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.
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.