Again it is time for old fine Bordeaux and an old bottle of Valbuena. All wines were spent by a friend.
The Château Troplong Mondot 1955 St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe shows intense mature garnet with brick red rim. Full bodied, impressive density and power of mature red fruits und perfectly melted but present tannin backbone. Earthy notes and malt, all very well woven together. This low shoulder bottle is clearly maderised but still real fun to drink and it shows what a VTS bottle can do. The WT96 score seams very credible after this bottle.
Highlight of this tasting is the Clos du Roy 1955 Pomerol with high shoulder. The wine has expressively aromas of coffee, cassis, spicy, red pepper, herbs and mint. It has medium to full-body, balance, still some tannin, complexity, a medium to long finish and structure. The wine is lively and precise and shows that even lesser-known Bordeaux wines can be fantastic in great years. 18.8/20 points.
The Château Bourgneuf 1959 Pomerol has rosehip, coffee, a medium-body, balance, still some tannin, forest floor and herbs. The wine has power but is a bit rustic. 17/20 points.
The Vega Sicilia 1977 Valbuena 3° has expressively toasted notes, coffee, herbs, mint, coniferous forest, a medium to full-body, density, power and fruity sweetness with some forest soil. The wine needs a longer aeration. 18.5/20 points.
If you are interested in these wines, you can find them in the live auction:
Château Troplong Mondot 1955 St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe
Clos du Roy 1955 Pomerol
Château Bourgneuf 1959 Pomerol
The Vega Sicilia 1977 Valbuena 3°