Fine color. Thick with sous-bois on entry but he finds his inner-symmetry in short order. Mature scents of old-leather, dried-blood, black-truffle and sandalwood. He’s vital and smoky, distinctly more black-fruited character than the ’79. Still a lion, he’s the clever one, his authority built on guile and tension rather than size and length. You can still keep this. Now – 2018.
Thirty years on tasting.
Garnet core, touch of mahogany, good amplitude up to the rim. Distinguished on the nose: tarry blackberry, spent-violet, mineral notes of pencil lead. Firm, rich and composed on the palate. In concentration, more open-knit than ’82, ’85. So while it will be one of the vintage’s longest-lived wines (Léoville-Las-Cases is usually in that conversation) its future is more finite. A classic St.-Julien. Now – 2018.