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October 3, 2016

MNSC dinner: Duddell's

MNSC dinner at Duddell's.  My turn to host.

1970 Moët et Chandon Cuvée Dom Pérignon - obviously mature, with lots of Chinese licorice, very sweet, lots of caramel and sugary, but also savory and mineral notes, some salted plum.  Big on the attack.  Sooooo beautiful.

First flight: opened 1¾ hours prior to serving, not decanted.
1970 Lafleur - seemed to show wet cardboard nose on top of leather, smoky, and earthy notes.  The group voted to throw this out because it was corked.

1976 Lafleur - pretty fragrant, with a hint of floral notes.  Elegant with a little sweetness, almost a little jammy.  95 points.

Second flight: opened 2½ hours prior to serving, not decanted.
1991 DRC Richebourg - stronger animal notes, a little stinky and funky.  Later a little musty, and not very pleasant on the palate.  88 points.

1996 DRC Richebourg - very fragrant, with plenty of sweet, red fruits.  A little plummy, too.  After 20 minutes in the glass, the palate also wasn't as pleasant.  96 points.

Third flight: opened 3½ hours prior to serving, not decanted.
1990 Henri Bonneau Cuvée Speciale - ripe, a little leather, a little sharp on the nose.  A little flat on the palate and slightly green.  93 points.

1998 Henri Bonneau Cuvée Speciale - ripe, plummy, black fruits, jammy, a bit smoky.  Palate was going downhill 4 hours after opening.  97 points.

1998 Henri Bonneau Réserve des Célestins - a little minty, pretty sweet and fruity, ripe, almost jammy, with a little forest notes.  96 points.

Full post on dinner is here.

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