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    Sale 12233

    Fine and Rare Wines from The Avery Family Cellar

    20 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 179

    Petrus 1961

    1 bottle per lot

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    Petrus 1961
    Pomerol, cru exceptionnel
    Slightly corroded embossed château capsule. Badly bin-soiled, slightly damaged and damp-affected label. Duclot slip label. Level top-shoulder
    Tasting note: For some time, and understandably, one of the stars if the saleroom. Though I first tasted it in 1967, I only awoke to its magnificent, amazing fruit, and velvety richness in 1978 and made eight glowing notes through the 1980s. Colour ‘black as Egypt’s night’, opulent, ‘rich, rich, rich’ , spicy, even peppery (alcohol), chunky yet velvety, with soft ripe mulberry-like fruit, fleshy, ‘almost cloying’ ...... you wallow in it; and you have to have that sort of wealth to have it in your cellar, let alone to order it in a restaurant. But I must stop being condescending. It is a superb, almost unbeatable mouthful. Back to 1994 for a superb bottle, sweet, exceedingly full -body and fruit. A luscious mountain of a wine. Noted blind, at Wolf’s tasting of ‘61s and ‘59s in Aschau, Nov 1994 ***** and no end in sight. M.B.
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