Robert Parker 87
This wine is distinctively herbaceous and cedary, with surprisingly high acidity, and aggressive tannin in the finish. Its medium garnet color and smoky, roasted herb-scented nose are followed by a wine with good fruit on the attack, but an angular, sharp finish. The wine appears to be closer to full maturity than its younger sibling, the 1979. Anticipated maturity: Now-2010. Last tasted 10/97
Anticipated maturity: 1997-2010
From The Purple Notebook – Decanter/Christie’s fundraising dinner at Covent Garden. Very aromatic and lively and fresh. Quite light. ‘Rather an old-fashioned wine, slightly 19th century. The only advantage it had was its acidity. It offers no resistance in any way to being drunk.’ Baron Eric de Rothschild. The last of three very different expressions of Cabernet/Merlot. There would have been a logic to serving them the other way round.
Anticipated maturity: 1995-2010