TNs: Weekend wines

BBQ AT JASON’S - (27/10/2023)

Quick notes on some wines but the star of the show was undoubtedly the array of smoked meats by Jason.


Time for others to bring the wines in return for part 1 where I opened everything haha.

  • 1976 Château Lynch-Bages - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
    So vibrant that I thought this was a strong vintage 80s left-bank from 89 or 90. Some greenness but the vibrant, savoury fruit dominated. Tertiary, balsamic notes emerged after a couple of hours. (92 pts.)
  • 2014 La Pousse d’Or Clos de la Roche - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
    Almost nailed this wine, except the maker was off. Thought this bore a lot of similarities to the 2008 Dujac CDLR that I tasted a couple of weeks ago so I guessed 2012/14 Dujac CDLR when others were in Chambolle. Beautiful ruby colour with pretty fruit that straddled between the blue and red ends of the spectrum, but with an underlying Morey sturdiness. A wine that surpassed expectations when on reveal. (94 pts.)
  • 2001 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Clos Vougeot - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
    Thought this was from the early 90s but when revealed that this was younger I guessed this was a 2000 Gevrey. Slight greeness but with dark, roasted fruit. Took time to get going but when it did it gained a lovely elegance that brought the wine into balance. Very quintessential old-school Burgundy that did not bear many similarities to the more opulent style today. (93 pts.)
  • 2002 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
    Guessed 2005 masculine Vosne or Chambolle. For all its naysayers I do like Vogüé and thought this was showing superbly. Rich, powerful dark cherry fruit, truly an iron fist behind a velvet glove sort of wine. Evolved throughout and got silkier with air. (95 pts.)
  • 2005 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru En Orveaux - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
    This wine was a reminder to give Burgundies plenty of air. This was opened by the person who brought it at 1pm for dinner but was unbelievably primary and jammy with creamy vanilla oak at first - so much so that I guessed 2018 Rouget Vosne! On reveal we decided to give it a couple of hours and what a difference it made, still very much a masculine wine but the oak receded to reveal a incredibly heady mix of deep, spicy red fruit. Gained a laser-like precision and focus that only the best makers can achieve, so much so that I didn’t want to finish my last sip. (95 pts.)
  • 1998 Dominique Laurent Grands-Echezeaux - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
    Cloudy with spicy and sweet red fruit so guessed 2002 Laurent Vosne 1er. Sweet fruit didn’t quite gel with the tart acidity and tea-like notes. Not as seamless as I expected from the stature of the plot, agreed with another taster that the fruit was quite muddled. (91 pts.)
  • 1988 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage
    Wasn’t supposed to bring anything but decided to bring this to stump the experience tasters - someone actually managed to nail this as a Rhone. Pungent manure on the nose but the palate had surprisingly vibrant dark roasted red fruit with the classic smoked meat marker of northern Rhone. Liked the elegance of this but probably 5 years past peak. (89 pts.)
  • 1990 Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Moelleux - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray
    Mildly corked but the sweetness managed to mask it well. Pleasant creme brulee and apricot notes but lacking a little acidity. (90 pts.)
  • 1989 Château La Conseillante - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
    Slightly corked, more apparent on the palate than the nose. NR (flawed)
  • 1993 Louis Latour Romanée St. Vivant Les Quatre Journaux - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
    Corked to oblivion. NR (flawed)

Sad to hear about the ‘17 Alter Ego. I have some, yet to try it but this isnt good portents.

To be fair I am less tolerant of young / modern Bordeaux than most!

Well done Melvin. That duck looks really good!

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Very nice. That duck!
Too bad about the 1989 La Conseillante. It’s a special wine when it’s on.

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I’m not sure if it was your birthday or someone else’s but if it was yours, happy birthday !
I smiled when I read your note on the Galouchey - I agree they can be really tasty and I’m glad you got a good one. I was a bit disappointed by the 2014s I’ve tried this year.

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Cheers Julian, my birthday was at the start of Oct where I opened all the wines, this was part 2 of the celebration where my friends opened all the wines instead! The Galouchey is definitely a Bordeaux that is drinkable young and I am not sure how they would age. Hopefully your 2014s are just in a dumb phase. Got a bottle of 2002 Clos du Jaugueyron that I will open soon to see if Bordeaux of such style will age!


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Oh my gosh that food!!!

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That Clos du Jaugueyron 02 will be interesting - never had one - but the 00 certainly aged well, as did the 06 I tried this summer.