3 Sunday Dinner Bdx.

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3 Sunday Dinner Bdx.

#1 Post by LMD Ermitaño » April 29th, 2019, 12:20 am

Very quick notes from dinner last night (for the main of porcini-encrusted rib-eyes) with 3 wino buddies (nothing served blind):

1970 La Fleur-Pétrus - My bottle, quickly double decanted to remove sediment after being stood upright for 4 days. Breathing time was in our glasses. Eventually gained weight up to slightly over medium body. Good depth, respectable medium+ length, almost velvety. Slight ferrous/sanguine & loamy character to the fruits (which include a note of preserved tamarind). Old-school Pomerol. Still very enjoyable; but I won’t wait longer on my remaining bottles as I suspect this will start sliding at an increased rate. Time to drink.

1989 & 1990 La Mission Haut Brion - From Alex & Keiichi, respectively. Neither decanted; though the ‘89 Alex slow-oxed for a day. As there are copious WB notes on these two, I will forego descriptors. All I’ll say is, side by side, they are more similar than ever I recall. The ‘90, unsurprisingly, seemed marginally fuller in body than the ‘89 (the latter slightly more rigid in structure); and had more ripe-sweetness in bouquet and on the palate.

I imagine I’d have been able to tell them apart if served together half-blind; but, until that happens, I wouldn’t really know.
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#2 Post by Joshua Kates » April 29th, 2019, 4:23 am

Noel,

I had the 74 of the Lafleur-Petrus recently; even it was showing pretty nicely, which surprised me. Thanks for your always interesting posts.

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#3 Post by Neal.Mollen » April 29th, 2019, 4:44 am

I like your style! Always a pleasure to read about your dinners!
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#4 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » April 29th, 2019, 4:55 am

Neal.Mollen wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 4:44 am
I like your style! Always a pleasure to read about your dinners!
Clearly, when I call you Senior DC Counsel with respect to your balla status, even you are country compared to Noel, and I’m sub-country!

Now that is a mighty fine night!

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#5 Post by Charlie Carnes » April 29th, 2019, 5:41 am

Heck of a dinner! Looks like a great time. '89 and '90 La Mission... I would love to drink those side by side!
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#6 Post by LMD Ermitaño » April 29th, 2019, 7:56 am

Joshua Kates wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 4:23 am
Noel,

I had the 74 of the Lafleur-Petrus recently; even it was showing pretty nicely, which surprised me. Thanks for your always interesting posts.
Interesting! I’ll pick one or two up if ever I come across any, thanks.

I’ve had very little experience with ‘74s from anywhere. All I recall offhand are: ‘74 Latour (served blind around 3-4 years ago which I couldn’t even identify as Bdx - much less Pauillac or Latour); ‘74 d’Angerville Volnay Champans (sometime in 2014; barely drinkable); and, ‘74 Contino Reserva (in March 2010, served over lunch by Jesus de Madrazo Mateo - the wine made by his father - actually pleasant enough; though clearly way, way past prime).
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#7 Post by LMD Ermitaño » April 29th, 2019, 7:56 am

Neal.Mollen wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 4:44 am
I like your style! Always a pleasure to read about your dinners!
Thank you, Neal!
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#8 Post by LMD Ermitaño » April 29th, 2019, 7:58 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 4:55 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 4:44 am
I like your style! Always a pleasure to read about your dinners!
Clearly, when I call you Senior DC Counsel with respect to your balla status, even you are country compared to Noel, and I’m sub-country!

Now that is a mighty fine night!
Hahaha...how do you say in American? It certainly didn’t suck? Did I get that correctly?

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#9 Post by LMD Ermitaño » April 29th, 2019, 8:00 am

Charlie Carnes wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 5:41 am
Heck of a dinner! Looks like a great time. '89 and '90 La Mission... I would love to drink those side by side!
Yes, indeed fun, thanks! The subject side by side was the idea of those two who brought the bottles. I didn’t even know about it until late afternoon “pre-game bubblies” before the dinner itself.
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#10 Post by LMD Ermitaño » April 29th, 2019, 8:07 am

These were the pre-game bubblies; and, the post-game whisky (with cigars). After such a Sunday night, I worked from home the next day.
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#11 Post by Neal.Mollen » April 29th, 2019, 8:36 am

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 7:58 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 4:55 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 4:44 am
I like your style! Always a pleasure to read about your dinners!
Clearly, when I call you Senior DC Counsel with respect to your balla status, even you are country compared to Noel, and I’m sub-country!

Now that is a mighty fine night!
Hahaha...how do you say in American? It certainly didn’t suck? Did I get that correctly?

🥂
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#12 Post by CJ Beazley » April 29th, 2019, 10:10 am

Great post Noel, I wanted to say kudos to the guy who brought (what appears to be) his daughter.
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#13 Post by LMD Ermitaño » April 29th, 2019, 10:56 am

Neal.Mollen wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 8:36 am
LMD Ermitaño wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 7:58 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 4:55 am


Clearly, when I call you Senior DC Counsel with respect to your balla status, even you are country compared to Noel, and I’m sub-country!

Now that is a mighty fine night!
Hahaha...how do you say in American? It certainly didn’t suck? Did I get that correctly?

🥂
pitch perfect!
Haha good to know!
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#14 Post by LMD Ermitaño » April 29th, 2019, 11:00 am

CJ Beazley wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 10:10 am
Great post Noel, I wanted to say kudos to the guy who brought (what appears to be) his daughter.
Hi, Craig. Thanks. The little girl is Keiichi’s daughter. Her mom is out of the country for a short while; and, it being Sunday (observed as family day here), Keiichi, dutiful dad, brought her along for dinner. She and her nanny went home early though.
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#15 Post by Jason T » April 29th, 2019, 12:56 pm

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 8:07 am
These were the pre-game bubblies; and, the post-game whisky (with cigars). After such a Sunday night, I worked from home the next day.
You’re a better man than I. After a night like that ‘worked from home’ would have been more like ‘“worked” from home’.
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#16 Post by Joshua Kates » April 29th, 2019, 1:34 pm

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 12:20 am
Very quick notes from dinner last night (for the main of porcini-encrusted rib-eyes) with 3 wino buddies (nothing served blind):

1970 La Fleur-Pétrus - My bottle, quickly double decanted to remove sediment after being stood upright for 4 days. Breathing time was in our glasses. Eventually gained weight up to slightly over medium body. Good depth, respectable medium+ length, almost velvety. Slight ferrous/sanguine & loamy character to the fruits (which include a note of preserved tamarind). Old-school Pomerol. Still very enjoyable; but I won’t wait longer on my remaining bottles as I suspect this will start sliding at an increased rate. Time to drink.

1989 & 1990 La Mission Haut Brion - From Alex & Keiichi, respectively. Neither decanted; though the ‘89 Alex slow-oxed for a day. As there are copious WB notes on these two, I will forego descriptors. All I’ll say is, side by side, they are more similar than ever I recall. The ‘90, unsurprisingly, seemed marginally fuller in body than the ‘89 (the latter slightly more rigid in structure); and had more ripe-sweetness in bouquet and on the palate.

I imagine I’d have been able to tell them apart if served together half-blind; but, until that happens, I wouldn’t really know.
To be clear, Noel, I'm not suggesting that you go long on these :). (I myself was surprised and can't think of any other '74's that I have or liked of late.)

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#17 Post by Mike Maguire » April 29th, 2019, 3:03 pm

Always love your dinner and wine notes Noel, stay well my friend.

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#18 Post by LMD Ermitaño » April 29th, 2019, 8:28 pm

Jason T wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 12:56 pm
LMD Ermitaño wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 8:07 am
These were the pre-game bubblies; and, the post-game whisky (with cigars). After such a Sunday night, I worked from home the next day.
You’re a better man than I. After a night like that ‘worked from home’ would have been more like ‘“worked” from home’.
Haha well, that too.
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#19 Post by LMD Ermitaño » April 29th, 2019, 8:30 pm

Joshua Kates wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 1:34 pm
LMD Ermitaño wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 12:20 am
Very quick notes from dinner last night (for the main of porcini-encrusted rib-eyes) with 3 wino buddies (nothing served blind):

1970 La Fleur-Pétrus - My bottle, quickly double decanted to remove sediment after being stood upright for 4 days. Breathing time was in our glasses. Eventually gained weight up to slightly over medium body. Good depth, respectable medium+ length, almost velvety. Slight ferrous/sanguine & loamy character to the fruits (which include a note of preserved tamarind). Old-school Pomerol. Still very enjoyable; but I won’t wait longer on my remaining bottles as I suspect this will start sliding at an increased rate. Time to drink.

1989 & 1990 La Mission Haut Brion - From Alex & Keiichi, respectively. Neither decanted; though the ‘89 Alex slow-oxed for a day. As there are copious WB notes on these two, I will forego descriptors. All I’ll say is, side by side, they are more similar than ever I recall. The ‘90, unsurprisingly, seemed marginally fuller in body than the ‘89 (the latter slightly more rigid in structure); and had more ripe-sweetness in bouquet and on the palate.

I imagine I’d have been able to tell them apart if served together half-blind; but, until that happens, I wouldn’t really know.
To be clear, Noel, I'm not suggesting that you go long on these :). (I myself was surprised and can't think of any other '74's that I have or liked of late.)
Should be ok just to try out. Just one or two bottles for curiosity’s sake, for so long as the price is reasonable - which I believe would likely be the case. Not much call for ‘74 Bdx.
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#20 Post by LMD Ermitaño » April 29th, 2019, 8:31 pm

Mike Maguire wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Always love your dinner and wine notes Noel, stay well my friend.
Thank you, Mike!
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