Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion

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#1 Post by Victor Hong » April 20th, 2019, 1:48 pm

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#2 Post by Neal.Mollen » April 20th, 2019, 2:00 pm

Awesome, Victor. Post a note!
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#3 Post by Victor Hong » April 20th, 2019, 2:16 pm

Well, anybody who wants a sip should show up at Union Square Cafe tonight.
I got it as a very wonderful (albeit overly extravagant) birthday gift. No reason to age any further, as I sort of learned from the passing of my father, two weeks ago.
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#4 Post by Nola Palomar » April 20th, 2019, 2:21 pm

Darn they cancelled my flight to NY.
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#5 Post by Neal.Mollen » April 20th, 2019, 2:33 pm

My condolences Victor. I am glad to see you are taking the opportunity to celebrate. Live life while there is life to live
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#6 Post by cjsavino » April 20th, 2019, 2:33 pm

That is the way we should all look at our wines
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#7 Post by Ed Steinway » April 20th, 2019, 2:48 pm

My condolences to you and your family over the loss of your father, Victor. I hope the '59 LMHB is a spectacular bottle tonight.


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#8 Post by dcornutt » April 20th, 2019, 3:37 pm

My condolences Victor on the loss of your dad. Enjoy that nice bottle.
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#9 Post by Ramon C » April 20th, 2019, 4:10 pm

My condolences.

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#10 Post by M. Dildine » April 20th, 2019, 4:12 pm

Very sorry to hear about your father Victor. I’m, unfortunately, a continent away, but I hope your evening (and that legendary bottle of wine) are spectacular!
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#11 Post by Russ Williams » April 20th, 2019, 4:13 pm

What a great friend you have Victor. So sorry to hear about your dad. I think Neal pretty much nailed it. Please do post notes.
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#12 Post by ky1em!ttskus » April 20th, 2019, 4:14 pm

Condolences, V. May your bottle drink well and your memeories be vast and shared!

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#13 Post by AlexS » April 20th, 2019, 4:16 pm

Victor, so sorry for your loss - here's to a fantastic bottle of Bordeaux and many cheers made in his memory!
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#14 Post by David Glasser » April 20th, 2019, 4:37 pm

Victor, glad to see you enjoying a generous gift on your birthday. Savor every moment.

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#15 Post by alan weinberg » April 20th, 2019, 6:10 pm

Condolences. Enjoy the many happy memories.

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#16 Post by Arv R » April 20th, 2019, 6:26 pm

It sounds like you had some great bottles with your dad. Saddened for your loss and hope the 59 drinks well.
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#17 Post by Mike S. » April 20th, 2019, 6:30 pm

May you have lots of great thoughts of your father as you sip the wine.
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#18 Post by p@ulbortin » April 20th, 2019, 6:34 pm

Sorry to hear that Victor. Best wishes.

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#19 Post by Jeremy C » April 20th, 2019, 7:17 pm

Sorry to learn. I hope you're enjoying the wine.
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#20 Post by B. Buzzini » April 20th, 2019, 7:31 pm

Hope it conjures up a beautiful emotion for you. Cheers to your Dad...and to your bday! [cheers.gif]
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#21 Post by Paul McCourt » April 20th, 2019, 7:35 pm

Sorry about your dad.

But hey , I was born in 59. Live in Manhattan. In town this weekend. Not too busy. Just sayin [whistle.gif]
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#22 Post by Craig G » April 20th, 2019, 8:05 pm

Paul McCourt wrote:
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Sorry about your dad.

But hey , I was born in 59. Live in Manhattan. In town this weekend. Not too busy. Just sayin [whistle.gif]
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#23 Post by Karl K » April 20th, 2019, 8:08 pm

Condolences, brother.
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#24 Post by Victor Hong » April 21st, 2019, 6:58 am

Many thanks to all. I will post notes shortly.
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#25 Post by Victor Hong » April 21st, 2019, 7:17 am

Arv R wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 6:26 pm
It sounds like you had some great bottles with your dad. Saddened for your loss and hope the 59 drinks well.
Mom and Dad drank up most of my La Mission Haut Brion 1989 when visiting Noo Yawk, and my Haut Brion 1990, Pichon Baron 1990, and Poniatowski Vouvray 1990 when I visited Chicago. He left us two unopened bottles of birth-year 1927 Alvear Pedro Ximenex; she and I drank one at dinner on his last day.

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#26 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » April 21st, 2019, 7:26 am

A wonderful thread in homage to Victor’s dad, and by extension, all of our dads. So cool you enjoyed these experiences with your father. And quite a tribute, with a classic wine.

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#27 Post by AlexS » April 21st, 2019, 7:39 am

Wow Victor, the wine looks awesome. Can't wait for the TN.
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#28 Post by Victor Hong » April 21st, 2019, 8:21 am

The excellent wine staff at Union Square Cafe carefully wrangled out the very old cork, which had an odd mid-section, resembling white wax. No counterfeiter would ever have taken such effort to create that contraption, helping to indicate that this was no fake. Our server tried the first sip, and said, "Hey, I'm digging it."

As the top picture demonstrates, the color of this almost six-decade wine was deep and in-penetrable red, transitioning to brick at the rim, evidencing excellent storage conditions.
The wine readily offered a raspberry and blackberry nose, with laced with pipe tobacco, honey, espresso, and sun-warmed gravel.
Its mouthfeel was medium bodied and layered, effortlessly draping and gliding like an heirloom silk robe.
The palate was ample yet elegant ripe fruit, with addenda of seared red-meat glaze, ginger, coffee, and cinnamon.

Everybody happily drank but otherwise ignored an excellent bottle of 1986 Haut Brion.

I will add more notes later. Thank you.
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#29 Post by JC J o u a s » April 21st, 2019, 8:50 am

Victor, I am sorry for your loss and I am sure that opening a legendary bottling such as the 1959 La Mission was especially tough given the circumstances but I am certainly glad that you had what sounds like a wonderful wine experience.
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#30 Post by alan weinberg » April 21st, 2019, 8:54 am

Victor Hong wrote:
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If I leave this world with just one bottle of wine, that would be a feat. [wow.gif]
as did the famous British wine critic Andre Simon.

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#31 Post by Paul McCourt » April 21st, 2019, 8:56 am

So nice that it was a good bottle!
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#32 Post by rob klafter » April 21st, 2019, 8:57 am

So sorry for your loss Victor. Hope his memory is a comfort to you
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#33 Post by Victor Hong » April 21st, 2019, 5:00 pm

The Haut Brion 1986 was delicious, whereby the characteristically massive tannins of that Bordeaux vintage have finally rounded and softened enough to balance beautifully with the complex dark fruit, warm gravelly earth, and deep tobacco notes. Never before has the Haut Brion 1986 offered such a rich but feather-like, glycerin-woven mouthfeel. The finish was long yet elegant. Based on the vibrantly bruise-like red and purple hues of the wine, with no hint of browning at the rim, the wine seems to have reached its long-awaited maturity, promising at least two more decades of drinking pleasure.
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The Sauternes was, as usual, lovely beyond words.
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#34 Post by Victor Hong » April 21st, 2019, 5:27 pm

Poniatowski Clos Baudoin 1990 provided the best showing ever for this wine, alive with notes of warm pear, bright Meyer lemon, and rich (but not too sweet) butterscotch, all delivered with a luxuriously extended finish, bearing an unexpected hint of Perigord truffle.
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#35 Post by Bdklein » April 21st, 2019, 5:48 pm

Victor Hong wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 1:48 pm
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If I recall correctly, what is in the privacy of your own (rented) home is none of our business.

That being said , my sincere condolences on your loss.
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#36 Post by Victor Hong » April 21st, 2019, 6:19 pm

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#37 Post by Matthew King » April 21st, 2019, 6:59 pm

Hey Victor. I’m still trying to decipher all the inside jokes about you from the East Coast crew. You have a large persona here, based on your parsimony and various forms of chagrin/bemusement about your fellow NYers ... as far as I can tell.

I don’t recall you posting a lot about actual wines. But based on these evocative notes I’d sure love to see more from you!

And I hope the pleasant memories of time well spent with your dad will always buoy you.
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#38 Post by David Wright » April 21st, 2019, 10:01 pm

Condolences, Victor.

Take comfort in knowing that you did your father proud.

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#39 Post by Victor Hong » April 22nd, 2019, 4:29 am

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#40 Post by Jason T » April 22nd, 2019, 5:09 am

Victor, my condolences.
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#41 Post by Victor Hong » April 22nd, 2019, 3:56 pm

I have finally lived past my IQ. [snort.gif]
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#42 Post by David Glasser » April 24th, 2019, 8:31 am

Bet you're not even half way there yet, Victor.

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#43 Post by Corey N. » April 24th, 2019, 9:05 am

Victor Hong wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Well, anybody who wants a sip should show up at Union Square Cafe tonight.
I got it as a very wonderful (albeit overly extravagant) birthday gift. No reason to age any further, as I sort of learned from the passing of my father, two weeks ago.
I just saw this. I'm for very sorry for the loss of your father. I know how much he meant to you. I hope you can take solace in knowing that he lived a very full life and that he could not have asked for a better son. My condolences.
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#44 Post by Cole Kendall » April 24th, 2019, 9:15 am

Happy 60th Victor to you and the wine, both fortunate to be born in such a good year!

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#45 Post by Mark Y » April 24th, 2019, 11:50 am

cjsavino wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 2:33 pm
That is the way we should all look at our wines
No doubt. How does the saying go again? “ We all need to find someone who looks at us the way Victor looks at that bottle of wine. “?

Sorry for your loss Victor! Looks like you had a great evening.
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#46 Post by M. Dildine » April 24th, 2019, 12:02 pm

Victor Hong wrote:
April 21st, 2019, 8:21 am
The excellent wine staff at Union Square Cafe carefully wrangled out the very old cork, which had an odd mid-section, resembling white wax. No counterfeiter would ever have taken such effort to create that contraption, helping to indicate that this was no fake. Our server tried the first sip, and said, "Hey, I'm digging it."

As the top picture demonstrates, the color of this almost six-decade wine was deep and in-penetrable red, transitioning to brick at the rim, evidencing excellent storage conditions.
The wine readily offered a raspberry and blackberry nose, with laced with pipe tobacco, honey, espresso, and sun-warmed gravel.
Its mouthfeel was medium bodied and layered, effortlessly draping and gliding like an heirloom silk robe.
The palate was ample yet elegant ripe fruit, with addenda of seared red-meat glaze, ginger, coffee, and cinnamon.

Everybody happily drank but otherwise ignored an excellent bottle of 1986 Haut Brion.

I will add more notes later. Thank you.
100 points on the vicarious scale! Thanks Victor!
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#47 Post by Viet Ly » April 24th, 2019, 12:45 pm

Matthew King wrote:
April 21st, 2019, 6:59 pm
Hey Victor. I’m still trying to decipher all the inside jokes about you from the East Coast crew. You have a large persona here, based on your parsimony and various forms of chagrin/bemusement about your fellow NYers ... as far as I can tell.

I don’t recall you posting a lot about actual wines. But based on these evocative notes I’d sure love to see more from you!

And I hope the pleasant memories of time well spent with your dad will always buoy you.
+1. I'm a newbie here so sometimes what gets thrown around on here goes over my head but I enjoyed reading your notes. [cheers.gif]

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