Tuesday 3 June 2014

1964 - The Great Vintage - Two More Bottles Down

I continue this severe task of drinking all of my my birth year bottles - it is hard work but I don´t complain...:-)
With herb crusted lamb filets and a rosemary and mushroom sauce, would could go better than a pair of mature Bordeaux bottles?

1964 Château Haut-Larose
This Lussac-Saint-Emilion offers up a lovely mature nose with notes of dried black currants, old leather, veal stock, tobacco and some horses in a distance. Soft and fine. This has evolved into a charming creature.
The taste is bigger than the nose leads you to believe with ripe red and black currants, bay leaves, veal stock and autumn leaves. A fine sweetness. There is still some fine grained tannins in the end of the finish. Drinking great today.
89p   (tasted 2014/05)

1964 Château Chasse-Spleen
I have always had a soft spot for this estate, and I have found memories of the 1975, 1985 and 1989. The 1964 is a charmer right out of the bottle, with fine notes of black currants, bonfire, rosehips, lingonberry lemonade, tobacco and whiffs of a fresh stable. Mature but not as much as the Haut-Larose. Very, very good.
The taste is taut and aristocratic with notes of black currants, cigarette ashes, forest floor, pencil shavings and warm tiles. The finish is long and balanced. This performs very well over the evening. Could surely be cellared for another 5+ years. Very fine.
91p   (tasted 2014/05)

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