Tasted Friday, July 7, 2006 by Dave Dalluge with 920 views
Seven of us gathered and Jeff and Marya Samuelson's house for a great dinner and some nice wines. In attendance were Jeff and Marya Samuelson, Brad and Diane England, Dave and Desiree Dalluge, and Scott Manlin. The Samuelson's were world-class hosts, and really outdid themselves on the food. The lobster dish is the single best lobster dish I have ever had, and the truffled potatoes and fillet were a great complement to all the Bordeaux.
I didn't post a note in CellarTracker on the 1959 Trapet Chambertin Clos de Beze. This bottle was hand-carried from France last weekend by Jeff. It was obviously reconditioned recently, as the label, foil, and cork looked brand new. You would never guess this wine was almost 50 years old. The color was a medium red with no obvious signs of bricking. The nose showed soft black fruit. The wine was medium bodied and mouth coating on the palate. It is balanced and pleasant, but a bit simple. Thanks for sharing this Jeff. It was both educational and a pleasure to taste.
All of the wines showed very well. One interesting observation is how well all of the 1985s are drinking right now. Brad is a big promoter of the 85s, and this (and previous tastings) confirms that he is right on with this assessment. My vote for wine of the night comes down to three wines: 1990 Meo-Camuzet, 1985 Lafleur, and 1985 Haut Brion. If forced to choose I would say the 1985 Haut Brion was the most complete and thrilling wine
Thanks to all in attendance for making this such a wonderful evening.