1979 Lur-Saluces “Y”- France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur (12/5/2016)
Pop and pour at Les Clos in San Francisco with assorted Berserkers. Purchased at an Acker Internet auction about 6 years ago. Golden yellow with a hint of orange but lighter than a comparably aged Yquem. The nose was expressive floral with pineapple. The palate was like a dry Yquem- there was citrus, pineapple, some tropical fruit and spicy botrytis. It opened up more as it took on air over two hours and warmed a bit. The finish filled the mouth for a long time and you could taste it well after it was gone. Another Acker auction gamble that paid off.
My general comment is that if this is an example of a well-aged white Bordeaux blend, an aged dry Haut Brion, which is supposed to be the top of the pyramid, must be absolutely phenomenal. (93 pts.)
Jay I know exactly what you were getting at though. And when I had it last with their team I am pretty sure they went through a stylistic change about a decade ago.
But Chris, I find most values are decently expensive. If I have a $150 bottle that I would happily pay $225 for, I would say that’s a decent amt of economic value added and hence a value…and I’d put it up above the pape clement/Shl/ddc Blancs, but I do like the style so it totally is pretty objective on the point you brought up.
The '78 “Y” I tasted a couple of weeks ago, sourced from WineBid, was also tremendous although not as tropical as you describe the '79. More interesting than the young versions.
I am a fan of HB Blanc but the style is much different, more waxy and minerally than “Y.” I unloaded my remaining stash of '85 and '89 HB Blanc recently after disappointing experiences with both vintages after numerous great bottles of each when they were younger.