- 1959 Château Pape Clément – France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
My late father-in-law appreciated fine Bordeaux and after his passing, my wife inherited several cases of his collection. This bottle was from that collection. Like most of the bottles, this was past its prime but an honor and a joy to drink it on the occasion of my wife’s birthday. We got to enjoy two gifts from Bob Match that night: my wife’s presence and a bottle from the past. Fill was just in to the neck. The cork was soaked and soft, but came out intact. Very light in weight, cedar with raspberry and pencil lead. The finish, while short, was of dried cooking spices. The wine quickly faded, but not before reminding us that wine is more than just a beverage to quench your thirst and satisfy our hedonistic side. Sometimes, it is memories in a bottle.
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