I opened these bottles for our latest tasting in our monthly tasting group. I didn´t really expect all to perform well so I had a bunch of reserv bottles standing by.
All were opened 4 hours before the tasting and decanted just 30 minutes before the first pour. The held up all evening and in some cases improved.
1959 Château Croque Michotte
A fine, sandy nose with notes of a worn leather jacket, dried plums, bonfire smoke and undergrowth. Low keyed and silky.
The taste is dry and medium bodied with notes of dried red and black currants, cold cofffe and old leather. A tad dry in the finish.
87p (tasted 2023/09)
1959 Château La Tour du Pin Figeac
A deep, velvety nose with notes of plums, chocolate wafers, autumn leaves and coca-cola. Very, very good.
The taste is warm and open for business with lots of black fruit and a long, fine finish. Plums, coffee and chocolate. Bottles like this should go on for 5+ years.
90p (tasted 2023/09)
1959 Château Chatain
My WOTN. I have never heard of, let alone tasted anything from this Lalande-de-Pomerol. A deep, layered nose with notes of fresh stables, black plums, moist forest floor and chewing tobacco. A lovely sweetness to the fruit.
The taste is concentrated and rich with notes of plums, raisins, tobacco and earth. Very long and balanced. Wish I had more of this.
92p (tasted 2023/09)
1959 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion
A somewhat restrained nose with notes of sandelwood, chocolate, black currants and warm tiles. Soft and fine.
The taste is dry and mature (!) with notes of dried black currants, autumn leaves and cigarette ashes. Tails of rather hastily. Fine fruit.
88p (tasted 2023/09)
1959 Château Leoville Las Cases
I had high hopes for this one, but was disappointed. The nose is big and warm with notes of cooked red and black currants, burned earth, rubber and bonfire smoke. Feels like it have been stored a bit too warm.
The taste is tight and dry with cooked, dried fruit and notes of coffee, old leather and earth. Ends on a dry notes. Drinkable but not good.
82p (tasted 2023/09)
1959 Château Phelan Ségur
A deep, seedy nose with notes of ripe black currants, charcoal, iron and lots of forest floor. Very, very good.
The taste is still rather tight, indicating that this has some future potential. Long and intense with notes of graphite, black tea and ripe black currants. A fine grip in the finish. 5+ years.
90p (tasted 2023/09)