Birthday Celebration

Custom House Tavern - Chicago IL
Tasted Thursday, July 26, 2012 by Burgundy Al with 235 views

Introduction

Casual dinner of great wines to celebrate Paul Bortin's birthday. It's a good thing he was born in 1961, given the number of 61s we opened tonight.

I think most people agreed on the top three wines tonight (Jadot 1999 Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles, DRC 2007 Echezeaux and Fontanafredda 1961 Barolo), but we didn't necessarily agree on the order.

Flight 1 - White Burgundy (3 Notes)

Flight 2 - Echezeaux (3 Notes)

  • 2007 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Echezeaux 93 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru

    Great perfume, spice and red fruit to start, showing more maturity than I'd expect from a 2007. Ripe red cherry and strawberry flavors, also reasonably advanced. Great spice to support the fruit, but just modest acidity and tannins coming through. In my opinion, this is entering its peak drinking window already. Best now through 2020.

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  • 2009 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru

    Lots of dense, fresh black fruit aromas accompanied by plenty of toasty wood spice. Massive and backward on palate. Open and decanted for perhaps and hour, this would have benefited from 6 hours...or ten more years in the cellar. Great raw material, fun to try, but impossible to fairly assess.

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  • 1961 Domaine Grivelet Echezeaux 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru

    Alluring old Burg aromas of forest floor, reduced mushroom, lingering dried red fruit and some baking spice. More exciting aromas than flavors, but good earthy character with good textures and some nice surviving structure.

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Flight 3 - Odds and Ends (2 Notes)

Flight 4 - Piedmont (3 Notes)

  • 1961 Fontanafredda Barolo 93 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo

    From the same source as another bottle opened earlier this year, this bottle showed much better, but the prior bottle was opened the day it arrived in Chicago from California. Aromas of rose petal, dried red cherry and earth. same of palate with some licorice as well. Long and well textured.

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  • 1990 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Riserva Santo Stefano Flawed

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco

    Murky and stewy. While i haven't had this wine in several years, I think it either slightly corked or heat damaged, not just showing the character of a very ripe vintage. This had been open 8 or 9 hours, the last 2 in decanter.

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  • 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano 90 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco

    Lots of fresh fruit aromas to start with modest floral and spice elements. Sharp and acidic start on palate making this a bit austere, not necessarily providing lots of pleasure tonight. Black cherry and licorice on finish. Decanted perhaps 2 hours.

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