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March 3, 2000

Leroy, DRC, Grange, Suduiraut

Dinner at a friend's home.

1986 Maison Leroy Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru - decanted 1 hour prior to serving.  Good nose but not much concentration.  Obviously past its time.

Bought for NTD 3,200.
1989 DRC Échézeaux - opened 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to serving.  Much better than the Leroy.  Great concentration of fruit, good palate with a long finish.

Bought for SGD 367.
1972 Penfolds Grange - highly anticipated since none of us have had Grange before.  Decanted for 2½ hours prior to serving.  The nose was distinctive and unpleasant to me.  A friend described it as a "wet chalk" smell, and I have to agree.  There was still fruit at the core of the wine, but not enough.  It was quite a disappointment.  I initially thought the wine might simply be over the hill.

Re-tasted the next afternoon and it seemed the chalk nose disappeared somewhat.  However when we tried it again on the third night, the fruit started to disappear but the chalk was still there.

Bought for HKD 1,710.

1983 Suduiraut - this was nice. Older but not as concentrated as the '90 Yquem.  Much more of an orange and pineapple nose.  Very good indeed.

Bought for HKD 559.

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