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October 13, 2019

2008 Léoville-Barton

Dinner at Claudi Bosi at Bibendum in London.

2008 Léoville-Barton – nice smokiness here with graphite notes. Nice and woodsy with pretty decent fragrance.

Full post on dinner is here.

2018 François Crochet

Lunch at St. John in London.

2018 François Crochet Sancerre - nice and dry overall, but there was some ripeness on the back end.

Full post on lunch is here.

October 7, 2019

2013 Georges Vernay

Dinner at Sushi Saito Hong Kong.

2013 Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon - initially served too cold, and showed lots of flint and minerals.  There were some aromatics but less floral than I had hoped.  There was roundness and ripeness here, but also kinda lean on the finish.

Full post on dinner is here.

October 3, 2019

Krug Grande Cuvée and Rosé

Krug x Pepper dinner.


Krug Grande Cuvée, 167ème édition, ID 118012 - nice and toasty nose, with delicious ripeness.


Krug Rosé, 21ème édition, ID 316033 - fruity with lots of strawberries.

Full post on dinner is here.

September 30, 2019

A pair of Kongsgaard

Dinner at VEA.

Raphaël et Vincent Bérêche Grand Cru 40 Mois de Cave, dégorgée le Octobre 2017 - lean on the palate, with reasonably high acidity along with some ripeness.

2006 Kongsgaard Chardonnay - nice and ripe on the palate without being over-ripe.  Sweet nose that was almost like sugar cane.  Not bad at all.

2006 Kongsgaard Grenache/Syrah - served after more than 45 minutes in decanter.  Nose was very sweet and jammy, with nice leather and animal notes.

Full post on dinner is here.

September 28, 2019

2007 Bonneau CdP

Dinner at Wagyu Vanne.

2007 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape - surprisingly sweet on the nose, almost bubble gum-like, with smoky, leather notes, but also a little dusty at first.  Improved after some aeration.

Full post on dinner is here.

Birthday party wines

A kiddie birthday party.

2014 Pattes Loup Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons - toasty nose.  High acidity but kinda round, although not as ripe.

2015 Nicolas Potel Chablis - more rounded on the palate but grippy at the back.

2005 Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées - smoky, leather notes.  Very fragrant with nice and very ripe fruit.  Some forest notes, too.

1982 Ducru-Beaucaillou - really fragrant with lots of smoke and cedar.  Smooth tannins.

1998 Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques - very fragrant and almost floral, with smoky and leather notes.

1998 Hudelot-Noellat Romanée Saint Vivant - very fragrant and kinda elegant, with ripe, black fruits.

1982 Trotanoy - very fragrant, cedar and woodsy, more ready and open than the Ducru, but a bit stinky.

2018 Ferme de la Sansonnière Rosé d'un Jour - pungent, flinty, sweet on the nose as well as the palate.

September 27, 2019

2001 Ojai Thompson

Drinking at home.

2001 Ojai Syrah Thompson Vineyard - initially kinda dirty and toasty on the nose, smoky, some animal notes.  Underneath there was some ripe fruit.  Very ripe and hot on the palate.  Color still dark purple and ink-like.
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