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June 26, 2017

MNSC Dinner - Petrus

MNSC dinner at Petrus.  My turn to host.

Henri Giraud Fût de Chêne MV09 - savory minerals on the nose, really big on the palate.  Good balance between savory and acidic notes, and surprising in its maturity.  Almost a little bitter on the finish.  Definitely preserved citrus like marmalade on the palate, with a very fragrant nose.

Flight one: opened just before serving, without decanting.  Unfortunately served too warm by the sommelier.
1971 Maison Leroy Echezeaux - nice sweet fruit, savory on the palate.  Toasty with a little green and a bit of coffee.  Definitely acidity on the palate here.  91 points.

1971 DRC Echezeaux - Madeira-like, very savory, nutty, with some desiccated coconut.  87 points.

Flight two: opened two hours prior to serving, not decanted.
1982 Latour à Pomerol - very smoky, tobacco, a little savory, a little stinky, a hint of green peppers, less sweet fruit than expected.  More cigar, smoky, and toasty.  97 points.

1982 Lafite-Rothschild - a little dusty, really metallic, rusty.  Fine on the palate, savory later on after opening up a little, but still a little tight.  The sommelier should have decanted this bottle.  93 points.

Flight three: double-decanted 3 hours prior to serving.
1997 Dominus - Sweet fruit, minty, a little smoky.  Tannins still there but sweet on the palate.  95 points.

1997 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon - very sweet and ripe, caramelized, almost honey.  Slightly alcoholic.  95 points.

1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select - corked.

Full post on dinner is here.

June 22, 2017

Txakoli and 70 La Lagune

Dinner at Brasserie Bonne Récolte in Taipei.

2015 Txomin Etxaniz Getariako Txakolina Txakoli - high acidity with a flinty, almost mineral nose.

1970 La Lagune, ex-château - 1 hour in bottle, not decanted.  Very smooth, some fruit, a little earthiness, smoked meats.

Full post on dinner is here.

June 20, 2017

Mark Haisma tasting

Tasting of Mark Haisma's wines at Ginsberg + Chan.

2014 Mark Haisma Saint Romain Combe Bazin - toasty nose with pain grillé, buttery, quite fragrant.  Some nice acidity on the finish.  A little flinty but somehow not lean and quite fat instead, with some apricot.  A little light on the palate.

2015 Mark Haisma Volnay Peux Bois - sweet, almost a little jammy.  Slightly leather and a little forest.

2015 Mark Haisma Gevrey-Chambertin - more fragrant, more eucalyptus.  Bigger and more intense.

2014 Mark Haisma Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Arvelets - fragrant, nice and sweet, a little leather, some forest, showing better on the nose.

2015 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Arvelets - good sweetness, more closed than the 2014.  A bit more savory, perhaps.  Possibly bigger.  More toast from new oak.

2014 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru les Chaffots - beautiful nose.  Very fragrant with sweet fruit, and a little spice.

2014 Mark Haisma Bonnes Mares - more complex, a little leaner but still nice and fragrant, a hint of pencil lead.

2015 Mark Haisma Syrah - Grenache - made with grapes from 35-year-old vines in the Ardeche.  A little savory, a little soapy and floral.

June 18, 2017

2001 Remirez de Ganuza

Lunch at Beef and Liberty.

2001 Remirez de Ganuza Reserva - a little smoky, a hint of sweet vanilla, full-bodied but smooth on palate at first, then became more tannic.

June 17, 2017

70 La Chapelle and more

Dinner at Caprice.

Vouette et Sorbée Cuvée Blanc d'Argile, en magnum - a blanc de blancs extra brut.  Good acidity here, but also some sweetness.  Surprisingly showing some tropical fruits on the nose.

2015 Pascal Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnés - very flinty and tropical, with stone fruits in the pretty sweet nose.  Body was on the light side.  After the gazpacho water, there was more body and sweetness on the palate.  Lovely, fragrant nose.

1960 Barbeito Boal - very classic, with a very savory nose that reminds me of salted plum (話梅), minerals, and a little nutty.  Since it's a Boal, the palate wasn't as sweet as the Malvasias I normally prefer.  Still lovely.

1970 Jaboulet La Chapelle - not decanted.  Initially showing plenty of soy sauce, savory black olives and tapenade, with perhaps a hint of coconut butter underneath, and definitely some fruit there, but more stewed prunes instead of fresh and sweet.  A bit of smoke, too.

Full post on dinner is here.

June 16, 2017

2016 Lucy Margaux Chardonnay

Drinking at home.

2016 Lucy Margaux Chardonnay - fairly pungent nose, which was surprising given that supposedly no sulfur was added.  Pretty heavy toast, flinty and mineral.  Good acidity on the attack, fairly round on the palate, with some length but faded quickly on the palate.  Almost a little pipi de chat in the nose, a little green, but pungent nose fades in glass - until a fresh pour.

June 15, 2017

Bollinger and Clos des Papes

Dinner at Amber.

2004 Bollinger Grande Année, dégorgée en Septembre 2012 - nice and caramelized nose, with salty plum.  Acidity was rather high at first, but became smoother with some prawn juice in the mouth.  Nice toasty notes with sweetness from vanilla.  Drinking nicely now.

2001 Clos des Papes - decanted for 1½ hours at room temperature, so it was served a little warm for my taste.  A little less stinky after aeration in decanter, but the alcohol was still a little sharp.  Good sweet fruit, with cedar and almost a little coffee notes, along with smoked meats.  Good acidity on the palate.  Not drinking as well as hoped.

Full post on dinner is here.

June 10, 2017

2003 Françoise Bedel

Dinner at Imperial Treasure.

2003 Françoise Bedel L'Âme de la Terre, dégorgée en Août 2012 - initially served a little warm, so showed a little bitterness on the finish.  Full-bodied, with a nice, caramelized nose with marmalade notes.

Full post on dinner is here.

June 7, 2017

Bornard, Gros, and the Prince

Dinner at Neighborhood.

2012 Philippe Bornard Côtes du Jura Les Marnes - I was ever so grateful that this bottle of natural wine didn't turn out to be bong water... Toasty nose with a little sweetness.  Kinda soft on the palate.  Later on there were some Chinese medicinal herbs in the nose, and a little coriander seed.  Nose was beautiful some 2½ hours later, showing a big nose of toast which faded rather quickly in glass.  Palate still left me wanting.
2002 Krug - always beautiful.  Nice and smooth on the palate, with a caramelized and toasty nose.  Lovely yeasty nose some two hours later.

2004 Anne Gros Clos-Vougeot Le Grand Maupertui - I expected to be disappointed this evening, but I wasn't expecting this to be the bottle to deliver that disappointment.  Not much on the nose.  Improved a little with the second pour, but this was completely underwhelming.

2004 Prince Florent de Merode Corton les Renardes - nice fruit here but it wasn't too ripe and jammy, a little smoky.  Much nicer than the Anne Gros.  No wonder DRC took a lease out on this vineyard.

Full post on dinner is here.

June 2, 2017

Paillard NPU, Martray, and Boisson

Dinner at Frantzén's Kitchen.

1996 Bruno Paillard Nec Plus Ultra, dégorgée en Janvier 2009 - not an aggressive wine at all... more subtle and very smooth.  Some oak in the nicely caramelized nose.  Good acidity on the palate but not too sharp, although slightly higher in the finish.  Towards the end it became a little leaner.

2011 Anne Boisson Meursault - very tight upon opening but showed plenty of heavy toast, with a hint of sweetness underneath.  After opening up a little and warming up in glass, showed more citrus, lemon zestm, and slightly less toast... and turned a little more elegant.

2006 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne - ripe on the palate, almost a little bitter on the finish.  Smooth and elegant.

Full post on dinner is here.
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