Ray was kind enough to allow a bunch of amateur golfers (and a few good ones) rip up his lawn hitting golf balls and hopefully not the house. We kicked it off with some pitch and put and Champagne, followed by a grill-a-thon of chicken sausage, vegetables and cheese.
1989 Krug (Magnum) This was very youthful, and still kind of tight and backwards. Hopefully this just needs more time in the bottle.
1990 Krug (Magnum) This was freaking tasty stuff. Well rounded, focused, a good amount of acid. Surprisingly accessible.
1985 Charles Heidsieck Cuvee Charlie- I gave the edge to this over the 1990 Krug b/c of the nose. It hit you like a ton of bricks. Really floral and exotic on the nose. Noticeably leaner and more crisp than the 90 Krug.
1996 Philipponat Clos des Goisss (April disgorgement) The big discussion was that the April disgorgement is better than the October. I haven’t had this before, so this was an great treat. Ripe, rich, complex and surprisingly accessible. It certainly has the weight and concentration to age nicely. I look forward to having this again in 10 years.
2002 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenue Batard Montrachet- I didn’t like this as much as everyone else. I thought it was quite tight, and didn’t revisit.
1990 Louis Remy Latricieres Chambertin- Light, but opened nicely through out the night. Didn’t bowl me over, but certainly didn’t suck.
1995 Joseph Roty Charmes TVV- This was awesome. After we popped a mag of 88 last week at Iron Chef, I thought this would be a huge winner, and it really was. This didn’t last long. Lots of bright fresh acidity, dark fruit and good richness.
1992 Bonneau CDP Reserve des Celestins (double blind) Everyone guessed North, and Ray brought it back to the south. Great wine, really funky nose, but that great purity and weight of a good Bonneau. A great achievement from a questionable vintage.
1988 Beaucastel CDP- Great stuff. I have had a number of surrounding vintages, but not this one. Really complex and elegant, no bret either.
1986 Jaboulet La Chappelle- I thought this was kind of sweet and out of whack. Didn’t love it.
1989 Dujac Clos St. Denis- I had high hopes for this, but was kind of light and nuanced. Nice wine, but didn’t rock my world.
2003 Dujac Clos de la Roche- There were some California Pinot references with this one. Certainly smelled like one, but if you concentrated hard, you got a tiny bit of terroir in it. Hopefully time will turn this one around.
1990 Palmer- Corked, was looking forward to this one too.
2002 Chave Hermitage Rouge- Really good stuff. Like the Bonneau, this turned a number of heads. Really good stuff, focused and full, with minimal green notes and not that light.
1985 Tempier Miguoa- I loved this, and in retrospect, while not the WOTN, this was certainly the most fun to drink. LOADS of complexity, and somewhat lean, but really singing right now.
And then 4 double blind wines…
1962 Louis Latour Corton Grancey- Cool stuff, I liked it, spicy, slightly chalky, decent fruit. Nice wine.
1982 Dunn Howell Mtn. Cabernet- I saw the bottle as Ray was pouring it, but that might have been a good thing. Kind of fun watching guys guess what Bordeaux they thought it was. They certainly had the right vintage though. This was tough though, even knowing, it really did taste like Bordeaux.
1967 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune and Blonde- Killer juice, really youthful and silky. Nice wine. Most guesses were spot on for region, but off by about 20 years.
1979 Jacqueline Jayer Echezeaux- I will let Ray fill you in on this one. Cool story, better wine. Really awesome stuff.