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September 30, 2020

Le p'tiot Roukin

Drinking at home.

Henri Bonneau Les Rouliers - very chalky and dirty.  Definitely corked.

2016 Anne et Jean-François Ganevat Le p'tiot Roukin - nice and a little pungent, a little bit of leather, a little forest, floral and fruity.

September 28, 2020

Champagne and Burgs

Dinner at The Chairman.

2012 Roses de Jeanne Côte de Béchalin, dégorgée le avril 2019 - acidity was a little higher than expected.  Sweeter on the palate, and more intense with the spicy babylonia.

2009 La Pousse d'Or Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Cailleret, en magnum - nice, with some ripeness but not too ripe.  A little flint and a little white flower in the nose.

2002 Geantet-Pansiot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Le Poissenot, en magnum - beautiful and floral nose, with eucalyptus and some dried herbs.

2018 Domaine de Pégau Cuvée Réservée Blanc - a little acetone in the nose. Somewhat ripe on the palate, a little bitter, and relatively lean.

Full post on dinner is here.

September 26, 2020

2003 Langoa Barton

Drinking at home.

2003 Langoa Barton - ripe fruit, slightly cooked, smoky, with a hint of chalkiness and a hint of forest.  Tannins are smoother but still here.  A little grippy and bitter later on.

September 19, 2020

2003 Du Tertre

Drinking at home.

2003 Du Tertre - smoky, leather, stewed prunes, nice and sweet fruit, tobacco.  Really minty and lovely after 2 hours in the decanter.

September 18, 2020

Daimon and Kurogin

Dinner at Hidden Kitchen.

Daimon 55 Blue Junmai Ginjo Nama (大門55 Blue 純米吟醸 生酒) - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 55%.  This was more complex than I expected, more fermented flavors with depth.  A little savory umami upfront, sweet in the middle, with a slightly spicy finish.

Kikuhime Kurogin (菊姫  黒吟) - seimaibuai of 40%.  Very round on the palate but slightly more dry, with a pretty spicy finish - especially when warmed up a little.

Daimon 45 Junmai Daiginjo (大門45  純米大吟醸) - seimaibuai of 45%. This definitely tasted like shellfish, as if I were eating crab.  Kinda sweet on the palate.

2009 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc - kinda ripe on the palate, a little too oxidized for my liking.  Better when served very chilled.

Full post on dinner is here.

September 14, 2020

Champagnes and sakes

Dinner at Nikushou.

Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top - toasty on the nose, pretty soft and sweet on the palate.

Kikuhime Yamahai Ginjo (菊姫  山廃純米), 9BY - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 55%. Very savory and smoky, but kinda sweet on the palate after the oysters.

Henri Giraud Fût de Chêne MV10, en magnum, dégorgée le 18 novembre 2016 - very, very tasty... with nice ripeness and good depth.

2004 Paul Déthune
, dégorgée en avril 2012
- very smooth and easy to drink.

Denshu Junmai Daiginjo Yamahai (田酒  純米大吟醸  山廃)
, from isshobin
- seimaibuai of 40%.  Very tropical nose with lots of banana.  Pretty sweet and smooth on the palate.

Full post on dinner is here.

September 13, 2020

1990 Penfolds trio

Dinner at Dynasty.
2015 Penfolds Yattarna - huge nose of toast, flinty, some buttery sweetness.  Really lovely.
The three reds were all opened for 1½ hours before decanting.

1990 Penfolds Bin 90A - a little savory soy sauce on the nose.  Still good concentration with some acidity.  A bit smoky.  Much more open after 1 hour in the decanter, showing beautifully some vanilla notes.  Two hours after decanting this was really beautiful, with some coconut butter and tropical notes.  My wine of the evening.
1990 Penfolds Bin 920
- unfortunately this was corked.  Still got the sweet vanilla underneath all the green and vegetal notes, with some smoke.  But kinda flat on the palate now.  Not undrinkable, just not enjoyable.
1990 Penfolds Bin 707
- still pretty tight at first, with a little smoke.  Showed better with the second pour.  Two hours after decanting it showed somewhat better, and pretty minty.  But still not really open.
Full post on dinner is here.

September 11, 2020

06 Kistler Sonoma Coast

Drinking at home.

2006 Kistler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - very fragrant, with black cherries and some woodsy notes.  After 45 minutes in decanter showed forest and ripe, jammy black fruits. 

September 9, 2020

Ohmine 3grain

Drinking at home.

Ohmine Junmai Ginjo 3grain (大嶺純米吟醸3粒) - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 58%.  Very soft and very round on the palate at first.  Short on the attack and fades quickly, but there was more length down the back of the throat.  More length and depth later.

99 Matriarch and friends

Dinner at ZEST by Konishi.

Delamotte Brut - toasty with good acidity.

2018 Domaine Thomas Sancerre Le Pierrier - floral, tropical, with flinty notes.

2013 Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée - unfortunately the wine was too warm.  Showed lots of toast, along with leather notes.  Very beautiful for a village wine.

1999 BOND Matriarch - decanted for 1 hour prior to serving.  Very minty, smoky, with pencil lead along with sweet fruit underneath.  Very ripe and sweet on the palate.  Really open nose with decadent fruit.  1½ hours after decanting the wine showed explosive fruit, more woodsy notes.  Still very concentrated on the palate.  Two hours later showed some coffee notes.

Full post on dinner is here.

September 4, 2020

97 Beringer Bancroft

Drinking at home.

1997 Beringer Merlot Private Reserve Howell Mountain - smoky, a little dirty, minty, with stewed prunes.  Actually still going strong, with plenty of fruit.

September 2, 2020

Sake and Bordeaux

Dinner at Neighborhood.

Rikyuume Junmai Ginjo Namazake Natsu Ginjo (利休梅  純米吟醸  生酒  夏吟醸) - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 55%.  Really fruity, lots of banana, musk melon, light and refreshing.  A little more dry when warmed up.

Iwa 5 - opened the day before serving as advised by a friend.  Seemingly a more "serious" sake, with more concentration and more body.  Not as easy to enjoy, and more dry on the palate.  Later on fruity notes did show up, with some musk melon notes.

2010 Domaine de l'A, en magnum - decanted 1 hour prior to serving.  Nice and ripe fruit, with fragrant woodsy notes, and some smoke.  Drinking very, very nicely.

Full post on dinner is here.
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