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Tasting more mature wine with Lou including 1970 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou


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One great aspect of now living near Lou is that I can just pop over for a drink.  Which is exactly what I did yesterday after work.  Lou suggested a random selection so I had stood up a random bottle of the 1970 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, Saint-Julien midday. I opened the bottle at Lou’s house, successfully removing all but the very last bit of cork using a Durand.  I was able to fish this last bit out using just the screw.  Not knowing the condition of the wine we poured from the bottle rather than decanting for sediment.  The wine was certainly stinky and tight at first but the nose cleaned up after half an hour of air and the flavors developed their dimensions.  I drank my share of the wine both at Lou’s house then at home with Jenn.  I did the same with the 1999 Domaine Grand Veneur, Chateauneuf du Pape.  The Grand Veneur was a lighter, mature wine which was generally agreeable all around. Lou had double-decanted this wine so it was ready to taste.  I would drink this Grand Veneur before it thins out even more.  It was the Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou that we prefered and finished up first.  There was more complexity, more mouth-weight, and overall satisfaction in drinking.  In truth I had hoped for a bit more presence but given that we were still happily drinking it while sitting on the couch watching home renovation shows, is all that matters.  What a great way to end the night!

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1999 Domaine Grand Veneur, Chateauneuf du Pape
Imported by Ginday Imports.  This wine is a blend of mostly Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre which was aged in vat and oak casks.  Alcohol 14%.  There were both wood notes and some sour red fruit that was generally attractive.  In the mouth were black fruit flavors, garrigue towards the middle with a slightly rough finish.  The wine oscillates between roundness and in need of more flesh.  Sometimes there were hints of ripeness.  ** Now but will last.

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1970 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, Saint-Julien
Imported by Cross & Blackwell Vintage Cellars.  Upper-shoulder fill.  Alcohol 11.5%.  There was a good, moderately deep garnet color.  The nose had quite the bottle stink at first which morphed into wild onions and eventually cedar underlaid by onions.  The wine eventually became savory and mouthing filling with notes of cedar followed by tart red and black fruit.  The middle was lifted with a sappy nature, integrated acidity and a decent length. There was even still some ripe structure and blue fruit which was left on the gums.  The wine was a bit linear at times with a short finish but did give ethereal sensations of midplate ripeness.  ** Now.

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