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Reply to "January 2013: What are you drinking?"

Tonight at Crush, with VinT, OTW, Vinojoe, Darcy, and friends:

Course 1 (with the champagne)
King Crab with grapefruit, avocado, watercress & vanilla bean

1999 Laurent Perrier Brut: Bigger of the two Champagnes. More grapefruit. Excellent with the grapefruit and King Crab.

1999 Alfred Gratien Brut: Softer and more approachable. Excellent.

Course 2
Butternut squash puree with bacon & pumpkin seeds (there are a few vegetarians-please consider garnish)

2003 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Clos du Rochegres: Stunning, mature, but years to go still one of my 3 wines of the night.

2006 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Clos du Rochegres: Just entering into its prime drinking window. Not as big a year as the 03 but starting to show some age.

2009 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Clos du Rochegres: Has mellowed and integrated since last bottle (2011) but still young and primary. Will try a bottle in 2020.

Course 3
Caramelized onion tart with olives & oven-dried cherry tomatoes
Portobello frites with truffle aioli

1999 Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny: In a great spot now. Good time to drink.

2002 Lucien Le Moine Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes 1er Cru: Just beginning into its drinking window. Deep colour, aroma and flavour. Beautiful. One of my 3 wines of the night.

2002 Maison Roche de Bellene Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Les Duresses: From a mystery producer under Nicolas Potels new label> excellent.

Course 3
Roasted Magret Duck breast with mushroom hash & cherry jus

1999 Domaine Marquis D’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets: At its peak now. Beautiful. Smooth, still some fresh fruit, well integrated.

1998 Dominique Laurent Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts: Too many good wines tonight to keep track of the details. This was outstanding. Thank you Anthony!

2001 Pierre DamoyChambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru : WOTN. Stunning. Many years to go for this one. Thanks Vinojoe!

Cheese Course.


Chocolate devil’s food cake
Toasted marshmallow + Oreo cookie crumble

1985 Dow Vintage Port. Beautiful mature Port. Good with the dessert. Better with the stinky blue cheese.

Crush was exemplary with their caliber of service, replenishment of stems, and a great menu, well matched to our wines.

Thanks to all for the great wines, and company! A great way to wrap up a good wine week.



2008 Sequin, then FWR for:

2010 LaStella Fortissimo: Great, comparible or better than the Sequin at dinner. bought a 6 pack

2009 LaStella Maestoso "Solo" Merlot: Big and ripe, like a Cali.

2010 Le Vieux Pin Retouche : Cab & Syrah. Big but smooth tannins. The Syrah adds some nice spice. Excellent.

Tuesday (Blind tasting) 2006 Burgs:

2006 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru

2006 Antonin Guyon, Corton Clos du Roi, Grand Cru

2006 Domaine de la Vougeraie, Gevrey Chambertin, 'Les Evocelles’

2006 Louis Boillot Gevrey, Gevrey Chambertin, 'Les Evocelles

2006 Pierre & Jean-Louis Amiot, Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru, 'Les Ruchots’

2006 Domaine Jacques-Fréderic Mugnier Nuits-St.-Georges, Clos de la Maréchale, 1er Cru

2006 Joseph Voillot, Volnay 1er Cru, 'Les Champans’,

2006 Alain Hudelot-Noellat, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru, Les Beaumonts,

My take away from the blind 06 Burg tasting was that the lighter ones are open for business but will go longer. The bigger ones definitely need more time.

A good week Smile