TN: Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat

We had an offline planned for last night. However work reared its ugly head and took out 2 of our participants.

Andy and decided to trudge on despite our heavy losses and ended up having a wonderful meal at Shunji in LA.

  • 1990 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut - France, Champagne (6/29/2017)
    Again, rich, ripe, and delicious. Perfectly balanced with the acidity and oxidative profile. I reckon this is at peak right now.
  • 2004 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru (6/29/2017)
    Drank alongside the 04 Blanchot. These two were initially indistinguishable for the first 1-2 hours. After that the Valmur became more acidic, mineral and linear while the Blanchot was just ever so slightly richer. Both drinking well but both room to improve too.
  • 2004 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru (6/28/2017)
    A bit nervous given all the poor and flawed notes before this. Cork was pristine with no detectable cork taint. There is a tremendous amount of acidity, wonderful chalkiness, mineral, and fruit. This was indistinguishable from the 04 Valmur for the first hour. However, after an hour the fruit and richness of the Blanchot was more apparent vs the Valmur. Both incredibly delicious and some of the best Raveneau I’ve had with room for improvement.
  • 1997 Joseph Drouhin Romanée St. Vivant - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru (6/29/2017)
    Opens very pretty with some vosne spice, earth, and bright red fruit. This really picks up depth with an hour in the glass. The fruit and spice become even more pronounced but it never becomes heavy. Always in perfect balance. A wonderful bottle and delicious wine.
  • 1978 Camille Giroud Beaune 1er Cru Grèves - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru (6/29/2017)
    Must be a domaine cellar release because the capsule was brand new. The cork showed a little age. The wine was aged in appearance with some bricking. There was a little funk that quickly blew off. This was perfectly aged with meat, earth, olive aromas. Impressive weight and depth on the palate. Another testament to the amazing 78 vintage.

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Those Raveneaus sound great! You guys ball out on a Wednesday night.

Love the '90 Krug! It has been several years since I have had it, I will have to open another. The Raveneau sounds wonderful as well. Nice notes.

Did he say “reckon”? Also love the 90 Krug, although the mags have been much better than the 750’s for me.