The fill was low shoulder. On touching the cork dropped a few millimeters. A Durand was used and the cork came out in one, if crumbly, piece. The wine was decanted for sediment and allowed to breathe for a few minutes. Purple in color, not showing a lot of age. The nose is initially dominated by volatile acidity, but that partially blows off leaving dust and cassis. Much better on the palate. This still has thick tannins. A pristine bottle of this would likely be just hitting its stride. This bottle is advanced but still with plenty of cassis fruit. OK finish. An impressive wine considering the storage and cork. Not a great howing but worth drinking a glass for sure. A reminder that 1984 was 34 years ago.
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