St Julien, 2me Grand Cru Classe (6cm below cork, bin soiled label)
Description and Reviews:
"The 1961 is among the greatest mature wines of Gruaud-Larose I have drunk. This powerful, rich, densely concentrated wine remains young, fresh, and vigorous, with a full decade of life ahead. It continues to exhibit a dark garnet color with some amber, a wonderfully fragrant quality (plus, minerals, tar, cedar, soy sauce, and licorice), a viscous texture, sensation depth of fruit, and a fabulous, albeit alcoholic finish. This is claret at its most decadent. Anticipated maturity: now-2015." Parker, Wine Advocate 1994. Rating 96/100 "Deep brick core with tawny rim. The nose is lovely, akin to the 1982 but more open, with mint, mulberry, a touch of strawberry compote and orange rind. The palate is medium-bodied, very smooth and utterly harmonious. Perfectly pitched acidity, sensuous, almost Saint Emilion-like. A sweet, fleshy middle and finish with leather, mulberry, wild strawberry and cedar. A beautiful, mature Gruaud Larose with perhaps another decade on its plateau. Lovely. Drink now-2017. Tasted October 2007" Neil Martin, Wine Journal Rating 95/100.
Level 6 cm below cork upper middle button, label good but slightly bin soiled