TN: Boston Dinner With Ed 4/21

Thanks again to Zach for organizing and to our favorite haunt for allowing us to free form on people and wine. Ed was close to sitting in another zip code from my end of the table, but seemed to be enjoying himself. I really enjoyed my first experience with the August West wines and the old Bordeaux weren’t too shabby either.

1996 Jacquesson Signature Extra Brut – I think this bottle was flawed, with a strong note of oxidized sherry to go along with intense sea shell minerals on the nose. Very, very tart and acidic on the palate with nice structure and lemons and soy on the finish.

2007 Vieux Lazaret CNDP Blanc – Very nice lemon/lime on the nose with a strong whiff of limestone. Not a ton of fruit on the palate, but very nice body and texture with a strong mineral backbone. Went wonderfully well with food.

2007 August West Graham Family Vineyard – White pepper, forest floor, baking spices and graham crackers on the nose. Beautifully structured palate with cola, black raspberry, and spicy ginger. Good balance of sweet and acidic on the finish.

2006 August West Graham Family Vineyard – This had been open since the day prior. It did not have the same fruit forwardness of the 07, but instead was full of spicy peppery mushrooms and pine needles on the nose. Much more delicate but delineated and elegant palate, consistent with the nose but also having some nice soft raspberry fruit.

2007 August West Rosella’s Vineyard – Some pronounced pinot funk on the nose (good funk, like Parliament/Funkadelic in their prime) with a strong cola and big bold black cherry fruit. Much more in your face than the Graham’s – quite structured, almost tannic on the finish.

1997 AF Gros Savigny Les Beaune Le Clos des Guettes – White flowers, soy sauce, just a hint of brett and damp earth. Bright very tart cherry fruit on the palate – nice attack but a little thin on the finish

2006 WH Smith Marimar Vineyard – A huge style shift from the Burg. Nose of juniper, cola and black raspberry. Very oaky palate with some of the same black raspberry notes shining through. Not my cup of tea.

1983 Chateau Canon – Very refined nose of white pepper, cedar, sweet licorice and leather. Definitely fully mature on the palate with very soft tannins and some nice earthy raspberry fruit and a hint of soy on the finish.

1982 Beychevelle – Still very vibrantly colored. Seemed a little muted to me on the nose and palate even after an hour decant, but as it sat in the glass began to really open up. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, cedar and tobacco notes on the nose. Soft attack with lovely red fruit, but still some significant structure and backbone to it with a nice long finish. Drinking well right now but has some life left.

1990 Pegau Cuvee Reservee – We tasted this blind. Guesses at our end of the table were Amarone or Valpolicella as the wine had a definite sweet dried fruit note to it. Some raspberry and plum fruit, but the whole thing seemed a little monolithic to me and I was shocked at the reveal. Maybe some more time open?

1993 Hilltop Neszmély Tokaji – Like a marvelously refreshing lemon iced tea. Not overly sweet and cloying, but nice notes of honey and tea on the palate as well. A very nice finisher!

Jud, nice write-up. I was sorry to miss this one. I have been a fan of Freeman for some time, but have never had the pleasure of an August West wine. I’ll have to remedy that soon!

Interesting thoughts on the 1990 Pegau. I have not had the wine since January '07, but thought then that it needed more time. My note below refers to the teeth-staining tannin levels that I recall. I did not get the Valpo or Amarone notes you guys did, but I think it is interesting that several people went down that path in terms of guesses.

January 2007: Here we have a nose of saffron, dried orange peel, dark cherries and dark berries. In the mouth, it shows good density, intensity and drive, and quite good length. It is spicy and chocolatey, with a fair amount of teeth-staining tannins hanging around. Probably better in a few years, though.

Nice choice on the '82 Beychevelle, too. I’m sorry to have missed that one.

See you soon, I hope!



Great notes as always. What a fun time and I thought most of the wines showed decently well. I did think the 90 Pegau was weird. I have never had this wine before but it did not taste anything like other 90 CDP’s I have had.

Fun night overall!!