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April 30, 2010

'82 Bordeaux horizontal

Dinner at Man Wah (文華).

Louis Roederer Brut Premier - this was a little on the sweet side.

2003 Michel Juillot Mercurey - nose of honey, a little sweet grass, a hint of corn and very light toast. The nose was obviously very ripe and sweet, but without the cooked nose of orange marmalade. Pretty nice.

1982 Léoville Barton - nose was initially muted at first, with a hint of grass showing its Saint Julien character, and the highest acidity level among the three. Towards the end it became a little spicy on the nose.

1982 Gruaud-Larose - classic left bank nose with smoke and coffee grinds. Open and beautiful. Very smooth on the palate with medium acidity. My favorite red of the evening.

1982 Ducru-Beaucaillou - nose was muted, a little smoky, with acidity level that's the medium of the three. Very soft and silky on the palate after shark's fin. Honestly I was disappointed in this wine, especially since it died completely at the end when Gruaud-Larose was still going strong.

1982 Suduiraut - tons of honey, orange, botrytis, acetone, a hint of preserved orange rind (陳皮), a whiff of honeydew melon and banana. Not too sweet on the palate, a little heavy on orange and that tartness. Much nicer than I expected, and definitely a better wine than what I tasted at the Altaya tasting some time ago.

Full post on dinner is here.

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