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November 8, 2012

85 magnum trio and more

Dinner at RyuGin in Hong Kong.

1988 Krug Clos de Mesnil - nose of honey, toasty oak, marmalade, savory mineral.  Later some coconut came out.  Nice acidity here, especially on the finish.  An amazing Champagne.

2002 Roulot Meursault 1er Cru Charmes - clean and crisp on the nose, with a little bit of flint.  The classic Meursault nose of toasty oak dominated, but this was much more elegant and "charming" compared to a Perrières.  Acidity was there but also a little bit ripe on the palate.

1985 Le Pin en magnum - strawberries, sweet, a bit of ripeness, a little leather, animal, a little sweet grass, a hint of green pepper and smoke.  Later on toasty oak came out.  So smooth and light on the palate at first, but later on the body gained weight.  A beautiful wine, but not as exotic and flamboyant as some other vintages.

1985 DRC La Tâche en magnum - awesome.  Kick ass.  Nose of mushroom, leather, bacon fat, smoky, a bit floral, osmanthus, really sweet, marmalade, slightly nutty.  Acidity was a little higher than expected.  This was my favorite wine of the evening as the nose was just so open and beautiful, and I could forgive the palate for not being 100%.

1985 Lafleur en magnum - minty, a little medicinal, forest, so sweet and more concentrated than the Le Pin.  Smoky, and later on savory mineral and soy sauce notes showed up.  Very lovely, a big wine.  Would love to see how this tastes in another 10 to 20 years.

1901 Adegas do Torreão Malvazia - walnut, caramel, ripe plum and vanilla.  Alcohol seemed to be milder than previous old bottles of Madeira I've opened.  Decanted before dinner and I had to move the decanter away from the table, since the amazingly lovely nose was interfering with my ability to taste the other wines.

Full post on dinner is here.

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