One Market Restaurant, San Francisco, CA
Tasted Sunday, January 17, 2010 by Richard Jennings with 1,282 views
This is always an enjoyable event. The Bartons and the Cazes are frequent attendees, but this was the first year that Montrose was represented. The food at One Market was also particularly good this year.
As usual we started with the newest releases. I was favorably impressed by these '07s. They are not overoaked fruit bombs--they are refined and elegant, with good balance. The Montrose was my favorite of the '07s, followed by the Lynch-Bages, which I think is the best Lynch-Bages since the '00. The Leoville Barton was the tightest of the '07s, while the Tronquoy-Lalande and Langoa Barton were probably the best for drinking now.
For our first course at dinner, we were served the '07 Lynch-Bages Blanc, which was absolutely delicious on its own, and a great pairing with our lovely Dungeness crab dish. I will definitely be buying this wine, and I don't collect very much white Bordeaux these days. It was fun to be drinking this at our table with Jean-Charles Cazes, who is currently running Lynch-Bages. For our main course, we had the '90 Lynch-Bages and Leoville Barton along with the '75 Montrose. The Montrose was in surprisingly good shape for a '75, but definitely faded after 15 minutes or so in the glass. Both the Lynch-Bages and Leoville Barton were excellent. For the cheese course, we had three 2000s--Montrose, Langoa Barton and Lynch-Bages. I hadn't tasted these wines since the first year or so after release, and it was wonderful to see how they are progressing. The 2000 Montrose was my WOTN, closely followed by the Langoa Barton. Jean-Charles also treated our table to the '00 Ormes de Pez.
Jean-Charles, Anthony Barton and Montrose's Technical Director Nicolas Glumineau all spoke during the dinner. Nicolas actually sang, and has a wonderul, deep operatic voice. I got to sit with my buddies Stephen, Al, Davidia, Christianne and Paul, so it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Our guests indicated that their next stops were Denver and Los Angeles, and Jean-Charles was going to be ending up in Naples, FL, for the big annual wine and food event there.