, from JDAW. A magnum of Fonseca 1970 had been decanted the previous evening. Half went into an empty pre-chilled Claret bottle, that went straight back in the fridge. Half went into an empty room-temperature Burgundy bottle, which was left in a room that was cool but not cold. That was at about 11pm on Monday.
On Tuesday at about 5pm the Claret bottle came out of the fridge, and with its sibling and I went to the pub Hamilton Hall
. At about 6pm or so we repaired to The Steak Exchange
, and they were tasted at about 8pm.
We tasted Dissection (chilled, Claret bottle) first. I declined to give an answer, as the two were pairs to be tasted together. Answers came in a rush (Dissection then Dissected): THRA, W77 W70; DRT, F70 F77; AHB, G85 G85 (I can’t remember the difference he suggested); RAYC, G70 G80; JGH, D83 D85. Ben noticed the high fill levels, which nudged Derek into cleverness: a magnum!
It was suggested (by THRA?) that this experiment was worthy of repetition. (For that discussion see thread Split magnums
(Dissection, chilled): dark red, 80% opaque. Nose of plums. Taste was hot. Plums. Tasted much younger than the room-temperature bottle.
(Dissected, room temperature): slightly less opaque at 70%. Also hot. More mature, softer, and larger.