Born during the Lebanese war (with the Israelites), this bottle persevered through the years despite all the sufferings it had witnessed. Secondary and tertiary aromas – notes of caramelised sugar, leather, tobacco, earth, and perhaps a touch of clove were all quite prominent. The somewhat opaque garnet-tawny core with an orange-crimson tinge belied the fruit flavours, structure and acidity that it still held, and probably will continue to hold for another couple of decades, provided the cork doesn’t give way. Not too many bottles left in the stash. Oh well. Wrote a chinese version of this (not quite the same though) here.