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November 9, 2009

MNSC Dinner - Whisk

MNSC dinner at Whisk, hosted by Lord Rayas.

1996 Salon - served pre-dinner and accompanied the first course. Toasty, yeasty nose and fairly acidic on the palate. Needs time.

1973 Petrus - classic claret nose, a bit musty at first with grilled meats and a sweet fruit core. A hint of marmalade and a little smoky and spicy on the nose. Closed down for a little, then showed green peppers and vegetal notes. Pretty sweet on the palate. 91 points.

1973 DRC Echezeaux - Wow! Amazingly sweet, fruity nose. Obviously a Burg, with some bacon and floral notes. Finish was a bit short which led me to lower the score a little. 94 points.

1973 Beaucastel - nose was very fruity but initially overwhelmed by a burnt charcoal / rubber smell... Very farmy with bacon fat. Nose was very sweet and absolutely beautiful when the burnt rubber smell disappeared. Wine was very cloudy as it was not decanted. Died a horrible death in glass after the second pour...what happened? Only nose of black olive tapenade remained. 93 points.

1982 Jaboulet La Chapelle - Wow! The nose was very sweet with obvious floral / rose characters. Also showed grilled meats and orange notes. An amazing wine! 97 points. With the floral notes I thought it was a Côte-Rôtie with Viognier...likeGuigal's La Mouline. Who would have thought it was an Hermitage? Most definitely my wine of the evening.

1982 Penfolds Grange - nose was amazingly sweet and jammy, and a bit metallic at the same time. Also notes of caramel, cotton candy, vanilla and coffee. A classic Grange. 95 points.

1982 Vogüé Musigny VV - the weakest wine of the flight. Nose was pretty sweet, fruit and floral but the body was light. 89 points.

1990 La Conseillante - initially smelled of stinky cheese, toasted black sesame and smoke. I didn't like it quite as much as the others. 93 points.

1990 Henri Bonneau Marie Beurrier - nose of smoke, farmy, arm pit, a bit stinky...hint of wet chalk, cumin. Then sweetness emerged with orange and raspberry. A very good wine. 95 points.

Full post on dinner is here.

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