When: TUESDAY, January 27th

Where: Ba Vo, 416 13th Street, Oakland, CA 94618. Tel. 510.832-1429

Website:

http://www.bavorestaurant.com/

The restaurant is right across the street from the landmark Oakland Tribune Building:

http://www.oaklandheritage.org/tribune.htm


Time: 7:00pm

Map:

http://maps.yahoo.com/;_ylc=X3oDMTExNmIycG51BF9TAzI3MTY...2C%20oakland%2C%20ca

Parking & Transporation:


BART: 12th Street Station - 1 Block away

Parking: Street Parking will be available after 5pm. If you want to park in a garage, I recommend the CITY CENTER GARAGE. The entrances are located on 12th and 14th Streets between Clay and Broadway (closer to Clay). It is a large facilty underground. You would park there and walk through the City Center to 13th Street.

There is a Merchant Garage 1/2 block from the restaurant (Franklin and 13th). It's a 2 story yellow building. The problem is that it closes at 8pm. The City Center Garage is open later (10pm or so).


Confirmed / Tentative:

Kpak + Jpak = 2 confirmed
Whiner / Wintarelli = confirmed
Juicy = 2-3 confirmed
Lizardking = 2 confirmed
tpb = 1 confirmed
Tanglenet = 1 confirmed
Randy Sloan = 1 confirmed
T.Velebil = 1-2?
J. Flanagan = 1 confirmed
E. Lundblad = 1 confirmed

Theme: Vintage Champagne

1996 Pol Roger Champagne Blanc de Chardonnay Brut
1995 Duval-Leroy Champagne Femme de Champagne
1995 Venoge Brut Millisime
1996 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
1996 Bollinger Grand Annee
1988 Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage
1985 Veuve Clicquot Rare Rose Vintage
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Okay, the time has arrived! I picked up some small buckets for chilling bottles in case the restaurant doesn't have enough. I will also be bringing some stems. But, as it looks I will be coming via BART, I won't be able to carry that many. So bring a couple of glasses!

See you tommorrow!
Thank you everybody for coming! It was great to see everyone again. I thought the wines were a good match with the food. I show the following wines. If there are any corrections, please let me know.

1959 Contant & Co. Champagne Vintage Brut - oxidized
1985 Veuve Clicquot Rare Rose Vintage
1985 René Collard Champagne Cuvée Reservee Millésimé
1988 Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage
1995 Duval-Leroy Champagne Femme de Champagne
1995 Venoge Brut Millisime
1995 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve
1996 Pol Roger Champagne Blanc de Chardonnay Brut
1996 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
1996 Bollinger Grand Annee
2002 Raymond Boulard Champagne Les Rachais
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
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Originally posted by Dunder:
Alright Californians, where's the notes on these fine bubblies?? Popcorn


coming tonight!


Winetarelli,

Re: 2002 Raymond Boulard Champagne Les Rachais

I was contacted by the winery. They would like to know where you purchased this as only 200 bottles were shipped to the US. What should I tell them?
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Originally posted by tanglenet:
quote:
Originally posted by winetarelli:
quote:
Originally posted by Dunder:
Alright Californians, where's the notes on these fine bubblies?? Popcorn


coming tonight!


Winetarelli,

Re: 2002 Raymond Boulard Champagne Les Rachais

I was contacted by the winery. They would like to know where you purchased this as only 200 bottles were shipped to the US. What should I tell them?


HA!

Wow.

Tell them that I arranged for Antonio Tartaglione to sell a bottle to Biondivino (wine store) in SF for me then to purchase from said store.

Smile
quote:
Originally posted by Dunder:
quote:
Originally posted by winetarelli:
quote:
Originally posted by Dunder:
Alright Californians, where's the notes on these fine bubblies?? Popcorn


coming tonight!

Don't make me beg.


Ok... here we go!

1959 Contant & Co. Champagne Vintage Brut
Oxidized but not unpleasant. Sherry and dark nuts. No score.

1985 Veuve Clicquot Rare Rose Vintage
One of my favorites of the night. Still somewhat youthful. Pink fruits and berries combined with plenty of bread dough. 93ish

1985 René Collard Champagne Cuvée Reservee Millésimé
One of my favorites of the night. Showing age and its high Pinot Meunier concentration with a bit of cheesiness, fig, and nut. Nice long finish that is not at all metallic (unlike the '90 which has a bit of metal on the finish). I'm always a big fan of Rene Collard. 93ish

1988 Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage
Very nice wine, classic vinatage Champagne with bread dough, hazelnuts, and some floral characteristics. Tasted at the expected stage of developement for an '88. I liked this more than I expected. 92.5ish

1995 Duval-Leroy Champagne Femme de Champagne
My easy WOTN and first bottle killed. Takes high in Chardonnay (it is 76/24 Chard/Pinot, in fact). Light and delicate with flowers and lots of minerality. More nuanced than any of the other wines at the table. More of an aperitif Champagne, however. Long finish. 94ish.

1995 Venoge Brut Millisime
I don't recall much about this, but it was not oneof my favorites of the evening.

1995 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve
Drinking like a sparkling Chardonnay. Randy said it reminded him of a sparkling Kistler. I can see that. There is deffinite oak treatment that is almost too much on the nose for a Champagne, but is well intergrated on the palate and long finish. Undeniably a Chardonnay with baked pear Chardonnay fruits, as well as with plenty of brown spice. Quite different from the '90 at this stage of developement as that was less oaked and nuttier. Still very nice. 92.5

1996 Pol Roger Champagne Blanc de Chardonnay Brut
I liked this less than I thought I would. I was a big fan of the '90. This opened up at it aired out and got warmer but it never was excellent. A hint of brown butter with some pear-like fruit and a reasonable finish. Nice, but nothing to get excited about. 91ish

1996 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
I liked this very much. It was awell made wine but I have had better bottles of this. Whereas on prior occasions this wine has been a but, rich yeasty, doughy, wine, this particular bottle was very much in a Dom Perignon type style where it was clearly well made, but no one component dominated. I don't recall any specifics other than that I thought is was about a 93 point wine.

1996 Bollinger Grand Annee
I don't recall any specifics of this other than that I wasn't hugely impressed but thought it good. 91.5ish?

2002 Raymond Boulard Champagne Les Rachais
I was late to dinner and then began dinner by prouring this onto my leg. After getting cleaned up, I tasted this and found it to be a bit tight. As the wine opened, I enjoyed it more and more but I think this is very young and will be much better in 10 years. By the end, the wine was showing a lot of minerality and flowers. The NV Blancs du Blancs and NV Rose are deffinitely the way to go with this producer, imo, though this may *excellent* several years down the road. 92(+?)

Raymond Boulard actually sent Antonio the link to this thread and Antonio may join us for a future offline! Smile
Great notes, well worth the wait! I particularly enjoyed your notes on the 85/88/96 Veuves as I have all of these cellared, the only bottle that appeared to have underperformed was the '96 Bolly, I would have expected a bit better especially being from such an excellent vintage, but I understand that certain vintages of the Grand Anee sometimes to take a bit longer to show their stuff.
Thanks for the notes winetarelli, it was nice meeting you!

I would agree with winetarelli on most of the notes, however, it was a toss up for me between the Grande Dame and the Femme for WOTN with the '88 Veuve, '85 Collard and '95 Heidsieck coming close behind.

Overall I thought they all showed well, I wouldn't complain about a single bottle.

-looking forward to the upcoming Syrah tasting.
What an enjoyable event. Thank you for the notes. My favorites were the Femme and the Grande Dame.

Concerning the syrah event, my question was "vintage?" as in what vintage. Finding I will need to be more specific. Looking forward to the next event.

This was a present to my sister-in-law and dear friend and want to thank all for making them feel welcome and including them in the event. All was greatly appreciated.

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