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Tasting Notes for Vieux Chateau Certan, 1945:
Tasted 2 Times With Consistent Notes
Tasted twice and rated highly each time, the 1945 is an exceptional winemaking effort in what can be a frightfully tannic vintage. It exhibits a dark, murky, plum color with little garnet at the edge. It also possesses a huge nose of smoked meats, black-raspberries, plums, licorice, and tar. Dense, chewy, and powerful, with gobs of tannin, and amazing fruit extraction, this full-throttle wine must be at its plateau of maturity, yet I see no reason it cannot last for two more decades.
Parker Points: (98-100)
Drinking Period: 1994-2014
Tasting Notes for Latour, 1959:
Dark garnet with an amber edge, the 1959 Latour reveals a touch of volatile acidity in the nose, along with aromas of melted caramel, tobacco, and jammy red and black fruits. As the wine sat in the glass, notes of minerals, coffee, spice, and underbrush emerged. There is still copious tannin in the finish (I am not sure it will ever be fully resolved), but this sumptuous, complex, fragrant, super-rich Latour cuts a broad swath across the palate. Fully mature, it is best consumed over the next decade.
Wine Advocate # 129 Jun 2000
Parker Points: 96
Drinking Period: 2000-2010
Tasting Notes for Haut Brion, (Top Shoulder), 1928:
Tasted 4 Times With Inconsistent Notes
I had mixed tasting notes on the 1928. At its best, it is the most concentrated, port-like wine I have ever tasted from Haut-Brion. Its huge, meaty, tar, caramel, and jammy black fruit character is unctuously-textured. The wine oozes out of the glass and over the palate. In some tastings it has been over-ripe, yet healthy and intact, but nearly bizarre because of its exaggerated style. There is a timeless aspect to it.
Wine Advocate # 95 Oct 1994
Parker Points: 97
Drinking Period: -