A big and juicy old wine, with a youthful heart of fruit. Dark ruby in color, with an abundance of blackberry, plum, dark chocolate, tar and mint aromas. Similar flavors make for a full-bodied, chewy mouthfeel. Long finish. (JS)
The 1968 BV Reserve was another brilliant wine in its day, but my previous experience with bottles since the turn of the century had been with a wine with its best days clearly in the rear view mirror. However, this particular bottle outperformed the 1970 served alongside of it, and really was a pretty good drink for the near-term. The bouquet is deep and more vibrant than the 1970 today, as it offers up a lovely mélange of black cherries, cocoa, blood orange, a touch of tobacco, Rutherford dust, Château Figeac-like nutty tones and a nice touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is fullish, long and complex, with lovely purity on the attack, good mid-palate depth, and a long, silky and rather gentle finish that still retains its shape and bounce all the way to the end.
This wine remains at its plateau of maturity, with greater holding power than the 1970. There is a lot to be said for the 1968, a fascinatingly perfumed, spicy, richly fruity wine with full body, outstanding concentration, and wonderful freshness and length. (RP)
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