This is still a work in progress as I upload tasting notes and wine labels from as far as 1999... Check back once in a while to get the updates.

February 28, 2007

BYO dinner

A BYO dinner at the China Club, hosted by Bordeaux Index.

Billetcart-Salmon NV Brut Blanc de Blancs - reasonably easy to drink

Dom Perignon 1996 - always a pleasure to drink and the color remains incredibly light

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling (forget which vintage) - a bit harsh I thought and overly oaky, not made in the Alsace/German style which I enjoy

Grand Puy Lacoste 1996 - classic Bordeaux claret which the brokers described as the most underrated Pauillac on the market, along with Pontet-Canet. I think they are probably right but it's not made in the style that I really like

Mouton Rothschild 1996 - this is much more to my liking as it was a bit more opulent and open

Leoville Las Cases 1990 - not bad but didn't make as much of an impression on me. We discussed our common disappointment with the '82 (how could Parker rate it as a 100 pt wine?) and that we both liked the '85 as a good value wine

Araujo Eisele Vineyard 2000 - this was very elegant and opened up well, very French with grassy overtones

Pahlmeyer Red 1995 - I brought this bottle to dinner and was very much disappointed, as it clearly did not open up like my previous bottles

DRC Romanee Saint Vivant 1991 - this was nice but a bit disappointing, as I felt the nose had a bit of cooked fruit and indicated perhaps poor storage conditions? The label was stained

Emanuel Rouget Echezeaux 2000 - honestly a bit disappointing as the nose faded fairly quickly and the alcohol/minerals became a bit sharp

JL Chave Hermitage Rouge 1983 - this was clearly the wine of the evening for me. The nose was gorgeous and it really showed what a good Rhone should be

Full post on dinner is here.

February 21, 2007

1997 Troplong Mondot

1997 Troplong Mondot - half bottle drunk at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Hong Kong.  Beautiful wine...

Full post on dinner is here.
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