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1978 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
which was at last year's event and showed spectacularly, gave an encore performance worthy of many 'Bravos!' It had an amazing nose with great depth. Its black cherry fruit was perfectly balanced by the vigor of its cedar, earth and t 'n a. Its power on the palate was only matched briefly by the Charmes, but the Clos de la Roche had a level of silk and finesse unmatched by any other wine in this flight. I think I gave this wine 98 points last year. Chalk the one less point to the Romanee Contis 97 points
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1945 Château Lafleur

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
The second wine of this already incredible flight took it a notch higher, if you can imagine. The nose was much meatier and super rich with lots of cola, plum, mineral, straw, mocha, coffee (I guess make it a mochachino) aromas, and I immediately guessed 1947 as it reminded me of the great Petrus I had had at the Top 100 event. The wine was also incredibly smooth, smoother than a baby’s bottom. There was more depth to the nose and more minerals to the palate than wine #1 in this flight, and someone joked that this ‘doesn’t suck.’ Someone picked up a little mint which I saw, which another felt was more ‘basil.’ Some black olive crept into the party. Both wines were so polished and smooth, although the second had more lushness and meat to its fruit and kept expanding on the finish. It was the 1945 Lafleur, to which our fearless leader commented that it was his favorite Bordeaux vintage in general since 1899 98 points
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1949 Château Lafleur

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
From here on out every wine was served out of magnum, much to the glee of the thirsty, short-pour haters in attendance. Flight number three signified Pomerol territory for me. The first wine (of two again) had a serious nose, full of brooding t ‘n a, fabulous minerals, chocolate and fig fruit – pure, plummy, Pomerol sex in a glass. Someone likened it to ‘Halle Berry – mocha madness.’ The palate had a leathery, rusty edge, with ‘a lot of grip,’ another concurred. The palate was a little shy and needed some coaxing to reveal a stony, ice creamy sweetness. The nose maintained outstanding poise, the tannins were tremendous, and the wine was super smooth, incredibly delicate and fine. Lots of guesses flew around, including 1961, 1959, Petrus, etc., but the wine was 96 points
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1955 Château Lafleur

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
was stunning. The concentration of fruit was amazing, 'buttery' as Mike noted, along with toffee, plum and raisin aromas. The wine was super thick in the nose with that kinky Lafleur spice in the center of its grapy, cherry, chocolaty, pruny and thick fruit. There was gingerbread without the ginger, ash and bloody meat as well. The concentration, power, mass and weight were unbelievable, and the plum, raisin, prune and butter flavors were more than great. It was one of those wines that you never ever forget 99 points
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1961 Château Lafleur

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
Pomerol fruit with the plum, game, motor oil and Sambuca. The wine was thick, meaty and just plain awesome. The palate was massive with thick, rich and heavy fruit and lots of minerals and length. The wine was incredible, but this bottle had a shred less fruit than two previous 99-pointers, so it had to settle for a mere 98 points 98 points
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1921 Château Latour à Pomerol

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
Being the Burgundian that he is, my friend awoke from his Pomerol slumber to give us 'big knockers,' or perhaps he was daydreaming of Musigny and noticed a woman outside. The third wine in this spectacular flight had a musky and smoky nose, more plummy than grapy, but still very concentrated in its fruit. I was stunned when it was revealed it was a Pomerol, as based on the fact that the first wine was a bit off and the second and third were so gravelly, I thought we had a La Mission and Haut Brion tango happening. See, one never stops learning as long as one keeps drinking. Kinky, sappy, long, smooth and a good yeasty, this 1921 Latour a Pomerol was still very fresh and with nice vigor still, absolutely delicious and 'spectacular.' It kept growing on me, 'spectacular' was echoed again along with 'phenomenal' by another 97 points
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1950 Château Latour à Pomerol

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
was incredible, garnering the attention and affection of Ray, a tough man to please, who gave it 99+. The nose was incredible, consistent with the bottle we had way back in April six months prior. It was meaty and kinky with that triple threat of plum, mocha and minerals that only Pomerol can produce. The wine was so rich and lush, or as it was put, ‘a hussy.’ The wine had a great nose, great attack and a great finish; hence, it was great 97 points
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1961 Château Latour à Pomerol

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
lived up to its reputation on this day. ‘Wow’ started off my note again. The wine was so sweet and thick in the nose, it reminded me of Amarone with its raisins and chocolate. There was a glorious depth of perfume and such sexy aromatics that time seemed to stop while one’s nose was in the glass. The palate held up to the nose 99 points
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1945 Château Mouton Rothschild

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
was the grand finale. Even though this, too, was a reconditioned bottle, it was a Nicolas one and many people's favorite wine of the night. Rich, succulent and delicious, the wine was great. As you can tell, after 19 other wines, I was a bit out of gas, so I guess I will explain why the reconditioning done at Nicolas is far superior to most. First, the cellars of Nicolas were kept around forty degrees (some say 38), delaying the maturation process significantly. Second, they reconditioned their bottles using the same vintage as opposed to topping the wine off with younger wine. Third, whatever methodologies they used were excellent and allowed the wines to maintain their original personalities, or maybe that was just the fact they used wine from the same vintage, but I'd like to think that the methodology had something to do with it 97 points
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1947 Château Mouton Rothschild

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
and this magnum showed why. I had an incredible bottle of this wine two weeks prior in Los Angeles, and this magnum was a step up from that. It was amazing; razor sharp, chunky, meaty and sweet with that minty edge and 200mph 99 points
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1953 Château Mouton Rothschild

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
was no slouch either, massive and edgy with maple characteristics but a touch more noticeable oak 95 points
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1959 Château Mouton Rothschild

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
which Mike called the best ever, was the kind of wine you could taste forever. It was the most classic, long and heavy yet with laser-like precision 98 points
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1945 Pétrus

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
I wrote 'gorgeous' three times in the course of my notes. Its nose was exotic, chocolaty and smooth with an underlying pinch of minerals and smoke. The palate was rich and long, spicy and big with flavors of tobacco, slate and chocolate. Superlatives like 'phenomenal, classy, and unadulterated' rounded out my notes&.those and its long, long finish, that is. It was a fitting end to another magical weekend 98 points
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1947 Pétrus

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
was superlative, a ‘classic.’ The wine was beautiful with incredible breed and aromas of mocha, plum, cassis and bread crusts. The mouth feel was superrich and velvety, and the flavors were full of sugarplums, vanilla, olives and earth. It was Pomerol bliss, and the length and balance were near-perfect 99+ points
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1952 Pétrus

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
The '52 had great pinch in the nose and the most spine of the flight. Chocolaty, plummy and stony, it was also decadently creamy. It had a rich palate, super long and with great acidity, a plummy richness and kisses of brick and cedar. It was flat out beautiful and my favorite of the flight. Someone remarked that it did not have the concentration of the 1950, but it didn't have to 97 points
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1955 Pétrus

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
The nose was a bit shy but still full of the Pomerol plum, earth and mineral as well as the breed of Petrus. Mike noted the 'inky trail' that the wine left, and the fruit was incredibly sweet, subtle yet gorgeous. The palate had much more strength and was sturdy with great mineral, earth, chalk and slate flavors, all balanced by its plummy and chocolaty fruit. 'The finish on the Petrus is better,' Mike observed, but Rob countered that 'everything on the Lafleur is better than the Petrus,' as he was ahead of the curve (as always), just like he is when it comes to the streets of New York. The Petrus was still extraordinary with the breed of a king and more flavors than Baskin Robbins 97 points
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1961 Pétrus

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
followed out of magnum and actually had the best structure components in the nose of the three Pomerols so far, perhaps the magnum factor. There was lots of anise and tannin present, with great plum, mocha, mineral, alcohol and earth. Tight out of magnum, it was powerful, restrained and still opening up, almost ready for college 98+ points
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1962 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
had the tell tale Clos de la Roche chocolate in its rich and meaty nose. Exotic and aromatic, it had a meat dripping in oil quality and a firm edge in its nose of slate, nut and chocolate blending together. Rich, long and tasty, there was just a pinch of minerals. Coffee, earth and wild herbs rounded out this complex wine 95 points
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1962 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
was the wine of the flight, as practice followed theory in this example. Its nose was richer, thicker and broader than the previous two, and its nose was a symphony of meat, rose garden and Worcestershire. Its palate was meaty and oily, and its acidity really stood out after some food. It was a real crowd pleaser 97 points
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1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
one of my all-time favorite wines. The nose was incredibly young out of three-liter, so much so that I might have guessed 1990 or 1993 if served blind! It was wound without the t .n a part of being wound. The fruit was dark, deep and dank with aromas of vitamins, leather, iron, earth, Asian spice and menthol. The palate was full of peppermint, rose, minerals and slate. The wine was so smooth and polished, with incredible amounts in reserve, most likely that three-liter factor. The spice on the palate was awesome, and the wine got more and more exotic and pronounced. The 1971 La Tache was incredible again, delivering as always 98 points
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1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
had an incredibly complex nose as the wines continued to build in dramatic fashion. Rose, earth, leather, stems and tobacco were all present. Its palate was long, and there were nice flavors of earth and leather, but what really set this wine apart was its extraordinary acidity and how the wine kept gaining in the glass 96+ points
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1923 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti

Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
had an amazing nose that was incredibly musky and rich and about as sexy as something 82 years old could be. It was unbelievably great, '6 star wine.' It had so much fruit to it still, yet it was also elegant, reserved, balanced and amazingly pure. Spice, dust, minerals and a youthful acidity all remained in the nose. Its palate was rich, long and pure, still possessing spice and vim. Delicious, smooth and round, the 1923 had a kick of cedar on its finish, and its acids held well 97 points
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1937 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti

Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
was a tale of two bottles, and even though I initially had the lesser of the two, I will start with the better of the two, which I was fortunate enough to finagle. The blue bottle was consistent with the 1923 with its rich nose full of beef, leather, spice, earth and a pinch of citric tang. Its palate was even sweeter than the '23 despite the fact that 1923 was a warmer and riper vintage. Brian remarked that 1937 was 'a tannic year,' which seemed to prove true on the palate, which was much more tannic and vigorous on its finish. Its acidity was stronger as well, and it was a stunning wine ( 98 points
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1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti

Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
lived up to the claim of being the 'best wine that I ever had.' 'WOW,' started my notes, 'AMAZING AGAIN!' Both the 1923 and the 1945 were warm and ripe vintages, and the 1945 even took the intensity of the tannic 1937 up a notch; there was more meat, more earth, more leather, more soy...more everything. The palate was unbelievably long, lingering like what I would imagine to be a multiple orgasm. Beefy, rich, intense and hearty, the 1945 Romanee Conti is still the best wine that I have ever had 99+ points
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1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti

Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
was more forward and meaty than the Rousseau, with more edges of old book and some boullion in there with a saucy, leathery, kinky edge. It was very exotic with its garden and earth, sweet steak sauce and fresh snapped green beans. Smooth yet intense, long and divine, simply spectacular - the '45 RC had it all again 99 points
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