($4; 950) Full, deep red with an amber rim. Exotic, roasted aromas of red berry liqueur, mocha, truffle, underbrush and mint. Wonderfully sweet, opulent and decadent, with a level of extract rarely found in today Bordeaux. But a powerful backbone keeps this 41-year-old wine amazingly firm. Finishes with roasted ripeness and great persistence.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2002
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18
Dark crimson with brick to orange rim. Very rich and plump and opulent. Lively, well balanced, well mannered. Not soupy. Though the tannins a little insistent. Great harmony though. Long and comforting. Just starting to decline. Lovely wine.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 100
Tasted 5 Times With Inconsistent Notes. The 1961 possesses a huge nose of coffee, sweet, jammy, black fruits, buttered nuts, and truffles. The syrupy texture, and fabulous concentration, viscosity, and richness were unbelievable. Given its port-like richness, this full-bodied, massively endowed, fully mature wine is reminiscent of the great 1947. Interestingly, Madame Ducasse told me that two-thirds of the vineyard was replanted in 1957, so 66% of the blend is from 3-year old vines! Readers who are fortunate enough to have bottles of this nectar should plan on drinking it over the next 10-15 years.
Author: Robert Parker
Tasted from magnum. Not everyone's cup of claret, because of its extremely mature and aromatic style, but a nice glass of wine anyway. It has strong caramel and butterscotch flavors overriding a pruny fruit component.--1961 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now through 1998. '