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ONCE IN LIFETIME... - (11/24/2012)

Réception

Hors d’œuvre
Shrimp & Prosciutto, Lemon Sage Butter
Chicken Liver Parfait & Cracklings
Crispy Sweetbreads with Bacon Onion Jam
Oyster Vichyssoise
Crab Cakes with Lemon Remoulade
Pork Belly with Ruby Watchco’s Spiced Honey
Pickled Beets and Pistachio Goat Cheese
  • 2000 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne - France, Champagne
    From magnum, light golden colour, persistent mousse. The nose of this Champagne just soars from the glass with notes of lemon zest, crushed rocks, copious amounts of yeast and biscuit notes, fresh ground coffee, light oak/barrel funk and with time, this opens up to reveal further notes of carmelized sugar and grated ginger. On the palate, this has a very rich, round and creamy mouthfeel, with a brisk streak of acidity, which serves as nice counterbalance to the rich ripe fruit. The slightly chalky finish is long and framed by notes of lemon and lime peel, mineral and ginger. My only qualm with this Champagne was that it could do with a bit more finesse and elegance, however, this would definitely be a winner for those who prefer a bigger and boisterous Champagne. This is aged 5% in oak, one third of it new, which is not offensive, and adds a good deal of complexity. (93 pts.)
  • 1996 Bruno Paillard Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut - France, Champagne
    From magnum, light golden colour. Next to the Taittinger, this was a little more reticent and reserved. With a bit of time in the glass, this opened up to show notes of fresh cut red apples, light citrus, slate, a touch of yeast, spice and a predominant note of what smelled exactly like apple jelly. I found the nose extremely interesting, but not at all what I was expecting. On the palate, notes of apple, citrus, mineral, spice and pickled ginger round out the moderate length finish. I was expecting some piercing acidity on this Champagne, but overall, I found it to be moderate. The mouthfeel was much leaner, compared to the Taittinger. Nice Champagne, but fell short of expectations, perhaps hurt by it's more bombastic counterpart. (91 pts.)

1er Plat
“Foie Gras and Hen Egg Salad”
Parfait, Seared & Croutons and Truffle Foie Gras Vinaigrette
  • 1921 Château d'Yquem - France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
    The cork was rather stubborn on this one and had to be forced in to the bottle. Fully saturated, however, it had dried to a tight seal between the capsule and the bottle. This had a deep cola like colour in the glass. Still very much alive, with an exotic nose of molasses, burnt sugar, marmalade, orange bitters, dried fruit, dried flowers and tea leaves. On the palate, this was still very rich and round, with that molasses coming through again, accompanied by nice dried fruit and spice notes, with almost a touch of sarsaparilla. Still in great balance, with a very long, lingering finish. This improved for the first hour in the glass, but started to gracefully decline thereafter. (96 pts.)
  • 1847 Lur-Saluces - France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
    This was very interesting wine, in an unlabeled clear bottle, with a wax sealed top, which was stamped with "Lur-Saluces 1847". Once again, cork extraction proved to be extremely difficult, breaking during extraction. In the glass, this was significantly lighter than the Yquem, taking on a deep golden colour. On the nose, this was a bit dusty, but offered up notes of burnt orange, spice, a touch of honey, beeswax, light florals and terpentine. On the palate, this was showing a touch of astringency with acid in the forefront, but with some nice bitter orange, caramelized sugar and spice notes present. There was some discussion that this was potentially an Yquem, but I certainly have my doubts. Also, given the light colour, it would seem highly unlikely that this bottle was from 1847, however, whatever was in the bottle was quite good and enjoyable, as well as an experience in itself. (91 pts.)

2ème Plat
“Shallot Crème Brulee”
Butter Poached Black Cod, Kohlrabi, Watercress & Sea Urchin
  • 1995 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
    From magnum, decanted approximately 20 minutes prior to service, straw colour in the glass. Exuding from the glass are some prominent ripe fruit notes of pineapple, stone fruit, as well as lemon curd, crushed rocks, florals and a light herbal note. The palate is very rich and concentrated, showing a volumptious mouthfeel, but no sense of flabbiness, with a strong streak of acid that accentuates the long citrus, tropical fruit, herb and mineral laden finish that lingers in the mouth. At 17 years of age, this is still drinking very youthfully from magnum, with plenty of life left to go. Absolutely gorgeous. (97 pts.)
  • 1994 Marc Colin et Fils Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
    From magnum, decanted approximately 20 minutes prior to service, straw colour in the glass with a slight green tinge. Next to the DRC, this wine was a bit of a disaster, in my opinion. To me, the nose was fairly reticent, but with some coaxing, notes of lemon zest, wax and mineral were present, however, this was overlaid by notes of soiled diapers, and a bit of match stick. On the palate, equally unimpressive, much leaner than it's counterpart, with tastes of waxy lemon and mineral, but again, some garbage juice like notes, with some sulfur. Finishes short, but thank goodness for that! This wine was not for me, but others enjoyed it a great deal. (84 pts.)

3ème Plat
“Spaghetti & Meatballs”
Lobster Meatballs & Lobster Cream
  • 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    From magnum, decanted approximately 20 minutes prior to service, straw colour in the glass. Interesting nose of stone fruits, dried apricot, roasted hazelnuts, spice, and florals. On the palate, this is still fairly rich in texture, with moderate acidity, showing notes of dried fruits, mineral, roasted hazelnuts and dried flowers. The finish is a touch clipped, bitter, and showing some excessive heat. To me, even in magnum, this wine is tired. Perhaps this is a wine I don’t understand, but I have not tried one of these that have come out “on the other side” and been better than it was in it’s youth. (88 pts.)
  • 2011 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    From magnum, decanted approximately 20 minutes prior to service, light straw colour in the glass. So vibrant and lively compared to the 2001 served along side it, with very pretty nose of stone fruits, melon, tropical fruits, honey, light vanilla, florals, spice and crushed rocks. On the palate, even fatter than the 2001, with a very rich and round mouthfeel, showing tropical fruits, spice and mineral on the long finish. Unfortunately, the beauty in this wine is marred by a touch of heat on the back end, but still a very pretty wine. Overall, not exactly my style, but there is no arguing that this is masterfully constructed. (92 pts.)

Stretch
“Cucumber & Honey Dew Melon”
  • 1976 Krug Champagne Brut - France, Champagne
    From magnum, popped and poured, deep golden colour in the glass. On first pour, tons of micro bubbles remain, however, these dissipate within the first few minutes. This shows an oxidative nose of bruised apple, earth, spice, yeast, crushed rocks, toasted hazelnuts, toffee, and some sherry type notes. The second bottle shows a little more advanced with the earthy notes in the forefront, with a bit of undergrowth and mushroom. On the palate, this is still quite rich, with terrific acidity that is very refreshing. The finish is long, and is accentuated by notes of bruised apples, mineral, hazelnut and spice. Other people really loved this, but for my preference, this was on the downward slide; I prefer my Champagne much more youthful and vibrant. (90 pts.)

4ème Plat
“Duck and Bacon”
Duck Breast, Applewood Smoked Bacon,Duck Fat Roasted Heirloom Carrots,
Pickled Raisins and Almonds
  • 1969 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands-Echezeaux - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
    From magnum, decanted approximately 20 minutes prior to service, light garnet with medium brick at the rim. Cork was finicky and had to be pushed in to the bottle. At first, I found this to be extremely reticent, especially compared to the ’71 Romanee Conti served alongside it, that was just roaring out of the glass. Over the course of the evening, this really unraveled nicely, offering up notes of red fruits, earth, undergrowth, dried herbs, baking spice, and a touch of pepper. On the palate, very understated with a leaner mouthfeel, and like notes from nose echoing on the palate through to the moderate finish. This seems a bit tired, but overall, still a pleasure to taste. (91 pts.)
  • 1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée-Conti Grand Cru
    From magnum, decanted approximately 20 minutes prior to service, deep ruby with a light brick at the rim. This was re-corked in 1998 by the Chateau, so extraction of the cork was not an issue. Inspection of the cork shows branding as expected. This wine just soars from the glass, with explosive aromas of red fruits, spice, dried herbs, cured meats, fresh cut grass, crushed rocks, olive brine, brown sugar, damp earth and mushroom. You can tell from the nose that there is a good amount of stem inclusion here. On the palate, an immense richness and depth of flavour, with tastes of red and black cherries, pomegranate, brine, minerals, spice and herbs, that round out the very lengthy finish. What a treat this was to taste – truly a once in a lifetime experience. (97 pts.)

5ème Plat
“Short Ribs, Marrow & Caviar”
16 hour Braised Short Ribs, Onion Puree & Grebiche Trimmings
  • 1983 Château Palmer - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
    From magnum, decanted approximately 30 minutes prior to service, deep garnet in the glass. Wow…what a stunner this was. An absolutely explosive nose of black cherry, red currants, blackberries, earth, dried tobacco, undergrowth, intense florals, leather, crushed rocks and dried herbs. This is one of those wines where you can keep going back and picking out more every time you stick your nose in the glass. Not surprisingly the palate is aligned with the beauty of the nose, showing an immense richness, while still maintaining a certain level of elegance and finesse; exceptionally balanced, with lifted acidity. The finish is incredibly lengthy, lingering in the mouth with tastes of blackberry, licorice, mineral, earth and dried flowers. Still a touch of grip on the finish of some unresolved tannin. Up against some very stiff competition tonight, this wine takes the cake. Well done, Palmer. While this was very strong out of the gate, with some time in the glass, this faded substantially after the second hour. (98 pts.)
  • 1976 Château Lafite Rothschild - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
    From magnum, decanted approximately 30 minutes prior to service, a medium garnet in the glass, with a slight brick. While the cork was partially saturated, there was no issue removing it cleanly. A little less expressive on the nose than the ’83 Palmer served alongside it, however, there was a real elegance to this wine, giving up scents of red fruits, currants, dried herbs, smoke, cedar, dried tobacco leaves, earth, and undergrowth. On the palate, this is much leaner than its counterpart, but still in beautiful balance, with some fine acidity, and mostly resolved tannin. Finish is moderate, and lined with red fruits, tobacco, smoke, earth and dried herbs. This won’t blow you away, but it is beautifully aged classic Bordeaux. (93 pts.)

6ème Plat
"Carpaccio”
Tea Salt Seared Bison Tenderloin, Thunder Oak Gouda, Spicy Tomato Ketchup
  • 1899 Château Lafite Rothschild - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
    From magnum, decanted approximately 15 minutes prior to service for sediment, a medium garnet in the glass, with a moderate brick. The cork was fully saturated and broke on extraction. The cork was so old and stained that any details could not be discerned. Surprisingly, this was still kicking and extremely pleasant. On the nose, some red fruits, currants, leather, cedar, aged meats, dried tobacco, earth, coriander, dried tea leaves, and also some greenness in the form of dried cilantro, grass clippings, and a hint of mint leaves. On the palate, again still very much alive and showing great depth; red fruits, tea, dried herbs, tobacco, earth and a hint of mint, which frame the long, persistent finish. Acid is present, but not taking over; refreshing. (96 pts.)
  • 1900 Château Latour Grand Vin - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
    From magnum, decanted approximately 15 minutes prior to service for sediment, a deep garnet in the glass, with a moderate brick. This bottle was purchased ex-Chateau, and was reconditioned in 2003. It was re-corked when reconditioned, and as such, cork extraction was clean. I’m not sure what the Chateau used to recondition this wine, but man was this youthful for 112 years old. The nose seems indicative of a ripe vintage, showing deep, but slightly stewed aromas of red currants, black cherry, spice, dried herbs, earth, mushroom, exotic spice and lavender. On the palate, still very rich and vibrant, showing deep red and black fruits, earth, spice and dried flowers. The concentration in this wine is exceptional, with fully resolved structure in great balance, with a moderate finish. What a privilege to taste a wine of this age and provenance. (96 pts.)

Fromage
Selection of Canadian cheese, dates, honeycomb
  • 1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
    From magnum, decanted approximately 90 minutes prior to service, a deep inky purple in the glass. Very youthful and tight on the nose. With some coaxing, it revealed notes of black fruits, blueberries, light vanilla, olives, smoke, herbs, licorice, florals, pepper. On the palate, again, still quite tight, with rich black and blue fruit, pepper, smoke and briny olive. The concentration here is massive, but it is in perfect balance. Finish is quite long, and accentuated by brisk acidity and quite a bit of silky tannin. In this format, I wouldn’t touch this for another 15-20 years. This bottle was much tighter and more youthful than the single bottle format tasted earlier this year. Score is a little reserved, but it is clear this will evolve in to a real stunner and may one day merit a perfect score. (95 pts.)

Dessert
"Pear & Butterscotch”
Pear, Butterscotch Goat Yoghurt, Almonds
  • 2005 Château de Fargues - France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
    From magnum, popped and poured, light golden colour in the glass. Bursting with aromas of tropical fruits, honey, spice, white flowers, marmalade, clove, honeysuckle and beeswax. On the palate, viscous like motor oil, but great acidity that cuts through the richness like a knife, saving this from being cloying. The finish is long, and is characterized by notes of marmalade, honey, herbs and spice. What a way to end the night! (94 pts.)
 
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What else needs to be said?

Bow Bow Bow

Winner Winner Winner

Once in a lifetime certainly sums it up. Thanks for the notes!
 
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No problem...

Once again, this was a real privilege and I send my thanks to all those involved with this event.
 
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Originally posted by billhike:
What else needs to be said?

Bow Bow Bow

Winner Winner Winner

Once in a lifetime certainly sums it up. Thanks for the notes!


+1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Wow! Fantastic evening.
 
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Originally posted by AML:
No problem...

Once again, this was a real privilege and I send my thanks to all those involved with this event.


did you take better pics of the bottles themselves?

i'd be curious to see for sure.


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I did not take any photos, but I know Dave has plenty.
 
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(UNBELIEVABLE!)


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Add me to the chorus of wows. What an extraordinary event. Is the 2000 Taittinger actually only 5% oaked, or is that a typo? I have several bottles of this, and will open the first bottle this year based on your notes.

You're not the only one who doesn't "get" white Rhones. Big Grin

Thanks for those amazing notes.


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As I understand, yes, only 5% in oak, with one third of the barrels being replaced each year.
 
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Sounds like a great event. I have had the good fortune of attending a couple of dinners like this and they are exciting when all the right pieces come together. Sounds like you had great luck with flawed bottles as well. Only 1 in that lineup is better than you could have expected. How many people were in attendance?
 
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MAGNUM DINNER - Ontario (11/24/2012)

This was such a great event....awesome that AML could join in.
Definetly some once in a lifetime wines here.
  • 2002 Jacquesson & Fils Champagne Brut Avize Grand Cru Champ Caïn - France, Champagne, Avize, Champagne
    From magnum, pale lemon in colour. Sadly this was corked....the fruit was muted and tell tale notes of wet cardboard came out which became more and more obvious as we let it sit. NR (flawed)
  • 1996 Bruno Paillard Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut - France, Champagne
    From magnum. Pale-medium lemon colour. This was an extremely interesting bottle next to the 2002 Tattinger Comte de champagne. The Paillard was not quite as boisterous showing notes of lime preserve, red apple, minerals and obvious autolysis. The palate was very pure, focused and mineral driven...not fat in any way. Flavours of red apple, lime, nutmeg, and an almost ginger note lingered on the palate but were all wrapped in a package of pure minerality. The finish was medium+ in length showing flavour so of apple, lime and spice.
    This was a very nice champagne but was not as good as I had expected given Paillard's reputation and the fact that it was from magnum. (90 pts.)
  • 2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne - France, Champagne
    From magnum. medium Lemon in colour with an extremely aromatic nose. This just bursts out of the glass with lemon, minerals, chalk and an amazingly complex lees character. I would have assumed that this also saw quite a bit of barrel time given the roundness and subtle oak flavours but according to the house, it only sees 5%. The palate was spectacular...so mineral driven with lemon, lime, stone fruit, chalk, honey and almost marmalade note. This is so rich and unctuous. The finish is long, big and complex with just a gorgeous mineral element that really brings all the other flavours together. Great depth and balance. (94 pts.)
  • 1921 Château d'Yquem - France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
    This bottle certainly provided a lot of intrigue to the evening....
    Very dark, looking almost like molasses it certainly had the look of a very old sauternes. The nose certainly confirmed this....it exploded with notes of orange rind, marmalade, nutmeg, burnt sugar, fig, dried flowers, and dried chinese tea. The palate was equally as precocious with flavours of burnt creme brulee, molasses, orange marmalade, dried orange rind, nutmeg, dried apple other exotic spices. These flavours were augmented by gorgeously fresh acid that really balanced the palate well. The finish was very long and complex with layers of flavours. Just amazing depth and intensity all around.....what a treat. (96 pts.)
  • 1847 Lur-Saluces - France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
    This was one of the talking point bottles of this evening. The bottle was without a label and the cork was sealed with a wax capsule stamped with the "1847 Lur Saluces"
    Getting this open was a real chore with the cork almost disintegrating every time you tried to get at it.
    The colour was deep lemon with aromas of lemon, lime, marzipan, honey, beeswax, orange rind and marmalade. The palate was equally complex with burnt orange, brulee, orange rind, honey, nutmeg, dried florals and caramelized brown sugar. The finish was long with similar flavour from the palate....honey, orange rind, subtle pineapple even and guava came through the intense burnt sugar and citrus notes.
    This was a really pretty wine though not as intense, unctuous or balanced as the 1921 Yquem served next to it. In addition, as i followed this wine over the night, I noticed a marked decline from initial pour to later on in the evening. (93 pts.)
  • 1994 Marc Colin et Fils Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
    From magnum. Medium lemon colour with aromas of minerals, lemon rind, mint, fresh wax and lime. The palate showed flavours of lemon, minerals and wax again but was quite a bit lighter in texture than the DRC 1995 Montrachet that was poured next to it. The finish also paled in comparison to the DRC....the Colin was medium in length and with only good complexity and persistency
    To me this wine was a bit of a head scratcher as other seasoned burgundy lovers in the room liked this much more than I did. I just did not get what the appeal was. Granted this was only the 4th bottle of Montrachet I have ever had, but to me there seemed to be a large quality gap between these two. I assume that part of this could be attribute to vintage character as 1995 was a much more powerful year and also to sylistic preferences of the two producers. (88 pts.)
  • 1995 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
    Dear me....this was amazing!
    From magnum. medium to deep gold in colour
    The nose was unreal....such power and weight. Flavours of honey, nutmeg, lemon, pineapple, peach, minerals, subtle botrytis notes and white florals. So powerful, complex and integrated.
    The palate was equally inspiring showing notes of lemon rind, clove, nutmeg, lime, minerals, and pure tropical fruit balanced with such beautiful acid. Wow.
    The finish was monumental...such length, complexity and power. Just a stunner. (97 pts.)
  • 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    From magnum and decanted for 20-30 minutes. Medium gold in colour with aromas of stone fruits, tropical fruits, hazelnuts, lemon and minerals. The palate was very nutty with hazelnuts, marzipan, lemon, minerals and subtle white floral notes. The The wine finished with flavours of quince jelly, nuts, tropical fruit and medium length and a bit of heat with was somewhat distracting. (90 pts.)
  • 2011 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    From magnum, decanted 20-30minutes. medium gold colour. The nose on this was much more inviting and vibrant than the 2011 served next to it. It showed pure lemon, minerals, pineapple, guava, honey, white florals and an almost cereal note. The palate was equally powerful showing lemon curd, custard, minerals, mint and citrus. The finish was quite pretty with very good length, flavour and persistence however, some heat did show up and really keep this from being truly outstanding in my opinion.
    It was so interesting to have this next to the 2001....i would drink this on the younger side based on these 2 bottles. I love the lively fresh fruit. (93 pts.)
  • 1969 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands-Echezeaux - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
    From magnum, decanted for sediment and served approximately 20 minutes later. Pale garnet colour with a nose that needed to be coaxed a bit. Initially dominated by pure spice.....clove, baking spice, cherry, earth and a pyrazine type note that belied some of the stem inclusion that must have occurred here. The palate opened up showing pure red fruit, spice, mineral and earth over the course of the evening. The finish was medium to medium plus in length but my hunch is that this wine would have been best a few years ago as the secondary flavours are starting to overtake the pure fruit and spice notes. Overall though....a very pretty wine (92 pts.)
  • 1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée-Conti Grand Cru
    This was simply spectacular.
    From magnum, decanted for sediment and served approximately 20-30 minutes later. medium garnet in colour with an utterly intoxicating nose of soy, ginger, tart cranberry, pepper, minerals, incense, earth, and forrest floor. The palate was mesmerizing with sweet spice notes of clove, nutmeg, asian five spice wrapped around soy, ginger, cherry, pomegranate and cranberry. The stem inclusion is very evident here but it operates in the back and give another layer of complexity to the wine. The finish was very long, complex and pure...just so lithe and smooth with no edges at all. Such an utter joy to drink this. (98 pts.)
  • 1976 Krug Champagne Brut - France, Champagne
    From magnum, deep gold colour. Nose is very powerful with quite complex flavours of hazelnuts, ginger, bruised apple, biscuit, spice and minerals. The palate had a subtle sherried note with bruised apple, minerals, earth, spice and an almost mushroom note. The finish was very long but to me was missing some of the complexity and power that I have come to associate with Krug and specifically this bottle. I had the 1976 from magnum in the fall of 2011 and I was over the moon scoring it 97 points.
    My hunch is that this experience only further underscores the adage "there are no great wines, only great bottles" as the 1976 Krug is undoubtedly one of the best champagnes that I have ever tasted. (91 pts.)
  • 1976 Château Lafite Rothschild - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
    From magnum, decanted for sediment and served 20-30 minutes later. Medium garnet colour. The nose shows cedar, earth, cassis, blackcurrants and leather and is very together with everything resolved and finely knit together. The palate shows similar flavours of cedar, earth, minerals, cassis, blackcurrants, earth and wet leaf. This is very compact and suave on the palate. The finish shows great length and nice complexity but my hunch is that this wine is a few years past its peak. It still drinks wonderfully but I think that even 2-3 years earlier you might have had a better balance between the fruit and tertiary notes. Having said all that....still a very delicious wine, utterly enjoyable. (92 pts.)
  • 1983 Château Palmer - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
    From magnum, decanted for sediment and served approximately 30-40 minutes later. Deep garnet colour.
    This nose was utterly intoxicating. I have never smelled a wine that had such pure floral notes. Lillac, lavendar, violets in addition to notes of cherry, cassis, blackcurrants, earth, spice, and minerals all danced on this nose. Utterly profound! The palate showed such pure fruit augmented with similar floral notes, earth, mushroom, wet leaf, black currants, spice, cassis herbs, cedar, leather and tobacco. The finish is never ending with layers of flavours. This is such an amazing showing. (99 pts.)
  • 1899 Château Lafite Rothschild - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
    From magnum, decanted for 10-15 minutes before service. Medium garnet colour.
    The nose showed pretty spice, herbs, earth, red currants, leather, cedar and tobacco. The palate quite vibrant with pretty notes of cherry, earth, mint, herbs, cilantro, black currants, pure red currants, and tobacco. The finish was long, powerful and unwavering showing finesse and power all at the same time. An amazing bottle of wine. (96 pts.)
  • 1900 Château Latour Grand Vin - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
    From magnum, decanted for sediment and served 10-15 later. Purchased ex-chateau and re-corked in 2003.
    Deep garnet colour. The nose showed sweet cassis, mint, red currants, spice, earth and dark florals. The nose certainly showed the hallmark of a ripe vintage but I also wonder if this was not topped up with 2000....giving it a little bit of a kick. The palate showed mint, cassis, red currants, lavender, spice, earth, cedar and leather. The palate is just so powerful! The finish is medium plus in length with great complexity and integrity. I think that this wine could last much longer, another case for sourcing ex-chateau bottles. (95 pts.)
  • 1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
    From magnum, decanted roughly 90 minutes before service...it could have used 3-4 hours. Deep ruby colour
    The nose is so primary here.....pure blue fruit, minerals, and with massive swirling you can get a little bit more out....olive, smoke, purple florals, and pepper. The palate is equally tight showing bluefruit, fat, minerals, pepper, and olive. The finish is long and smooth with complex flavours that follow from the nose and palate.
    In single bottle format, I have scored this 97pts or higher on 2 occasions. In magnum, I would not touch this for at least 10 more years and it needs more time. This is also a wine that I would give a good long decant and follow it along as it is one that I have witnessed utterly change from hour 1 -3 in the decanter. (93 pts.)
  • 2005 Château de Fargues - France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
    From magnum, popped and poured. Medium gold colour.
    This was so expressive with notes of honey, lavender, nutmeg, clove, fresh cut strawberries, and mint. The palate was so powerful and concentrated with notes of honey, mint, minerals, white florals, clove, citrus, beeswax, tropical fruit, and acacia. There was also beautiful acid on this wine that created such harmony and balance on the palate. The finish was long, expansive and amazing. (95 pts.)
 
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I'm going to stop reading threads you start. Where is the green with envy emoticon?


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Great notes, always special when one can enjoy living, evolving history in a glass.
 
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Bravo!!

I have to ask, how did this event come to fruition?? I'd love to get some background info on this, in the hopes of replicating something similar, some day...
 
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A very enjoyable read.
Well done, gents. Congrats on a splendid evening spent.
 
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I'm fairly certain you could publish this!

Seriously, awesome stuff.
 
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Was this at a restaurant or prepared by your own "in house" chef?

Sounds like a fabulous night. By the looks of your birthday celebrations, this may not be a "once" in a life time.


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Looks like some amazing stuff served!

I hate to be sour grapes, but were any of these recently sourced at auction, and if so was a certain Rudy ever involved? That's really a problem with buying old wines these days, no idea if they're really what you think they are. That guy put out thousands of bogus bottles that probably look pretty legit even to our discerning eyes. Whenever someone makes a note of a wine that's 112 years old and wonders if it has been topped off with a wine that is 12 years old (see 1900 Latour) it kind of makes me wonder. I don't mean to insult anyone, I just felt like this needed to be said.


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Looks like some amazing stuff served!

I hate to be sour grapes, but were any of these recently sourced at auction, and if so was a certain Rudy ever involved? That's really a problem with buying old wines these days, no idea if they're really what you think they are. That guy put out thousands of bogus bottles that probably look pretty legit even to our discerning eyes. Whenever someone makes a note of a wine that's 112 years old and wonders if it has been topped off with a wine that is 12 years old (see 1900 Latour) it kind of makes me wonder. I don't mean to insult anyone, I just felt like this needed to be said.


Totally appreciate your comments.....the 1900 Latour was sourced ex-chateau so provenance was not an issue.
 
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I'm going to stop reading threads you start. Where is the green with envy emoticon?


Ditto. You guys have drank more exceptional bottles in the last year than I will ever be able to enjoy in my lifetime.

1900 ex-chateau Latour? I can't imagine what that set someone back. Bow


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This sounds like the last meal that one Hannibal Lecter would request if he were ever on the fictional "chopping block". Much kudos to AML & Dave C for being part of such an event, as well as providing detailed tasting notes!!
 
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Originally posted by Red guy in a blue state: 1900 ex-chateau Latour? I can't imagine what that set someone back. Bow


And a magnum at that!

Brilliant tasting guys. One question for you though, was the Tattinger Comtes de Champagne the 2002 or the 2000 - the vintage differs in your notes.


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