Saturday 17 December 2022

Birthday Bottles From The Greatest Vintage Ever...

...which of course is 1964. These were some bottles that I opened to accompany a recent family dinner. 
Now only 62 bottles of 1964 in the cellar (panic!)

2007 La Grande Cuvée, Jeeper
No notes but from memory I would say that this is even more tasty than the 2005 - Barolista: Tasting Dinner With Vintages Ending With A "5" or the 2008 - Barolista: A BYOB Barbeque Evening
93p   (tasted 2022/11)

The bottle to the right not rated...

1964 Saint-Aubin, Moillard-Grivot
A rich. mature nose with notes of orange peel, wet earth, dried apricots without the sweetness, hint of coconut and rubber. Interesting and still very much alive.
The taste is dry and salty with notes of dried orange peel, herbs. nuts and dry minerals. Reminds me of an old Fino. Very good.
86p   (tasted 2022/11)

1964 Château Yon-La-Tour-Figeac
Opens a bit grumpy but with air it evolves into a fine, mature St Emilion, with notes of plums, old leather, fresh stables and autumn leaves. A fine dried up warmth.
The taste is a tad more linear than the nose but it has a fine maturity, dried fruit and medium long, dry finish. Very good with the Coeur de filet Provencale.
87p   (tasted 2022/11)

1964 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, ? Bourlioux
Almost black in colour. A big, burly nose - something added here? - with notes of fir wood, cooked blackberries, asphalt and bonfire.
The taste is big and steady with lots of black fruit and notes of bonfire smoke, scorched earth and asphalt. Feel a bit "made" but still delievers a fair amount of pleasure.
87p   (tasted 2022/11)

1964 Rioja Gran Reserva, Gomez Cruzado
Not completely DOA but not far from it.
60p   (tasted 2022/11)

1964 Mercurey, Frères Levert
From a family with a long history, see the back label. The nose is high and handsome with notes of root vegetables, dried raspberries, forest floor and a hint of balsamic vinegar. Very, very good.
The taste is round and mature with notes of dried raspberries, autumn leaves, herbs and earth. A fine acidity. Holding up great in the glass.
90p   (tasted 2022/11)

1964 Barolo, Luigi Alessandria
On the label it says "Poderi in La Morra e Serralunga d´Alba", so this probably is a blend from these two areas. The nose is deep and fine with notes of dried cherries, red tea, dried flowers and a whole mushroom forest. Very fine.
The taste is dense and fine with notes of dried cherries, asphalt, dried flowers and rosehip. A long, dry finish. No hurry to drink any remaining bottles.
91p   (tasted 2022/11)

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