SAG (Blind) Tasting

Chez Weber - Chicago IL
Tasted Friday, September 16, 2011 by Burgundy Al with 371 views

Introduction

Great event. Everything tasted double blind

Flight 1 - Blind Whites (2 Notes)

  • 2002 Marc Colin et Fils Montrachet 96 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru

    Tasted double blind alongside Jadot 2002 Chevalier-Montrachet les Demoiselles, but these were so obviously white Burgundy. Aromas of ripe white stone fruit that is completely dominated by incredible floral aromatics, with really lovely mint and freshly cut grass. Palate was more dense, focusing on ripe peach and apricot that seemed subdued and elegant to start, but picked up intensity toward the long finish.

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  • 2002 Louis Jadot Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot 94 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

    Tasted double blind alongside Marc Colin 2002 Montrachet, but these were so obviously white Burgundy. Ripe lush fruit from the start on the nose with incredible spice and density. Same fruit profile continues on to the palate with incredibly alluring, slutty spice and concentration. Long spicy finish.

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Flight 2 - Starting Structured Red Double Blind Flights (2 Notes)

  • 1985 Penfolds Grange 94 Points

    Australia, South Australia

    Tasted double blind alongside Chave 1985. Rich black fruit with abundance of spice. Layers of flavors, each integrated and balanced. Incredibly charming wine tonight.

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  • 1985 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 90 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage

    Tasted double blind alongside Grange 1985. Muted black fruit on nose with simple spice profile, then much the same on palate with lots of funky mushroom character. Very tannic from middle through finish. Very hard to identify as Northern Rhone.

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Flight 3 (2 Notes)

  • 1982 Penfolds Grange 93 Points

    Australia, South Australia

    Tasted double blind alongside Jaboulet 1982 Hermitage la Chapelle. Spicy and dense on nose, with telltale eucalyptus. Same dense fruit on palate also with great spice, also incredible balance. Rich and fruit driven finish.

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  • 1982 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle 89 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage

    Tasted double blind alongside Grange 1982. Nose was mostly leather and horse-like, so I should have been able to identify this wine from those telltale signs. Fruit was somewhat lean and angular to me. I wasn't a fan of this, but I'm not often a fan of Jaboulet la Chapelle. Others liked this far more than I did.

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Flight 4 (3 Notes)

  • 1978 Henschke Shiraz Hill of Grace 93 Points

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Eden Valley

    Tasted double blind alongside Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde. Dense and spicy fruit from first aromas through finish. Really amazingly vibrant and energetic for its age. For the most part, this showed great Northern Rhone character, but with just a trace of heat on finish.

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  • 1978 M. Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne Flawed

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage

    DOA.

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  • 1978 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde 94 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie

    Tasted double blind alongside Henschke 1978 Hill of Grace. Popped and poured as a replacement for the dead bottle of Chapoutier 1978 Hermitage la Sizeranne. Sensational spice on the nose, with big lush fruit that continued seamlessly on to the palate.Great texture and lots of dimension to this. Even better than another recent bottle from same cellar.

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Flight 5 (3 Notes)

Flight 6 (2 Notes)

Flight 7 - Then All Hell Breaks Loose (5 Notes)

  • 1986 Maison Leroy Ruchottes-Chambertin 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru

    Open one hour before serving. Black fruit and cooked mushrooms on nose. Same flavors of black cherry and blackberry come through on palate with austere, meaty spice, balanced with modest sous bois (given its age). Lots of tannins and acidity that I found to really be balanced now without any concern for falling apart or deteriorating. Not super complicated or nuanced but still showing really good fruit, particularly for a 1986.

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  • 1988 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru Santenots-Du-Milieu 86 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru

    Tasted blind. Big dense and tannic. Didn't show particularly "Volnay" to me, not showing really interesting spice. I'm not sure the vintage was generally as successful in Volnay vs. Cote de Nuits based on my limited experience with 1988 Volnay in the past few years.

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  • 1998 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée da Capo 95 Points

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Tasted blind. Massive spice on nose, really exciting. Spice and black fruit on palate, really wonderfully persistent from start to finish. Long and powerful finish. Really impressive tonight.

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  • 1987 Louis Jadot Mazis-Chambertin 85 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru

    Tasted double blind alongside Bass Phillip 1998 Premium Pinot Noir. This was thin and only moderately interesting. clearly past its prime, it still had some hints of interesting spice.

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  • 1998 Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium 94 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Gippsland

    Tasted double blind. incredibly impressive. Obviously Pinot Noir, not only did I think it was from Burgundy, but its density and meaty character took me right to Gevrey-Chambertin, thinking perhaps a top 2001 1er, perhaps Fourrier. Oops. This is the 2nd or 3rd time Chris has tried to fool me with this wine, and this time he really succeeded.

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