On Saturday, Andy and I trekked up to Yountville for the day. Evening included appetizers at Bistro Jeanty, dinner at Bouchon, drinks at Bottega and more…here’s some of the wines:
1988 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Rare (France, Champagne)
This was popped and poured at Trevor’s pad in Yountville. Very nice Champagne. Very lively and young seeming with terrific acidity, lemon, hazelnut and brioche with just a hint of oxidation, which to me added to the complexity. I think this can be had for around $90-100 and it is well worth it. 92-93/100
1990 Krug Champagne Brut
I have to admit this wasn’t my favorite bottle of 90 Krug. It almost seemed a touch simple compared to the Veuve and if I can have 3 bottles of the Veuve to one of the Krug…I’ll take the 3 Veuve. That being said it almost showed red fruited to me when popped, like red apple skin. Very moussy and toasty through the midpalate with a shortish finish that did start to fill out with a little air. Don’t get me wrong, it is a very good Champagne. I just expected more.
2006 Domaine Denis Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Corbeaux Vieilles Vignes
This was terrific albeit very young, tight, acidic and tannic. The nose is very pretty with spicy dark fruit and flowers. The palate is tight but very clean and very focused with terrific material underneath the structure. I’d put this away for at least 10 years. Luckily we found some more at $60 per. Well worth that price. 91/100 now but potentially, 3-4 points better in the future. 1990 Château L’Evangile (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)
This was very, very nice and very sexy. Rich lush dark fruit, cocoa, and hints of earth, minerals and leather. The palate weight and texture are plush and seemless but still good acidity to keep it lively. I loved this wine and it went very well with the roast chicken and red rice at Bouchon…95-96/100
Thanks for the notes TOny. It was a fun evening and glad I could spend some time with TV, Trevor, and Sam…until she disappeared
I agree that for the price, the Veuve was a better QPR than the Krug, and probably slightly better IMO. Trevor thought the l’Evangile was possible slightly heat damaged, but I didn’t detect any issues with it all and Tony didn’t either. It was drinking very well and still has good aging potential. Glad I could find some more Bachelet, and after the 20% off sale, $60/bottle is a killer deal for this Burg. Wish i had room to take more home than I did.
I thought you guys were going to call me when you moved on from V!!! Anyways, I was really really tired and fell asleep I am really glad I got to see you even if it was just for some champagne and a stolen fig.
Btw…$60 is not a very good sale price, I bought mine for $45
I don’t hate the 06 Bachelets and it could be that they’re young, but I havent liked the 2 GCs I’ve had anywhere near as much as the 06 Fourrier GC fwiw. Not they they’re in competition with each other, of course.
Been going to Chez Panisse upstairs cafe… Jill and my new favorite spot.
You and Traci need to get up to the winery this year for harvest… 2009 is a BIG year for us, with some killer Eastside and Westside road pinot coming in for DeBiase, and we could use the help. We pay in denominations of Racer 5.