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The October 2019 Auction: Part 2

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Auction Ends: 10/10/2019 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #3. Beychevelle 1978

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Score: 91 JG.
"The 1978 Beychevelle could still do with a few more years in the cellar to fully blossom, but with a bit of extended aeration, it begins to emerge from its adolescent stage. Given the combination of the 1978 vintage’s slightly green edge and Beychevelle’s propensity to show a bit of bell pepper as well when it is still on the young side, there is a touch of herbaceousness here that may be a bit off-putting to those with a low tolerance to pyrazines. But the nose is complex and lovely at the same time, as it offers up scents of cherries, a touch of bell pepper (already moving in the direction of chipotles), cigar ash, lovely soil tones, a bit of tobacco leaf and a faint whiff of cedar. On the palate the wine is medium-full, long and complex, with fine elegance, moderate tannins, fine intensity of flavor and impressive length and grip on the tangy finish. I really like this wine, but would want to give it four or five more years of cellaring to allow the bit of remaining tannins on the backend to recede further. But this will be a very good drink in a few more years." John Gilman, View From the Cellar, May/Jun 2011, Issue #33
Provenance: The Matador Cellar
Notes: Mid shoulder, nicked, lightly corroded capsule, heavily damp stained, lightly mold stained, very lightly scuffed label.
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $70


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