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January 4, 2014

Impromptu MNSC

Impromptu MNSC gathering at Juliano's residence.  Theme was pre-1982.

1986 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill - nice and mature, rather soft on the palate, with marmalade, oxidized/caramelized nose and notes of honey.

1971 Egon Muller Riesling Scharzhofberger Auslese - classic nose of petrol, very floral and perfumed, a little polyurethane, a hint of white pepper.  Nice acidity balance here - a little sweet but not too much.  Such a beautiful and elegant wine.

1959 Margaux - opened for 30 minutes prior to serving, without decanting.  Very smoky, classic claret, with a hint of soy sauce?  Beautiful and elegant with coffee notes.  Still very vibrant and young.

1973 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard - riper, a little more funky and exotic, sweeter, with potpourri notes.  Body still firm.

1955 La Mission Haut-Brion - very big, savory nose, with mineral, seriously intense soy sauce, medicinal notes.  A little sweet fruit core underneath it all.  Still powerful and youthful.  What a privilege to be able to drink this!

1959 Paul Jaboulet La Chapelle - mineral, minty, sweet and ripe on the nose.  Very lovely.  This was an ex-château bottle shipped in 2013 without a label.  Speechless...

1976 Henri Bonneau Réserve des Célestins - a little alcoholic, a little sweet.  Smooth but not light by any means.

1973 Petrus - a little dusty.  Very smoky, a little savory, minty, coffee, a little caramel, green pepper, earthy.  A lovely wine.

Not a shabby line-up of wines for a "casual" dinner at home...

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