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Red

2000 Château La Conseillante

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
Rich and decadent, it had chewy and dense plummy fruit, chocolate and a roasted bacon edge that redefined ‘kinky.’ It was mouth-filling and lush, flirting with 5-star territory 94+ points
Red

1964 Faiveley Latricières-Chambertin

Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
I had had a great bottle of this courtesy of Bruce at La Paulee two years ago and was looking forward to a reunion. The wine still had great aromatics of sweet, musky brown sugared fruit and old book ends, complemented by lots of earth. The wine was much softer and less intense in the mouth than the bottle two years ago, and I couldn’t help but wonder if two years made such a difference at this age or whether it was just bottle variation. I concluded it was normal bottle variation as this bottle was indubitably sound and aromatically complex, but its soft palate had less character than I remembered or than the nose was leading me to believe. That is one of the random factors that makes drinking older wines so exhilarating yet also aggravating 90 points
Red

1993 Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin

Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
The Faiveley was much more elegant than the Leroy, almost too much so. There was a bit of must that didn’t blow off. It had some positive attributes of the vintage in its personality, but I found it too light, and its must made it all the more difficult to enjoy. Delicate and seemingly fully mature, this bottle was not a perfect one, but I am not sure that a perfect one would be something I would go out of my way to get, either 89A? points
Red

2005 George Wine Company Pinot Noir Martinelli Nuptial Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

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, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
California held its own amongst its Burgundian brethren on this afternoon, as the George had tasty and classy fruit, beefy and rich with its bouillon and dark fruit flavors. It was a nice aftermath to the sweeter Mugnier, although the George was softer and more delicate in the mouth 90 points
Red

1999 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
The first wine was on the beefy and full-bodied side with a lot of earth and meaty fruit. There was some animal and game to this aggressive Amoureuses, which gained more of a weedy kink to it with time in the glass. It was an excellent wine, rich and spicy, beefy and full of iron flavors. It paired stylistically more with the third wine in the flight as opposed to the second, although the third wine was clearly the class of the flight. The 1999 Groffier Chambolle Musigny ‘Les Amoureuses’ was one of the better showings of a Groffier wine that I have recently had. Groffier can be great but also inconsistent, often suffering from a green and weedy kick that can become too much. That quality was under control here, and I enjoyed its robust and hearty style even if it was an Amoureuses 93 points
White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
This blend of multiple vintages is Krug’s entry level Champagne, but superior to many’s luxury cuvee. It was clean, racy and full, all Krug in its personality and a great way to start any meal 93M points
Red

1998 Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
was another magnum that was purchased at the auction and opened on the spot by Eric the Red Wine Bandit, Angry Man undercover himself. The Lafite was very good but marked by a touch too much wood in my mind, a bit earthy and woody despite excellent balance and texture. It had a long, elegant finish, but its flavor profile bothered me a bit, to be frank. Every time I have this wine I seem to be under-inspired 92 points
Red

1999 Château Lafleur

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
was stunning wine, another testament to great producers making great wines every year. This is a tremendous value in the context of other vintages of Lafleur. Deep and brooding fruit revealed classic plum, chocolate and mineral, not over the top and not shy either. In the mouth, the wine was filling and round, tasty and similar in its flavor profile to its aromas. This turned more than a few mouths at the event 94 points
Red

1985 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru Santenots-Du-Milieu

Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
was very nice, charming as a good Volnay should be with delicate earth wrapped around its velvety fruit. Soft, round and pleasant, it had nice traces of earth and edge to it, still holding on to middle age gracefully 92 points
Red

1991 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru Santenots-Du-Milieu

Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
from the store as a ‘just in case.’ I was the MC after all, and I needed to make sure I would be loose on the mic, professional that I am. The Volnay helped get me stage ready. It was a pure and beautiful red, 1991 in its tender yet vimful personality. There was solid earth, nut and leather components to the Volnay, which was still holding on to its window of drinkability, but whose fruit and intensity seemed to be entering an autumnal stage 91 points
White

1990 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles

Chardonnay more

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, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
stood out from the crowd, a testament to the 1990 vintage. The Leflaive seemed relatively coiled, intense and wound with its mint, yellow wax and mineral aromas. There was long and distinguished character in its nose as its minerals unveiled sinus-clearing acidity still behind it. Long on the palate, I could easily see this wine drinking well in another ten years. Racy and vibrant, stylish and secure, the 1990 Pucelles was a true baby Grand Cru 94 points
Red

1998 Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts

Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
was a real surprise and a delicious wine. Rich yet tender with supple and lush red fruits and that kiss of Leroy beef and muscle made this wine just right. Its exquisite balance and decent length were admirably delicious, and its fruit components layered, soft and plush 94 points
Red

1975 Maison Leroy Latricières-Chambertin

Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
a wine that I found absolutely delicious. It had that full-bodied Leroy style without being too beefy, and rich yet tender fruit unlike many 1995s that are plagued by a lack of fruit and a rusty style. I have seen more than a few serious Burgundy collectors give up on this vintage over the last year or two. Back to the Leroy, it also had saucy, red fruits in the mouth and was quite tasty to all. It had excellent balance but might never be better than the next couple of years 93 points
Red

1996 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
on my way back to the podium, and it also proved to be a delicious drink. It was very soft and lush, a touch sweet and with very little of the acid that marks most ‘96s. It seemed mature yet fresh, and I liked its singular, candied personality. It was easy to drink, tasty, and I helped myself to seconds to get through what seemed like a lot of lots that afternoon 92 points
Red

1999 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
I figured out right away since I had just had the 1996 in the afternoon. It had a similar cherry bomb personality, more candied, floral and sweeter than the other wines in the flight, charming and laced with nut and spice aromas. It was richer and fuller-bodied than the 1996 as 1999s are prone to be, but one could see the younger brother having the edge in this sibling rivalry 94 points
Red

1978 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets

Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
had gorgeous aromatics, full of earthy and gamey ’78 fruit, purple and black in its profile. Its rich fruit and delicate earth were what great Volnays were all about, but in the mouth there was a touch less intensity than I had hoped for, and after about 30-45 minutes, the wine seemed like it was fading already. There were still good earth flavors here, but its nose was much sexier than its palate 91 points
White

1992 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Ruchottes

Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
followed with the signature Ramonet menthol and wax aromas, also sweet in its nose with more mineral and stone than butter, but all three nonetheless. The Ruchottes bottling is one of my favorite value white Burgundies and can be magnificent around age ten. Age fifteen proved a touch older than ideal, at least for the 1992 vintage, but again the wine was still enjoyable. There were still nice corn, butter and yeast flavors in this mature white Burgundy 92 points
White

1992 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux

Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
The Butteaux was soft and lush, forward and buttery. It was nice and easy, fully mature and flashing some signature 1992 sweetness. It will not get any better, but it is still an enjoyable drink although some might find it leaning on the flabby side of town 90 points
White

2002 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Chardonnay more

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, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
was the official white for the evening, and it was another delightful Chablis. There was more intensity to this premier cru than its older, grand cru sibling, due both to the age difference and perhaps the vintage difference too. There was more vim and vigor here with lots of minerals and spices, and a long, regal finish. Tasty and tangy, the 2002 was excellent stuff 93 points
White

1997 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot

Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
during cocktail hour. 1997 whites are drinking wonderfully right now, and this Raveneau was no exception. It had typical Raveneau character with bright citrus aromas and flavors and a minerally, limy Chablis kink. Soft and round, it was pure and delightfully drinkable 91 points
Red

1999 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
was tasted. More similar stylistically to the Groffier than the Mugnier, the Roumier took the intensity and class up a couple notches form the Groffier. Beef, earth, leather, mineral, rust and spine oozed out of its reticent nose. Rich and powerful in the mouth, there were spicy and spiny tannins to complement its boatload of dark and dank fruit. This was serious juice 95+ points
Red

1999 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
out of the cellar, seeing it was a Chambertin kind of day. The Rousseau was fabulous. It was so ’99, dripping with its baby fat and fruit as if it was much younger than it was. Its fruit was so pure and fresh, it seemed like it could have been released last year, which is why I am convinced 1999 might very well be the greatest red Burgundy vintage of my lifetime. Its balance and structure were superb behind its grapy and sappy fruit. Violet and symphonic when the earth and minerals finally came out, the ’99 Rousseau delivered a knockout performance 96 points
Red

2004 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
at the auction, and he proceeded to crack the case and open a bottle right there on the spot! The fruit on this infant of a Burgundy was very primary yet fragrant and open. I was surprised how much skin this ’04 was showing with its aromatic and perfumed personality, sensually forward with its almost Caliesque style. This was unmistakably Burgundy, but definitely could have been pulled over for impersonating a Cali Pinot with its forward fruit and sweet nature. Softer in the mouth, its tannins and acidity seemed pre-pubescent, hiding and not unveiling the adult it will eventually be. Very young wines are so tough for me 92+ points
Red

1995 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Auction and Charity Imbibing (2/3/2007)
was served out of magnum, a spontaneous selection since it was one of the lots that was purchased at the live auction and opened right on the spot! It was outstanding. I was most impressed with this 1995, my second wine from this recently-maligned vintage that showed fantastically this weekend. The Vogue was rockin’ and rollin’, full of rich, decadent red fruit, along with smoke, earth, iron and spine. Intense and flavorful, it delivered a mouth-watering and mouth-filling glass of Burgundy with enough character to go another decade or three 95+M points
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