Super Bowl 2013

Cumming, GA
Tasted Sunday, February 3, 2013 by Rezy13 with 259 views

Introduction

Annual mondo double blind tasting suggesting entry of $150+.

Flight 1 (7 Notes)

Interesting start to the evening.

  • 1990 Château La Conseillante 96 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Cloudy, reddish-brown tint; Cigarbox, initially thought it had lost fruit, but digging further it had it in spades, tart cranberry and blueberry, sweet liqueur, gravel, ash; palate is syrupy and fat like a ripe vintage, but acid showed well; in a great place right now. Reminded me of '90 Cheval Blanc (it's neighbor 2 doors down the block).

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  • 2009 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Corton-Perrières 95 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru

    Ruby all the way through; cool pinot fruit, smoke, berry fruit both red and blue that is slightly candied; incredible purity, good tannic wrap, sexy fruit on the palate; a wine of subtle power, excellent balance, and sheer elegance.

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  • 2001 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins 93 Points

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

    Red core with bricking at edge; almost pure grenache I'm sure, sweetness, spiciness, and some bitterness make for a very balanced and interesting wine. Taut structure, cranberry fruit, red radish, rhubarb, and a slight green note. Having had a few other Celestins I was surprised how clean, slightly boring, and it seemed older.

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  • 2003 Château Cap de Faugères 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Inky; oak still prominent, really ripe almost overripe, black licorice, sappy texture, alcohol showing through, blackberry, dark cherry, and firm blueberry. Good fruit and some vanilla. The ringer. I feel this showed well...even though nobody had a clue what it was.

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  • 1994 Château Angélus 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Dark core with 1/2" bricking; youthful, raw meat nose, tobacco, ash, tart berry; luxurious mouthfeel, hinting at a sandy soil, sexy and toned. By far the best example of this bottle. I even thought it could improve with some bottle age where other bottles were very ready.

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  • 1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 97 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Wow! The nose on this was amazing. It hits you like a freight train of sheer power and 1st Growth quality. Rich fruit, iron, blood, cigar box, mahogony, earth, stank, and leather. I just wanted to smell this all day long. Also a rich wine on the palate with fruit, chocolate, and a little green note. I thought this was Latour. Others thought Mouton. A great bottle for sure. Won the tasting ('82 won last year).

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  • 1988 Domaine Louis Trapet Latricières-Chambertin 91 Points

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

    Little color change to the light red color, looks aged; sweet, ripe, red fruit on the nose along with some rhubarb and raddish; still rich yet delicate, very nice; nearing the end of its drinking plateau, reminded me more of a Burgundian Chateauneuf ('89 Centenaire) than a Burg due to the weight and fruit profile.

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Flight 2 (5 Notes)

We took a break for dinner which was really delicious and came back refreshed ready to drink more.

  • 1997 Antinori Solaia Toscana IGT 93 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT

    Dark core with 1/2" of bricking; spicy, Bordeaux nose, dark fruit, tangy berry, rich and voluptuous nose; still very tannic, extracted, fleshy, sandy soil notes, juicy and young. Must have missed the subtle Italian nuances because I was pegging this for 2000 Figeac.

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  • 1990 Château Montrose 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Cloudy and a dark core with 1/2" bricking; sandy, rich, fat, sexy, sweet, soy; some tart fruit on the palate, cranberry, pomegranate, red currant, along with mushrooms and forest floor. I like it, but to me this was not a complete wine. It lacked a little balance as it was very fat. Prior bottle was much better and everyone was disappointed with the showing today.

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  • 1986 Château Montrose Flawed

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Corked.

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  • 1990 Château Haut-Brion 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Translucent color; cedar, sandy, red fruit, red flowers, ash; tobacco is long on the finish, tannin lingers but not tannic, tails off on the finish. Palate lackes, but the nose is great. Thought it was '88 La Mission Haut Brion. Everyone was shocked when it was revealed. Another disappointing showing for a historically great bottle after the '90 Montrose. Bummer.

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  • 1995 Château Trotanoy 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Lighter red in color than other Bordeaux that evening, 1/4" bricking; pretty nose of floral red fruit; tart cherry pit on the palate, rich, long finish of red licorice, a little heat that could have been toned down by a little more chill, ashy, sexy and seductive even though the tannins are still kicking hard, sweet and slightly bitter finish for balance. Not ready yet in my opinion.

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Flight 3 (3 Notes)

These were backup bottles that some wanted to open. My Marcoux was trash.

Flight 4 (2 Notes)

Nothing like a little dessert at the end of things. Nice to see these as most are not fans of sweet wines at all.

Closing

Some interesting wines tonight. Glad we had a few more Burgs, but as usual, Bordeaux controlled the evening. You have so much Bordeaux you start thinking Solaia could be Bordeaux.

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