Tasted Wednesday, July 20, 2011 by dcwino with 308 views
Greg O’s lovely wife Amy and the kids were out of town at the beach. Greg kindly invited a few of us for an impromptu gathering. For me, it was a really fun evening that was also very educational.
We started with a semi sweet Vouvray from the 89 vintage. Starting to show a hint of wet stone/socks. Remarkably young but straightforward. A good summer quaffer
It was masterfully grilled by Greg but according to Greg, the worst quality of Balducci’s hanger he got.
The mini horizontal was extremely education. There is a big discussion over the validity of EP tasting. IMHO, there is very little variation in quality from EP to bottling hence the EP assessment is quite accurate.
However this mini vertical reminded me that the impressive concentration, lush texture and sweet fruit at EP are not the true indicators of how the wine will age/show with 10+ years of cellaring. It is clear to me that the 98 Troplong Mondot would have been more impressive wine deserving higher rating during the EP. However at 10+ years, the 98 Pichon Lalande is a classic delightful claret that uplifts the palate where the 98 Troplong Mondot although impressive seems heavy in comparison, especially with food. This is clearly based my personal preference.
The 59 Rauzan Gassies show me the importance of perfect provenance.
We often complain about the absurdity of the 10 EP pricing but there are some delicious affordable clarets still out there. Also, IMO Port, Piedmont and Tuscan wines represent the best QPR if one is looking for the high quality old world wines. If you have not tried the 03 Taylor, you owe to yourself to get a 375.
I thank Greg for his hospitality. It was a fun relaxing evening!