Greatest bottle of champs I have ever tasted, hands down.
So, as to the '68 Rioja, very interesting wine. I don't mean that as a back-handed complement, it was delicious, but interesting in several ways. First, it was clearly "old wine" but not an old bottle. The cork was pristine, the bottle looked brand new, and the there was zero sediment. So, this wine had to be aged somewhere else and then recently bottled. Knowing, basically, nothing about Rioja, I have no idea how this works but I have never heard of the frogs or the Napans doing it so maybe it's a Spanish thing.
It was fully mature, a bit bricky at the edges, tannins gone but otherwise surprisingly youthful. None of the "bad" signs of aging. Really, just perfect and even a bit light compared to other Riojas I have had but of course I have never had one even close to this old. In fact, my experience with them has been largely negative since all the ones I have ever had have been really young and pitch black and tight and tannic and basically undrinkable.