I had a bottle on Christmas Day without realising there was such apparent bottle variation. It was fine and everything I would hope a reasonably priced, twenty year old Claret would be.
If there is a wider problem with this wine, which we’re only guessing at, I hope it doesn’t put the society off taking a chance in the future. I was talking to one of the family in D. Byrne’s recently and he was telling me that they had stopped stocking old vintages of Musar. Not because there was a problem with the wine, but purely because too many people were returning bottles with imperfect corks.