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Red

1996 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs

Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The d’Angerville was the class of the flight, as it usually is for the region. It was more aromatic with purple fruit and a touch of nuts. There were round, vitamin flavors and a touch of game and smoke to this thick Volnay. 93+ points
Red

1996 Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The Bachelet was served blind by you-know-who, and its purple fruit, game, smoke, chocolate and yeast were to my nose’s liking. There was a touch of Robitussin on the palate at first, but that blew off into a thick and milky wine that kept improving. 94 points
Red

1999 Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
You can go back to 1996 for my notes on the Bachelet, which was similar in a big, ’99, catnip kind of way. 93 points
Red

1967 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
Red

2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

Red Rhone Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
95+M points
White - Sparkling

1985 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésimé

Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
93 points
Red

1996 Château Calon-Ségur

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
Something was wrong with the Calon Segur, or the wine just isn’t that good. It was a bit stewed and the ‘last by far’ of the flight. 85? points
Red

2007 Sylvain Cathiard Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers

Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The 2007 Cathiard had the charm of 2007 but the oak of Cathiard, coming across on the beefier side of Burgundy. Ultimately, I liked it. 91 points
Red

1970 Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
91 points
Red

1995 Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
92 points
Red

1996 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart

Clos de Tart Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The Clos de Tart was deep, big and round, heavy and beefy, yet impressive. 94 points
Red

2001 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The Clos des Papes was jammy and sweet, seemingly mature…already? Sweet and sweeter, I felt like this was a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Not sure what all the fuss is about. 90 points
White

1997 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The Coche-Dury was courtesy of Sweet Lou, and it delivered a delicious start to the evening. There was that signature smoky kernel along with ‘bacon fat’ and mineral-y white fruits. There were great nutty flavors, and this special white was just starting to show its mature side. 95 points
Red

1996 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The Armand was a bit stinky and dirty, although it had excellent flesh and that mountainous, full fruit of Pommard. 92 points
Red

1996 Jean-Jacques Confuron Romanée St. Vivant

Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The Confuron was much deeper and darker, pungent and purple. The palate was more elegant than the nose led me to believe, and while bigger, that didn’t mean better, especially in Burgundy. 93 points
Red

1996 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The Cos had a big nose and the most aromatics, as well as the most power. It was a bit rugged in style, and a precursor to the next level that Cos has achieved over the past decade. 93 points
Red

1997 Domaine d'Auvenay (Lalou Bize-Leroy) Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The d’Auvenay was saucy and soupy a la 1997, with olive, mint, rose and rust. It was excellent for 1997, and it showed nice structure at first, but it got a bit rubbery with time. 93 points
White

1996 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses

Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
Another off-the-record wine flew by, a 1996 Dauvissat Chablis Les Preuses. It was yeasty, gamy and delicious in that mature Chablis way (93). 93 points
Red

1996 Joseph Drouhin Romanée St. Vivant

Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The Drouhin was outstanding at first glance. Its nose was a bit on the milky and stemmy side, but I didn’t mind. There was great cedar and spice to its palate, and it had great balance and style, with a long and thick finish. However, it thinned a bit in the glass. 94 points
Red

1996 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The Ducru Beaucaillou was a bit disappointing, gamier and jammier than I remember. I have been a big fan of this wine before, and I felt this was a bit too much in those directions. 93? points
Red

1990 Domaine Dujac Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
DQ points
Red

1996 Domaine Dujac Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The Dujac Clos de la Roche was stemmy, woodsy, foresty and rocky. It was a bit lean and tight, getting more chocolaty and citrusy on the palate, while the Bonnes Mares came across deeper and stinkier. There was more breadth and zip here in this brothy, earthy and horsy wine. I made some joke about horse, ass and black fruit which I found quite amusing at the time, but I can’t figure out what the heck was so funny now lol. 93 points
Red

1996 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The Dujac Clos de la Roche was stemmy, woodsy, foresty and rocky. It was a bit lean and tight, getting more chocolaty and citrusy on the palate, while the Bonnes Mares came across deeper and stinkier. There was more breadth and zip here in this brothy, earthy and horsy wine. I made some joke about horse, ass and black fruit which I found quite amusing at the time, but I can’t figure out what the heck was so funny now lol. 93 points
Red

2007 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
94 points
Red

1982 Château L'Evangile

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
The L’Evangile had sexy aromas and flavors of plum, olive and chocolate, and while still a bit tight, it was thick and delicious. 95 points
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