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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.

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