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December 27, 2009

MNSC Dinner - French Window

MNSC dinner at the French Window, hosted by Pineapple. Theme was 1969 horizontal.

1969 Dom Pérignon - this was a very, very beautiful wine - lots of straw, oxidized pear, orange marmalade, honey...the nose turned sooo sweet after a couple of hours. Color was deep golden, and the wine was initially slightly acidic but became much more so with aeration. 96 points. And I did guess the identity of this correctly.

1969 Penfolds Grange - nose was initially plastic and a bit chalky (this should have given me the hint as old Grange can be chalky), with sweet strawberry notes giving way to coffee and Asian spices. Pretty smooth on the palate with light tannins. 95 points.

1969 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Georges de Latour - very strong polyurethane and burnt rubber nose, with mineral notes. Tannins a little firmer. 92 points.

1969 Michel Gaunoux Corton Renardes - fruity nose, clearly an old wine, lightly stewed fruit, minerals, and lots of button mushrooms. Sweet orange notes emerged later, and a little sharp in alcohol. 95 points.

1969 Louis Jadot Chambertin Clos de Beze - beautiful, openly decadent. Smoky nose with grilled meats, a bit plasticky, amazingly sweet, with lots of bacon and farmy notes. Very light on body with a slight aciic finish. 98 points and my wine of the evening. Who would have thought? A Jadot...

1969 Guigal La Mouline - initially a bit closed and steely, with a very sweet fruit core underneath. Amazing ripeness. Was there eucalyptus in the nose? More structure compared to the Jadot, with a slight acidic finish. 96 points. What a privilege it was to drink this wine! And I would have thought I'd pick this as my favorite...

1969 Charles Krug - nose was a bit funky, old and oxidized. Disqualified from the tasting.

1969 Latour - smoky, grilled meat notes with eucalyptus. Definitely a Cab. 92 points.

1969 Marey-Monge Romanée-Saint-Vivant - very ripe and sweet with lychee notes. Faded a little with time. 94 points.

1969 Jaboulet La Chapelle - notes of bacon, grilled meats and leather. Sweetness. 92 points.

Full post on dinner is here.

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