A friend brought this to a dinner party at our house some 35 years ago, and it was never opened. It was not an expensive bottle at the time, and I didn't think it was a wine for aging. Nevertheless, the occasion for opening it never came around...until tonight. Hey, it was a wine worth aging after all.
The bottle had serious ullage, and the soaked cork was difficult to remove. Lots of amber in the color. The wine is 38 years old, after all. First sniff: wow! A lively and lovely bouquet: red currants black currants, some floral notes. Lively fruit again on the palate with some minty notes and a pleasant finish.
Chateau Dillon is about 48% Merlot and 30-some% Cabernet Sauvignon plus Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The current vintage sells for about $20. This 1982 has an auction value of about $75--probably the best indicator of the wine's ability to age.