When I dug into the cellar exploring some of these older St Julien holdings, I found I had several bottles left, not just one, hence I was eager to try it. Much to my surprise, and delight, this was drinking very nicely, exceeding my expectations, and meeting or even surpassing my best recollections of early tastings.
Tonight's tasting was better than my two previous tastings which were in 2010 and 2016 when I wrote,"Medium bodied, slighly brickish color, nicely balanced soft earthy leather and tobacco tones predominating over the black cherry fruit on moderate, smooth tannin finish. Time to drink." Tonight this was showing a bit of barnyard funkiness on opening that burned off over the course of an hour, but still showing tangy tongue coating notes on the cherry fruit."
Clearly there was some bottle variation between the two earlier bottles and tonight, even though they were all from the same case with the exact same provenance.
Dark garnet colored, medium bodied, black berry fruits with earthy leather and tobacco notes with a pleasant black cherry accented cedar finish with smooth tannins.
RM 89 points.