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November 23, 2014

MNSC Dinner - The Pawn

MNSC dinner at The Pawn, hosted by Lord Rayas.

First pair: decanted for 30 minutes prior to serving
1993 DRC Échézeaux - a little alcoholic, ripe, almost a little Port-like, with a hint of smokiness.  The palate, though, was lean and showing acidity, almost a little metallic.  A little grassy with some chili pepper.  Second pour was much riper.  94 points.

1993 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche - nice and smoky, animal, leather, and a little minty and a hint of earthiness.   Much rounder on the palate.  A beautiful wine!  98 points.

Second pair: decanted for 30 minutes prior to serving
1978 Clos des Papes - ripe on the nose, almost jammy and black berries, but kinda dry and a bit lean on the palate.  95 points.

1978 Rayas - more animal, metallic, slightly savory like tapenade, and a little more tannin here than the Clos des Papes.

Third pair:
1982 Mouton-Rothschild - nose was clearly very Bordeaux, smoky, slightly green pepper, grassy, sweet.  There is nice acidity here.  A lovely wine.  96 points.

1982 Léoville-Las Cases - a little more ripe than the Mouton, slightly more alcoholic and funky.  93 points.

Fourth pair: decanted for 3 hours before serving.
2003 Ausone - nose was green but sweet and minty.  Definitely corked.

2003 Lafite-Rothschild - very ripe on the nose.  Sweet on the palate with good acidity.  A little metallic on the nose, kinda sweet and a little smoky around the edges.  98 points.

Douglas Laing's Glencadam 34 Years Cask Strength - nose really sweet and caramel, slightly medicinal and savory, potpourri.  Cask strength really shows...

Full post on dinner is here.

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