I am always amazed at the staying power of red Bordeaux wines. Fourcas Hosten is from Listrac, a good value appellation, and 1981 is not recognized as an ageworthy vintage. Yet, 33 years after the vintage, this wine is still showing marvelously.
Medium deep, bricking at edges. / Nice mature bouquet. Dried berries, flowers, cassis? Hard to pin down--just lovely, mature Cabernet smells with no hint of oxidation or drying fruit. / Also lovely on the palate. Sweet with a full range of flavors. Savory on the finish. Tannins are mature but not at all tired--even on the second night. This is an aristocratic old gentleman.
I paid $9.95 for this wine in the early 1980s; the current vintage (2009) sells for $18 to $20. Tonight, I far prefer it to any of the $50-plus Cabernets I tasted last week in the Napa Valley.