Peter Wasserman was in town showing wines at a fellow Berserker’s shop and a little dinner was organized for later in the evening at the under-appreciated Park 75 in midtown. I’m used to logging in and seeing Don’s notes already posted, but the good Dr. C could not join us last night, so you’re stuck with my impressions.
Some truly spectacular wines. I’m just thankful to have been invited.
1995 Krug (Magnum)–Beautiful start. Crisp and tight bubbles. Flowers and white fruit. So clean and fine on the palate. Great energy. Drinking really nice.
1999 Bouchard Chevalier Montrachet (Magnum)--Very good and sound, so points for that. But young and in need of time imo. Opened a bit as it sat in my glass, and shined with the the butter-poached crab leg dish.
1983 Pousse D’or Clos de la Bousse D’Or (Magnum)–Very good wine. Could be the star of an evening on its own, but just overshadowed tonight. Nice aged pinot nose with sous bois and red fruit. Just slightly too drying and lean on the palate to really shine in this company tonight.
1978 Camille Giroud Volnay Les Fremiets–This was quite good. Mature. Drinking well. That’s all I remember.
1991 Comte Georges de Vogue Bonnes Mares–Nose here was off a bit. Funky, in a not-good way. However, beyond the nose there was some serious dark fruit left to this. Some good power and energy, just a bit outclassed tonight, but damn good in its own way.
1993 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoreuses–This stopped me in my tracks. Wine of the night at this point, but that didn’t last long. Such an incredible and intoxicating perfume. Not sure a pinot noir can smell better. Integrated, soft, supple fruit just coats the palate. Delicate. Intense. Drinking beautifully. A+ here.
1985 Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze– Stunning showing. Nose is haunting. Smells like the season: spice, game, dark fruit, earth. Smells powerful, if that makes sense. Killer, killer wine. So much energy to the palate. The fruit seems weightless, but it goes on and on across the palate. The finish resonates. Oh wow. Another A+
1999 Domaine G./Christophe Roumier Bonnes-Mares–Wow. So elegant despite its youth. Polished and supple with gorgeous cherry fruit, sweet spice, and so, so much power in reserve. A bit of wood and tannin still showing, too. Just wow and will really be a killer a few more years down the road.
1990 Domaine Denis Mortet Chambertin--I remember this being elegant, resolved, and drinking really well. Delicate and pure. Floral and perfumed. Refined. I think I was a little obsessed with the Faiveley at this point, so I don’t have much on this, but it was great.
And two bottles served blind to close the night:
2002 Meo Camuzet Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux–I guessed young Dujac. No. My first Cros Parantoux. Much potential here. Probably could have used a decant. Some oak, maybe a little stemmy. Dark fruit. Very nice stuff.
1995 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands-Echezeaux--blind…I guessed young-ish Fourrier, so yeah, go me! Smells like still-primary pinot fruit and flowers. Brilliant and lively red fruit flavor on the palate. Powerful energy that’s edgy on the palate. Layers and layers of earth, spice, fruit. Just unwinding now. Young, but very nice. Another A+
I think that’s it. Might have forgotten a white Burg that was poured.
Some great wines…All my woty candidates in one sitting. Good night.
Thanks to all for sharing some fine wines.