1963 Dow

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1963 Dow

Post by jdaw1 » 19:16 Fri 29 Aug 2014

Tom provided four excellent bottles, all from Hedges & Butler (which I guessed): Fd63, D55, D63, T60. And a half bottle of Mouton Rothschild 1955, alas not bottled by Hedges & Butler.

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Re: 1963 Dow

Post by jdaw1 » 21:58 Fri 29 Aug 2014

D63. Glorious red, 50% opaque. Nose not noted. Palate slightly hard. Red fruit, maybe cherry, very sweet, good size and length. But that hardness — it feels like the correct word because I don’t know how else to describe it — prevented this being of the top rank, especially in this company.

Hopelessly mis-guessed by me.

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Re: 1963 Dow

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Re: 1963 Dow

Post by AHB » 22:46 Sat 30 Aug 2014

Hedges & Butler. Lovely rose red colour, clearly mature; 40% opaque. A slight hint of bottle stink, harsh but fading slowly to leave a bitter rose hip and cranberry nose. Lovely texture but the flavour is a little harsh and acidic. The tannins are fully resolved, the fruit is bright but a little harsh. There is a big burst of flavour, full of fruit on the aftertaste with a good length of finish - which is really fine. Served blind, this was guessed to be Taylor 1960. 90/100. Drunk 28-Aug-14. Decanted 4 hours.
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