With 12.5% alcohol, the 1989 Chateau Prieure-Llichine Grand Cru Margaux scored 18+ Dionysian Points. It cost $20 back then.  It was decanted just half an hour before serving. It opened up for another hour and a half with cassis, smoky leather, and aromas of Virginia pipe tobacco.


It was a numbered bottle: 204995 . The wine was used for the cheese course and not the main entree. It was perfect. Always serve your oldest most complex wine with the post-entree cheese course prior to dessert.

The black fruits from the Cabernet were still there. The wine, at 31 years old, could have gone another decade.  In Vino Veritas.