Time for the two oldest white Bordeaux bottles I have acquired for this project. And luckily enough, both were alive and kicking!
1939 Château La Tour Martillac
In Chapter II I tasted the 1982 La Tour Martillac and wrote some short remarks about this old estate. And talk about old, what about a 1939?
The nose is restrained and a bit feeble, but very much alive. It evolves with air into fine notes of bee wax cakes, dried apricots, old glue, linoleum and a touch of smoke. An ever so slight touch of botrytis. Rather deep. It actually grows in the glass, these old things need air. Very good.
The taste is dry, medium deep and a bit hollow with notes of old lemons, oilcloth, gravel and some rubber. Wet stones. Some dry leaves. Fresher on the nose. But still highly enjoyable with a grilled salmon.
85p (tasted 2015/11)
1949 Château Bouscaut
The white wine of Bouscaut consisted way back of 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc (its now 50/50). The Lurton family has owned this estate since 1979. They have some old Semillon vines from the 19th century that still gives good fruit.
The nose opens cool and restrained, and evolves in the glass with notes of dry lavender honey, lots of gravel, dry lemon peel and some nutty scents. Good but it feels a bit shallow.
The taste is mature, tight and dry with notes of candied orange peels, dried apricots, smoke, gravel and oilcloth. The finish is medium long and ends very dry. A bit too dry - as the label says "Extra dry" - on its own but it works fine with the food.
82p (tasted 2015/11)