A group of us got together at Andiario, a primarily Italian restaurant where the chef has been doing some pretty cool things over the past 15 or so months. IMO, the best wine & food pairings were a tagliatelle dish with Bolete mushrooms that was paired with the La Tache, and a triangular pasta called Fusi Istriani with a rabbit ragu that went with the Monfortino.
And three non-premoxed grand cru Burgundies in a row - must have been the luck of the Irish!
The tasting order was as follows:
Clinet & Angelus (with a very nice squab dish)
- 1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru (9/11/2019)
Wow, the nose here is simply spectacular. So much going on here.
Sweet & sour cherry on an expansive palate - mind-blowingly good!
- 1975 Château d'Yquem - France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes (9/11/2019)
Dark gold/bronze in the bottle.
Lovely caramel on the nose.
Long on the palate - delicious! Unctuous.
- 1995 Château Angélus - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (9/11/2019)
I liked the Clinet better, but this is still drinking well tonight.
- 1995 Château Clinet - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol (9/11/2019)
Very nice, although tough to follow after the La Tache and Monfortino.
Still, on a Wednesday night in the suburbs, one could do a lot worse ;^)
- 1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (9/11/2019)
Young, young, young.
I decanted this about 3 1/2 hours ago, but this is still a baby.
Great, but at least IMO, better in 10-20-30 years (assuming I am still around to know)!
- 2002 Bouchard Père et Fils Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru (9/11/2019)
A little darker in the glass than the Sauzet was, but still fine.
This is richer and more evolved on the nose than the Sauzet was. On the palate, this is not as chiseled as the Sauzet, but is still quite nice.
- 2004 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru (9/11/2019)
Minerally nose on this - pristine and focused.
Quite tight on the palate - seems crazy to say this, but probably too young. Or at least with plenty of time in front of it.
- 2004 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru (9/11/2019)
Color looks perfect here (and as you might imagine given the producer, we were worried about that).
Tight nose at the outset, with buttered nuts in the background. Pristine bottle on the palate - lengthy finish. Really nice.