At the Union League with Clive, Bob and a group of friends

Union League Cafe, New Haven Ct.
Tasted Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Monday, March 28, 2011 by ricknat1 with 652 views

Introduction

I was lucky to get invited by friends to this long standing group of wine lovers, who put on and organized a terrific event with wines from all of our cellars. This was structured into 5 flights per night over 2 nights with 12 people (plus some shared pours. The smaller number of pours than most commercial tastings made a huge difference as the wines evolved in the glass much more than most tastings I have attended. i made many new friends and enjoyed myself tremendously

Flight 1 (2 Notes)

  • 2001 Coche-Dury Meursault 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault

    (3/27/2011)

    Big nose of butter and minerals with a distinct cordite. Perhaps a little bit of premox, so not as intense but still nice.

    At Union League with Clive, Bob et al.

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  • 2000 Coche-Dury Meursault 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault

    (3/27/2011)

    Lighter nose than the 2001 with same distinct cordite. Much better in the mouth, clean elegant and powerful. Ana amazing village wine.

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Flight 2 (4 Notes)

Flight 3 (4 Notes)

Flight 4 (4 Notes)

Flight 5 (5 Notes)

Flight 6 (2 Notes)

  • 2003 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne 93 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

    (3/27/2011)

    For an off year, this wine was exuberant, not typically Coche, but very nice, rich in your face and enjoyable

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  • 2002 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne 96 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

    (3/27/2011)

    Precise, steely, great minerality, rich. This is still tight but you can clearly see its greatness.

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Flight 7 (3 Notes)

  • 1999 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 98 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

    (3/27/2011)

    Clive believed this was a 20/20 or 100/100. It was a knockout, powerful, delicious, Beze ithat could masquerade as Chambertin, wild and rich, with the kick from 1999 that i love. However it is still very tight so not quite possible for me to go higher in score.

    This was mislabeled as Chambertin on the program with the next wine being a Beze. This was a much better glass. The other was a 94, not nearly as ready. Oddly, they both ended up being Beze, bth 99s but the first was a Wildman import and the second from the Domaine. Drink in 2014 or give an hour in the decanter.

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  • 1999 Domaine Leroy Richebourg 96 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru

    (3/27/2011)

    Totally close when opened. After 15 minutes it came alive with teh rich, Leroy signature bursting from the glass, but the terroir of Richebourg was clearly represented. it just kept getting better and better in the glass.

    I had this same bottle in December in a tasting with smaller portions and the wine never materialized. it has put me off tastings where the bottle is split between 20. When the number is 12 or less the wine has a chance to show itself. The DRCs and Leroys in this tasting showed much better than the one we did with Alan Meadows and I believe it was the size of the pour. Drink 2015 or give an hour of air if sooner.

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  • 1999 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Richebourg 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru

    (3/27/2011)

    Much closer to ready today. Rich and concentrated but over-extracted and oaky for me.

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Flight 8 (5 Notes)

  • 1996 Domaine Anne Gros Richebourg 93 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru

    (3/27/2011)

    Light nose with a distinct citrusy note that threw all of us off.

    On the attack it was very bright, definitely pink grapefruit going on here. This is a very nice wine but I was on the fence although it grew on me over time.

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  • 1996 Domaine Leroy Romanée St. Vivant 95 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru

    (3/27/2011)

    Gorgeous wine. Still tight with strong signature. if you are not a Leroy fan, you will not like, but if you are its a pleasure and should be ready by 2013

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  • 1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant 95 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru

    (3/27/2011)

    Nose was lighter with a hint of vanilla. Big tannins still overwhelming wht will be big, rich, intense wine but like many pre 1999 DRC RSV's seems closer to the Richebourg than a RSV. Most of the crowd like this more than me.

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  • 1993 Joseph Drouhin Romanée St. Vivant 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru

    (3/27/2011)

    Definitely licorice going on here without the elegance typically found in RSVs

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  • 1993 Domaine Jean Gros Richebourg 97 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru

    (3/27/2011)

    Delicious, well balanced although the acids typical of 93s are still strong here. This is beautiful now but not at its peak yet.

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Flight 9 (4 Notes)

Flight 10 (4 Notes)

We finished with a terrific 1983 Hospice de Beaune Meurseault Perrieres from Bernard de Bussier that i thought was buttery, gorgeous, fresh and powerful. some thought it too sauterne like, but I did not see that at all

Closing

This was a great two nights made even better by the format which gave us time with the wines to discuss as a group before the food came and by the addition of many had picked imported raw cheeses. The wines, the company and the food were al superb.

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