What an awesome night of wines, food and people! I had a blast, it was great to see Peter again and share some really amazing wines. There were no clunkers in the bunch, I am happy to say (I left a corked 1998 Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru les Champeaux at home… ).
Since Peter’s still napping, I’ll post my (hazy) recollections…
1998 Nicolas Feuillatte BdB-
VERY moussy, almost reminded me of a Limoux more than a Champagne, rather light in weight on the palate, but not bad. Its only crime was that it lacked personality.
2000 Lassaigne BdB-
An absolute night and day wine to the Feuillate, with TONS of personality and lovely, almost crunchy notes that had me coming back again and again. It also kept evolving in the glass. Beautiful.
1988 Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage-
Another beauty, this had freshness mixed with oxydized notes of an older Champagne (according to Peter, it was recently disgorged), a real stunner of a wine.
2000 Pierre Morey Meursault “Tessons”-
Fat, ripe and oaky, with subdued acidity. While cold, it reminded me of an oaky Meursault, but as it warmed up the acidity receded and the fat overwhelmed everything else. Not my style.
1999 Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet “Pucelles”-
Pure precision. Absolutely delicious, a real winner, with beautiful notes of slightly over-cooked popcorn, dry candied lemon rind (does that even make sense? who cares, that’s what it reminded me of), light hazelnuts and almond skins. Gorgeous, long finish too.
1996 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet “La Boudriotte” en magnum-
Another winner. Hints of that minty Ramonet mark mingled with darker nutty notes and almonds and lemons, a real laser beam of acidity. No signs of oxydation.
1976 Ampeau Volnay “Santenots”-
Ooooooh… gorgeous notes of older Pinot mixed in with fresh red berries, this had to have been topped off, but I’m not complaining. It was just delicious, with a lovely texture and a nice finish.
1995 Chevillon Nuits-Saint-Georges “Les Saint-Georges”-
Really nice, with fresh red and dark berry aspects but the acidity was a bit jarring at the end.
1995 Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos Saint-Jacques”-
Another beauty, this one’s acidity was nicely balanced by the heavier Gevrey fruit.
1991 DRC Romanée-Saint-Vivant-
“This is yummy”, my neighbor proclaimed, and she was right. Beautiful flowery aromatics, nice texture, it coated the mouth in elegant fruit then disappeared ever so slow, dancing across the palate.
1996 Raphet Charmes-Chambertin-
Very nice, I didn’t really get a chance to examine this, sadly, though I do remember liking it.
1996 Roumier Chambolle-Musigny “Les Cras”-
Somewhat chunky and rough, a real rustic beast, the acidity was all over the place. Not un-enjoyable, but compared to its tablemates this was a real barbarian.
2001 Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos Saint-Jacques”-
Another “Ooooooh” wine, a real thing of lovely elegance. Did I expect less from Rousseau? Bright, big red fruits and berries vied for attention over the earthy notes, ending with an extremely long finish. Wow.
2006 Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes-
Bright, young, going from light to dark berries, with a nice mouthfeel and medium-length finish (when compared to its predecessors). Quite nice.
Wow. Just wow. This was full of sweet hazelnuts, vanilla, lemons and nutty aspects, but with an impeccable balance that kept everything in line. Just gorgeous. Did I mention Wow? The mouthfeel and finish on this were pure hedonism.
A great night at Peking Duck House, even if service was a bit rushed.