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Red

1972 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
Another mystery wine came out, and its nose was roasted and hearty yet seductive. While feminine, graceful and elegant, the wine was still forceful. Suss picked up on bell pepper and Ray olive in this outstanding 1972 Chave Hermitage 95 points
Red

1966 Domaine Clair-Daü Chambertin-Clos de Bèze

Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
One of the wines of the night was courtesy of The Don, upstairs sipping on some 1966 Clair-Dau Chambertin Clos de Beze. All I can tell you is that it was fantastic 96 points
White

1996 Coche-Dury Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
Also, there was some 1996 Coche-Dury Meursault Perrieres. 1996 is an extraordinary year for this already extraordinary winemaker, and the 96 Perrieres was absolutely singing on this night, full of flavor and acidity yet balanced and delicious in that smoky Coche way 96 points
Red

1979 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Speciale

Nebbiolo more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
It had a fabulous nose, make that incredible and was clearly wine of the flight, although there wasnt much competition. Leather, spice, tar and dried black roses graced its spiny nose. Long, balanced and still with lots of life, this 1979 G. Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva was a stunning glass of wine 95 points
White

1996 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
The Don happened to be upstairs, and I grabbed swallows of a 1996 Dauvissat Chablis La Forest, which was clean, tasty, pure and delicious. I do love a good Chablis 93 points
Red

1978 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
The 1978 Dujac Clos de la Roche, one of the wines of the vintage, was still excellent yet less than its finest examples. Full of olives and a touch of gas, there were also lots of garden and vegetable aromas: carrots with the ranch dip, tomato, green pepper&it was big-time green pepper and pungent both in the nose and on the palate. Rich, smooth and with great texture, the Dujac made a nice recovery on its balanced palate. Suss noted toasted sesame seeds (94). It should be a 98 or 99 point wine, though, but I think this was bottle variation more than an affected bottle. 94 points
Red

1972 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis

Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
A 1972 Dujac Clos St. Denis was not. Babys bottom was the first thing to jump out of the nose, along with tomato, rust, lemon and benevolent oak. It tasted like a Bloody Mary, a dead ringer for the Sunday brunch tasting group. Suss also picked up on tomato and soy sauce in this pleasing 72, which had good acidity still 93 points
Red

1971 Camille Giroud Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
The 1971 Giroud Bonnes Mares had a weird, peanut butter nose, and so did the palate. There was great structure to its big and long palate, and band-aid on its finish. This seemed to be very atypical Burgundy 91 points
Red

1979 Gros Frère et Sœur Richebourg

Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
The first red had cotton candy in its nose per Peter, and I found this distinct green apple sour to it as well. Rob noted the sweetness of Richebourg, and it was cherry juice city. Very modern and candied, it had that Gros Frere style and indeed was the 1979 Gros Frere et Soeur Richebourg. It had a chalky finish and some t n a to it 90 points
Red

1971 Domaine Jacques Prieur Musigny

Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
The 1971 Prieur Musigny had a brown sugared, 1959-like nose. Earthy and big, the palate was brown sugary and oaty. Balanced and pretty tasty, it was good but seemed mature for a 71 92 points
White - Sparkling

1973 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

Champagne Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
We started with a couple of bottles of 1973 Krug, original not Collection bottlings. Although one bottle was a touch more mature than the other, the fresher bottle had a nice nose of mature honey, dust, wheat, light white chocolate and touches of yeast and dirt. Round, smooth, honeyed and tender, the palate delivered more of a wine-like experience, although it still possessed a pinch of petillance. It got meatier in the nose with air, and its nice citric edges and white chocolate flavors made it easy to drink, but it seemed a bit more mature than it should have been, which was probably the bottle. It wasnt a bad bottle and was perfectly enjoyable, but probably not a perfect one either 92 points
White - Sparkling

1979 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

Champagne Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
The second bubbly was very aromatic with this floral, acacia-like exotic honey, the type of honey that Carmine would break out at Celeste, one that was made in a certain way at a certain time and only go with a certain cheese. Im talking exotic here. Some all-bran graced the nose as well. The flavors were pungent, big, rocky and tangy with a wildflower kink. Its big, full-bodied style was full of gamy flavors. Its acidity was a bit more mellow than I expected, not exactly soft, but the Champagne seemed to be on a plateau, but a plateau that it will be on for a while. It had that delicious, wine-like edge to its citrus, vanilla and wheat flavors. 94 points
White - Sparkling

1973 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Collection

Champagne Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
Somehow, I had a swallow of 1973 Krug Collection (93). 93 points
White

1978 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
Roger pulled another amazing old Leflaive out of his cellar as he did at La Paulee, this time it being a 1978 Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet. Its nose was Five Alive, aka big-time fruit basket. There was also a stick of butter and an exotic pinch of almost Worcestershire to this smoky wine. Its palate was rich, meaty and buttery, full of exotic garden flavors and possessing great balance. Ray found it milky and smoky, while another found it briny 94 points
White

1973 Maison Leroy Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
A trio of whites comprised the next flight, and we began with the 1973 Leroy Meursault Charmes. It had that waxy, fresh, straight from the Leroy cellar nose. I felt like I could have cleaned the table with it as it smelled like anise wax indoor cleaner. The palate was soft and easy with a touch of yeast and citrus, coconut as Peter observed, and a touch woodsy on its finish. Uh oh, some angriness crept out from King Angry himself. Ray huffed, theres no way this is 34 years old. He said it, not me, but it is tough to be an experienced wine taster and not agree; these cellar wines have to be at least reconditioned. The wine was still pleasant and enjoyable 90 points
Red

1971 Marey-Monge (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti) Romanée St. Vivant

Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
The 1971 DRC Romanee St. Vivant was very big yet very square, chunky and with lots of acidity and DRC indicators, yet overall a rusty brick of a wine 90 points
White

1978 Marquis de Laguiche (Joseph Drouhin) Montrachet

Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
The 1978 Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche was gorgeous, very fresh, dusty and intense in its long and smoky nose. There was this dried BBQ jerky exotic edge here. Earth, smoke and waterfall rounded out the nose, although Suss was lost in the forest and its woodsy nature. Its austerity was distinguished, and there was this splash of Worcestershire and tobasco on its finish, probably the same woodsiness that Suss was referring to, although who knows what was happening under the table over there 95 points
Red

1978 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
The 1978 Ponsot Clos de la Roche was not the Vieilles Vignes; I am not sure they even made one in 1978 strangely enough. Anyway, the Ponsot had a gamy, olivy nose with lots of stiff tannins, soy and marinated meat aromas. The palate was spicy and spiny with lots of citric twists, olives and game. Menthol flavors were on its finish, and the wine was flirting with outstanding and ultimately got there. Gamy, spiny and long, the Ponsot also had teriyaki beef flavors per Suss 95 points
Red

1976 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées

Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
A 1976 Pousse dOr Volnay Clos des 60 Ouvrees was corked
White - Sparkling

1979 Alain Robert Champagne Blanc de Blancs Reserve Le Mesnil

Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
A blind trio of 1979 Champagnes was the official first flight courtesy of Bad Boy Bruce, a living testament to the fact that rock n roll will never die. We sat down to the first bubbly, which had a kinky nose with a waxy, pungent, dried apricot fruit aroma. There was also mahogany and lemon pledge in the nose as well, and a bit of maturity crept in quickly. Ray immediately found it a bit off. It did have iodine, as Gorky noted. Ray preferred to call it gym socks, and he wasnt being complimentary. There were flavors of earth and milk chocolate, but this bubbly got dirtier and dirtier in the glass and fell apart quickly, a bit stinky as someone remarked after a few minutes. It was the 1979 Alain Robert Le Mesnil. Since I had a crummy bottle of this in Chicago as well, please, no one serve me this sucker again 85 points
White - Sparkling

1928 Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Vintage

Champagne Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
It was another intermezzo, this time a 1928 Louis Roederer Brut. Caramel and glue, Gorky observed. Asian plum wine was anothers observations. Wine-like, old and intense, this was another regular Roederer Brut that showed spectacularly 96 points
White - Sparkling

1966 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
We needed a palate cleanser, and it was a spectacular one, a 1966 Louis Roederer Cristal. Caramel oozed out of the glass like Scarlett Johansson out of a limousine. Ray took my daydream away from me with brittle, more burnt, cooked caramel, and I immediately saw his four best high school buddies getting out of the limo after her. Bruce gushed, the best vintage of the best decade in Champagne. Bread crusts, honey, orange rind and hazelnut (Pat) resulted in an orgy of aromas. It was pure vanilla sex going down the hatch, and it was so good it caused Big Boy to ramble about the 1911 and 28 Pol Roger for about ten minutes. It was a short speech by the usual standards 97 points
White - Sparkling

1979 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut

Champagne Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
The third Champagne in this starter flight was incredibly fresh and pungent with fantastic anise, bread and cream aromas. By far the freshest of the trio, there were still loads of acidity here; this was an infant next to the first two. Its flavors were taut and lemony; its finish stony and its acidity longer than a day with the in-laws. Bruce gleefully hailed the 1979 Louis Roederer Cristal as Champagne of the vintage. It was tough to argue 96 points
Red

1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
A quartet of 1971 DRCs was next, beginning with a delicious 1971 DRC Echezeaux. It had a great nose of classic DRC rose, leather, menthol, garden and iron. It got a little woody without crossing the line, and the palate was of similar character 93 points
Red

1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
2007 Angriness Uncorked (5/6/2007)
The 1971 DRC La Tache was another one of those magical 71 LTs. It had been a while for me; after having about half of a magical case that Cru once owned, there had been a few tough luck 71 LTs for me, never achieving the same magical heights as before. Well thanks to Big Boy, we were back in the saddle of this Burgundy stallion. Serious and ridiculous came from the overjoyed crowd. The beef, the menthol, the tar, the leather, the citrus, the huge lingering acidity&the 1971 La Tache. It is a wine more timeless than Roger Clemens in that it can still bring the heat 98 points
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