TN: 1986 Chateau L'Arrosee

Did a coravin pull of this a couple nights ago. Pulled the cork tonight. No difference noted.

Cork in perfect condition. Multi-layered nose of cedar, anise/thyme herbs, plum, cassis, other red berry, hint of tobacco, and toasted creme brulee. Mid acid and balanced tannins but you can tell they are there. Definitely at the end of its drinking window, but the fruit, acid, and tannins aged beautifully.

Extra flavors of dark red berry and some dried fruit but mostly followed the nose and was multi-layered at that. Mid length finish that held the flavors throughout.

All in all a very good right bank Bordeaux, but if you have one, I’d drink it soon.

Drank it with roasted chicken, carrots, and potatoes.

Also: did a wine-glass horizontal with this. Grassl 1855, Riedel Somm Burg, Riedel Somm Bdx, Ichendorf “red” glass. The Ichendorf was flat and caused a weird flavor on the finish. Riedel Burg and Bdx Somm series were about the same. Good, but finding the aromas was a challenge. Grassl 1855 was the best of the group (and the cheapest). Nose popped right out and the flavors were balanced.

I had this 2-3x in the 90’s to early 00’s time frame, and thought it was pretty tired even then.

That wine glass horizontal is super cool. Thanks for sharing the experiment, Anthony.

Very glad the old girl still had some '86 spine to carry her into 2020.