.

Rated  on Jun 12, 2008

this was a very delicious surprise for me. i was very concerned about this wine because it showed some signs of seepage and the label was torn up a bit. i was EXTREMELY careful with the cork, and removed it gingerly from the neck of the bottle using a pronged corkscrew that slides in between the neck of the bottle and the cork. it came right out and was wet up about 2/3rds of the side of the cork.

the aroma out of the bottle was musty, as are all older boredohs in my opinion. it's when they open up that the bordelais magic starts to happen. i figgered there would be some significant sediment in the bottle, so i decanted it while being careful to leave most of the sediment in the bottom of the bottle. i let it sit for about 1/2 hour in the decanter and in a riedel vinum extreme stem. the colour was lighter than a younger boredoh with some browning from oxidation around the edges. as i stuck my nose in the riedel stem the first time, there were faint, yet delicate aromas emanating from the bowl. it was almost floral in its fragrance with a hint of plumminess. i sipped it gingerly and it was thin on the palate but the flavours were very similar to the aromas on the nose; somewhat floral with a packground of plum. i had another glass out of the decanter a bit later and it was much better-more of the plum coming through. needless to say, it didn't last the night.

straight up 4 rennies outta 5-not bad for a 47 year old.


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