1975 Croft

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1975 Croft - from the cellar of Lord Lichfield

Post by DRT » 00:05 Tue 28 Aug 2007

Purchased from Tom Archer 3 to 4 months ago. Another 2 have now graced my cellar, thanks to Tom's generosity, which has prompted me to open this bottle. I will decant it tonight and the take it to London tomorrow morning to be consumed over 2 to 3 days.

The label looks like this...

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1975s

Post by jdaw1 » 01:42 Tue 28 Aug 2007

Having had bad experiences with ’75s, especially Grahams, from a decade ago to almost twice that, I gave up on this vintage. In mixed lots I always value the 75s at zero: let me know if I’m wrong.

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Post by DRT » 01:51 Tue 28 Aug 2007

Jdaw,

You are wrong. Give them a chance, especially this one.

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Post by DRT » 02:00 Tue 28 Aug 2007

On decanting

Very dark for an off vintage of this age but, unfortunatley, it's badly corked :?

I will take it along on the trip anyway and see how it does. Hopefully the wet cardboard will blow off :roll:

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Post by DRT » 02:13 Tue 28 Aug 2007

Despite the cardboard problem, this wine has a very attractive colour and a beautiful thick mouth feel. It's heat is slightly over-powering all other senses at the moment but I think this will have an interesting tomorrow.

Amazing colour. Very, very ruby. Like a ruby. :shock:

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Post by RonnieRoots » 09:49 Tue 28 Aug 2007

A pity that it's corked. The bottle that we had during the Crusting Pipe offline was singing. :)

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Post by Andy Velebil » 15:21 Tue 28 Aug 2007

Bummer...but good thing that isn't stoping you from drinking it.

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Post by DRT » 00:00 Wed 29 Aug 2007

ADV wrote:Bummer...but good thing that isn't stoping you from drinking it.
When has it ever :wink:

Much less cardboard tonight, almost none in fact. I am so glad I don't let this get to me otherwise this might have gone down the sink or into a spag bol :shock:

Some mint on the nose now. Big, thick, dry, chocolatey yumminess. Not as stunning as I remember its sibling being at the Crusting Pipe, which was decanted for a similar time as this bottle is now, but a very nice port which blows the "all 75's are worth nothing" notion out of the water. Very good finish. I can still taste it even though I last had a sip before starting this two-fingered attempt at typing :roll:

There is a remote possibility that some of this will survive until tomorrow. If so, there will be an update to come...

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Post by DRT » 02:32 Thu 30 Aug 2007

This is a new experience for me. The third night and I still have more than half a bottle sitting in front of me :shock: Is it possible that I am working harder than Ghandih ? :lol:

The thing that has struck me more than anything else about this wine is the colour. Gorgeous.

Cardboard corkiness - gone. Nose is quite spirity. Mouthfeel is still thick and satisfying. Dark fruits, chocolate and some mint on the end. Three days in - 1975 - give me a break !!!

This is actually a stunning wine. Most 1975's I have had are much more tawny in appearance and as hot as the fires of Hell. The vintage did not last the pace, which is not something you could say of this wine. Dark, brooding and holding up very well. On each of the three nights I have tasted it it has improved. Tom, you have a few keepers in your cellar :wink:

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PS: Did I mention the colour? I only remember taking this feeling away from 2 wines. The 1966 Fonseca at the Crusting Pipe in Nov 05 and this bottle. This is very shiny, shiny ruby port - beautiful.
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Post by DRT » 03:23 Thu 30 Aug 2007

I started out tonight believing that I would be adding to this thread tomorrow. But is not possible to add to a TN without something to T :roll:

This is great juice. Forget all that corky stuff, no evidence of it now and just very, very good VP.

Tom, you had better lock this stuff away the next time I rade that cellar :wink:

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Post by Conky » 08:36 Thu 30 Aug 2007

The corked aspect of this caught my attention. Great to here a Port survived that, and became very drinkable.
On a selfish note, that does make me do one of these, :roll: :roll: :roll: , when I think of that Offleys 63 that was poured away at the Crusting Pipe.
You live and learn. Next time, the cork goes back in, and experiments start over the next few days. In the hope it revives like your Croft certainly did.

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Post by AHB » 09:52 Thu 30 Aug 2007

Derek - are you sure that the wine was corked? I've never known a corked wine to recover over time, only to lose more and more fruit smell and develop more and more wet cardboard.

The only time I have known wines to recover from a flaw was when it suffered from bottle stink - which I describe as black treacle, burnt rubber or cabbage soup. (See a TN here.) I have since learnt that these are flaws introduced to a wine when it matures in a bottle in the presence of too little oxygen, apparently these smells are generated by sulphur compounds from the sulphurisation that most winemakers use to stabilise their wines. These smells will disappear once the wine has been exposed to air for long enough for the sulphur to oxidise to a less smelly compound or to become sufficiently diluted so as to lose their impact. The trick, I guess, is to get the balance right between allowing the reductive flaws to oxidise off while trying to ensure that the fruit and flavours of the wine stay behind.

I wonder if your wine suffered from reductive aging rather than corkiness?

Just a thought.

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Post by DRT » 16:23 Thu 30 Aug 2007

Alex,

Yes, I think bottle stink could have been the problem. The bottle of this that we shared at the Crusting Pipe could also have suffered from this same thing but I did not taste or smell it when I decanted it the night before the offline.

It will be interesting to see if Tom gets the same thing when he opens one of his.

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