Betsy was working last night, I made leg of lamb with roasted potatoes and sauteed spinach for Dave and I. Needed Bordeaux for my lamb, opened the 1998 Vieux Fortin (St. Emilion). I had been a little disappointed in this before, so had expectations well in check. This bottle showed much better than previous ones. Nose of flowers and cassis with a little vanilla; the palate is more red-fruited, raspberry and plum with some earth. Flinty minerals on the reasonably long finish. First of these I've thought were actually a deal at the low$20s price. B+
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.