Our dear friend JulieD was in town for the weekend, so four of us had a casual Friday get-together at this excellent cafe. Tasting notes and scores are my own; rankings are by group vote.
- 2008 Domaine Vincent and Sophie Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazees - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Clear light straw yellow. Notes of musk, white grapefruit, lemon, minerals, light smoky oak. Chablis-like. Tart, crisp, delicious. My #3 and group's THIRD PLACE tonight. (92 pts.)
- 1994 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Opened and decanted at 6:15 PM, re-bottled at 7:00 PM, tasted at 8:00 PM. Clear light-medium ruby color. Whiff of eucalyptus when first opened. After decanting, this showed garrigue, tapenade, bacon, pleasantly tart red plums and rhubarb. Racer117 commented that this wine was much lighter in color, and more fruit-forward, than another bottle tasted last spring, which he remembered as having a tarry character. Tonight's bottle carries good provenance, so perhaps some bottle variation? (90 pts.)
- 1995 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve - USA, California, Napa Valley
Opened and decanted at 6:15 PM, re-bottled at 7:00 PM, tasted at 8:30 PM. Clear dark garnet-ruby color. Marvelous bouquet of creme de cassis, incense, bright cherries, forest floor, unobtrusive oak, and even a welcome note of fresh flowers. Full bodied, seamless, rich and wonderfully balanced. Fully mature but vigorous, can age for many more years. My #1 and group's FIRST PLACE tonight. (94 pts.)
- 2001 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages - USA, California, Sonoma County
Allowed to breathe in glass for one hour. Clear dark purple-garnet color. Brooding bouquet of creme de cassis, blackberries, charcoal, forest floor. Seems closed and tight. On the palate, this was silky, smooth, full-bodied, may ultimately surpass the 1995 BV Private Reserve also tasted tonight. Needs a few more years. My #2 and group's SECOND PLACE tonight. (92 pts.)
As always, a pleasure to see everyone. Cheers!
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