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October 8, 2016

82 Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Dinner at Gaddi's.

1982 Grand-Puy-Lacoste - decanted upon opening, served immediately.  It took a couple of minutes for the hint of musty nose to dissipate, but once it did the wine just got better and better.  A classic claret, with earthy, smoky notes.  Very silky smooth on the palate, with acidity in the middle.  Not a whole lotta fruit here, with more grilled meats instead.  Later on showing more cedar and a little more sweetness.  A beautiful bottle of wine.

Full post on dinner is here.

October 7, 2016

Bubbly and white

Dinner at home.

Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Sainte Anne Rosé - 60/40 blend between chardonnay and pinot noir, mainly from 2010.  Sooo full of red fruits like strawberries, with some caramel notes.  Just wonderful.

Roses de Jeanne Lieu-dit Les Ursules, 2009, dégorgée à Juillet 2011 - nice and ripe, with a good mousse.  Always love this Champagne.

2009 Pazo Señorans Albariño Rías Baixas - ripe nose with lots of honey, straw, and a little muscat grape.  Sweet on the nose.

October 3, 2016

MNSC dinner: Duddell's

MNSC dinner at Duddell's.  My turn to host.

1970 Moët et Chandon Cuvée Dom Pérignon - obviously mature, with lots of Chinese licorice, very sweet, lots of caramel and sugary, but also savory and mineral notes, some salted plum.  Big on the attack.  Sooooo beautiful.

First flight: opened 1¾ hours prior to serving, not decanted.
1970 Lafleur - seemed to show wet cardboard nose on top of leather, smoky, and earthy notes.  The group voted to throw this out because it was corked.

1976 Lafleur - pretty fragrant, with a hint of floral notes.  Elegant with a little sweetness, almost a little jammy.  95 points.

Second flight: opened 2½ hours prior to serving, not decanted.
1991 DRC Richebourg - stronger animal notes, a little stinky and funky.  Later a little musty, and not very pleasant on the palate.  88 points.

1996 DRC Richebourg - very fragrant, with plenty of sweet, red fruits.  A little plummy, too.  After 20 minutes in the glass, the palate also wasn't as pleasant.  96 points.

Third flight: opened 3½ hours prior to serving, not decanted.
1990 Henri Bonneau Cuvée Speciale - ripe, a little leather, a little sharp on the nose.  A little flat on the palate and slightly green.  93 points.

1998 Henri Bonneau Cuvée Speciale - ripe, plummy, black fruits, jammy, a bit smoky.  Palate was going downhill 4 hours after opening.  97 points.

1998 Henri Bonneau Réserve des Célestins - a little minty, pretty sweet and fruity, ripe, almost jammy, with a little forest notes.  96 points.

Full post on dinner is here.

October 1, 2016

Big guns for kiddie bday

Birthday party at Seasons by Olivier E.

1980 Moët et Chandon Cuvée Dom Pérignon Rosé, en magnum - really ripe and sweet nose, with red fruits like red currants.  Just beautiful.

1992 Leroy Corton-Charlemagne - beautiful and fragrant, with a big, toasty nose.  Also pretty sweet and ripe.

2001 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet - sweet and ripe, with less toasty notes.

2001 Rouget Echezeaux, en magnum - leather notes along with some fruit, not quite open.

2003 Prieuré-Roch Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Le Clos des Corvées, en magnum - soooo ripe, so sweet, with flamboyant fruit and woody notes.  Just beautiful.

1982 Trotanoy - smoky, a bit grassy, and a little leather.  Drinking beautifully.

1982 Calon-Ségur, en magnum - more tea and soy sauce notes, earthy, smoky, and cedar.

1966 Vieux-Château-Certan, en magnum - much sweeter and riper than expected, with a little coconut.

1996 DRC Richebourg - floral and beautiful.  Wow!

2010 Liger-Belair Echezeaux - toasty and nice, but needs time to mature.

2001 Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis, from magnum - decanted.  A little smoky, sweet, cool fruit, sweet spices, minty.  Still really concentrated.

Dinner at My Tai Tai.

2000 von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abstberg Riesling Spätlese-trocken - good acidity here, dry without being too sharp.  Classic petrol nose.

2006 Selbach-Oster Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese* - grassy, perhaps a little corked.  A little flinty nose with orange and apricot notes.  Very sweet on the palate and very viscous.

1966 Vieux-Château-Certanen magnum - 5 hours later, the nose had kinda faded but it was still pleasant to drink.

2001 Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis, from magnum - now triple-decanted after 5 hours.  Still got lots of concentration here, and pretty nice.

September 30, 2016

1970 Egon Müller Spätlese

Dinner at Jiang Su.

1970 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese - a little green and grassy, with some petrol in the nose.  Some sweetness here still along with the acidity.  Nicely balanced.

Full post on dinner is here.

September 29, 2016

Mags for a party

Farewell dinner at WET in W Hong Kong.

2000 Smith Haut Lafitte, en magnum - smoky, earthy, with some fruit.  Classic.

2003 Pavillon Rouge de Château Margaux, en magnum - classic left bank with smoky nose and decent fruit.

2011 Gaja Barbaresco - definitely higher acidity, a little smoked meats.

September 28, 2016

Fourrier, Ponsot, and Roulot

Dinner at Neighborhood.

2010 Roulot Meursault Ruchets - lemon and flint notes.  Drank better than my last bottle 2 years ago.

2004 Ponsot Griotte Chambertin - plummy and alcoholic on the nose, with leather and almost a hint of floral notes.  After 3½ hours the nose was more musty and animal.  Drinking pretty nicely.

2008 Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combe aux Moines - more concentration here, with eucalyptus and cool fruit.  Lovely.

Grappa della "Donna Selvatica che scavalica le colline" Riserva 45% vol. Bianca - definitely singed the hair in my nose a little.  A little herbal notes.

Full post on dinner is here.

September 27, 2016

Sotheby's tasting

A (mostly) Burg tasting organized by Sotheby's Wine in advance of their upcoming auctions.

2011 Lucien Le Moine Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot - nice and toasty, a little buttery corn, sweet vanilla.  A big nose.  Good balance between acidity and ripeness on the palate, with a long and hot finish.  Drinking beautifully and just about my wine of the evening.

2012 Vincent Girardin Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières - more caramel and ripeness in the nose, with a little oak.  Acidity was a little higher here.

2013 Henri Boillot Meursault - riper and sweeter on the nose, with some oak.  Acidity slightly on the high side.

2003 Leroy Chorey-lès-Beaune - nose of black olives with some fruit like stewed prunes.

2009 Bruno Clair Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru La Dominode - more animal notes here, smoky.  Still young.

2005 Domaine de L'Arlot Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forets Saint Georges - light and boring, with some fruit.

2009 Mouton-Rothschild - double-decanted 3½ hours prior to serving.  Very ripe and sweet on the nose, with some smoky and cedar notes.

2009 Lafite-Rothschild - double-decanted 3½ hours prior to serving.  Sweeter on the nose, with vanilla oak and smoky notes, some exotic spices.  Very fragrant.

2010 Lafite-Rothschild - double-decanted 3½ hours prior to serving. A little bit of tea, savory, hint of smoke, grilled meats, and leather.

2002 Cos d'Estournel - rounder, more minty, with fragrant cedar notes and ripe fruit.  Drinking nicely.

2011 Mugnier Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale Rouge - violet and floral, with leather notes.  Beautiful.  My wine of the evening.

2011 Arnoux-Lachaux Clos-de-Vougeot - more concentrated, with forest notes.

2011 Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin - nose of animal, leather, and fragrant wood.

2009 Olivier Bernstein Charmes-Chambertin - leather and smoky notes.

2011 Saouma Châteauneuf-du-Pape Omnia - ripe and sweet.  This will last for a while.
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