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English bottled by Justerini & Brooks; purchased via auction from a notable collector. Slightly deeper colour than the regular '31 vintage tasted alongside it but otherwise an identical dark brown centre with orange rim. On lifting this to my nose I felt my heart sink. The nose was dominated by thick, black treacle and cabbage soup. I have smelt similar in other wines and have always put this down to bottle stink - which has blown off after a few hours but we didn't have a few hours. What a disappointment. Little immediate flavour on entry, but a thick and lovely texture. The mid-palate brings the bottle stink flavours, but behind these are leather, roasted meat and a touch of heat. The aftertaste glides in slowly , building on a gentle structure of fruit. What a shame about the bottle stink that started to fade by the time we left but was still the dominant feature. This caused me to mark the wine much lower than it might have achieved, but I couldn't really get past it. Shame. 7/7 on Tom's scale or 90/100.
This was the bottle I tasted in March 2007 - I just posted the tasting note so that we could extend the run of Nacional vintages on the TN index.Derek T. wrote:Please tell me this is the same disappointing bottle you had in mid 2007? I can't imagine how distressed you would be if this has happened to you twice
It's only happened to me once, I've only tasted the Nacional 1931 once!
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