For a half bottle to ago so well and for so long proves the 18 Dionysian points this 50 year-0ld Bordeaux received was worthy of it. The 1970 Chateau Pichon Lalande is one of my long-time favorites, had 12% ABV, and cost $11.50 back then. Full bottles of today’s releases cost hundrends.

Sweet leather, cherry fruit reduction, and some pipe smoke with a hint of cigar box fill the nose. After decanting, the wine was smooth as silk. It did not, however, hold up for more than 30 minutes.

Served with a steak. A+

Few wines, if any, can beat old Bordeaux when cellered correctly. This was my last one. I was surprised that the color held, but the brick red and amber edge had grown larger since my last bottle 10 years ago. In Vino Veritas.