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September 8, 2012

MNSC Dinner - Megan's Kitchen

MNSC dinner hosted by Gazza, at Megan's Kitchen.

1973 Dom Pérignon en magnum - lovely, mature, oxidized nose, with marmalade, apricot, straw and honey.  Round mid-palate but sharp and acidic on the finish.  What a beautiful wine!  Perfect condition.

First flight:
1991 Chave Cuvée Cathelin - blackcurrant, leather, cedar, floral, sweet on the nose.  Smooth but short on the finish.  Opened 5 1/2 hours earlier.  95 points.  It's actually pretty amazing to be able to taste this wine twice in the space of 2 months, and to have it at 2 MNSC dinners in a row.

1991 Méo-Camuzet Richebourg - nose was funky, stinky and smelled like cheese at first.  This funky side faded after 1 hour, and exotic coconut butter emerged.  More concentrated on the palate than the Chave.  Opened 3 1/2 hours earlier.  91 points.

1991 DRC Grands Echezeaux - very clean fruit, fragrant.  More body mid-palate.  Opened 3 1/2 hours earlier.  94 points.

Second flight:
1989 Haut-Brion - the nose was so medicinal, strong hospital disinfectant… with smoke, soy sauce and minerals.  Opened 7 hours earlier and decanted for 2 hours at the start.  93 points.

1989 Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin - a hint of smoke, but nose was initially not showing.  Later on there was some toasty corn and a little mineral.  Opened 7 hours earlier and decanted for 2 hours at the start.  90 points.

1989 Penfolds Grange - lots of tropical coconut butter, vanilla, smoke, mint, coffee… very exotic.  Sweet on the palate.  Opened 6 hours earlier and not decanted.  96 points and my wine of the evening.

Third flight:
1993 Ponsot Clos de la Roche - mint, dried herbs, a little floral and violet.  A little acidic on the palate.  92 points.

1993 DRC Romanée-Saint-Vivant - dusty, smoky with some fruit.  88 points.

Full post on dinner is here.

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