New York City: Fabio Piccolo Fiore
Tasted Saturday, September 8, 2012 by dbg with 570 views
Patrick did the heavy lifting to organize another of what has become a BWE tradition: an annual fall gathering in New York to review a particular Bordeaux vintage/vintages. We've done 1986, 1989, "lesser" vintages of the '80s, and the decade of the '70s. Work commitments have prevented me from attending the last two reviews, but the confluence of Patrick and Ian's return to NY and the opportunity to taste a selection of 1982s motivated me to do whatever it took to get back with this group. And boy was it worth it!
The usual suspects (Patrick, Ian, Jacques & Jill, Ramon, Chris & Marjorie, and Dale) were joined by a couple of Ian's financial world friends to bring our merry band to 11. The venue was a favorite standby for this event: Fabio Piccolo Fiore. We had the front room by the window, as usual, and the food and service, as usual, were fabulous.
Wine of the flight honors went to: L'Evangile, Gruaud Larose, Margaux and Grand Puy Lacoste. The first two were far from unanimous, the last two were unanimous. Margaux won WOTN honors, with L'Evangile and Gruaud Larose very close at 2 and 3. We don't let the Sauuternes compete for WOTN. If we did, the Climens would have given the Margaux a run for it's money.
The end to another great BWE event. I know some shared my take on the wines but there were several alternate opinions as to which showed best. But all agreed that it was an excellent showing for almost all of the wines, without a single dud or corked bottle.