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1971 Andre Brunet Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
A rare 1971 Brunet Meursault Genevrieres had a warm toasty nose with whiffs of wood, and loads of honey and beeswax.  We soon forgave The Inspector for the fact that he meant to pull out a ’71 Ramonet, since the wine was quite excellent.  Its nose was deeper than I expected, delivering a rich, big and luscious impression.  Whitney cooed, ‘Yummmm,’ while the Inspector gave it a pleasantly surprised ‘nice.’  It was tasty in a mature way, with yeasty flavors and solid acidity still.  Someone noted, ‘wild horse kicking up pollen’ (93). 93 points
Red

2005 Domaine Arlaud Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
Of course, a working man must always have dinner, and dinner with Louis-Michel Liger-Belair was a pleasure, as we love hanging with Burgundy’s brightest new star, even though his Domaine is really an old star…see May Hong Kong catalog for more details.  We shared a couple of nice wines, including a big and brawny 1999 Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet (94) as well as a tight yet complex 2005 Arlaud Bonnes Mares.  When we asked about someone ‘new’ in Burgundy doing some good things, Arlaud’s name came up more than once (93+). 93+ points
Red

1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
Dinner saw a couple of Chateauneufs, beginning with a 1998 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape.  The Beaucastel was gamy and overripe; I was a bit surprised how mature it was, and it was mature in a figgy and jammy way.  This was not what I remembered as far as 1998, are they overrated?  Then again, that can be said for every vintage of Chateauneuf nowadays (91). 91 points
White - Sparkling

1995 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
I almost forgot, we started and finished with the 1995 Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois.  It was also drinking so well, full and flavorful with a toasty, wine-like nose.  It had a rich buttery palate and a stony finish.  I was impressed with this Billecart, as I was by an ’86 last weekend (94). 94 points
White

2008 Bouchard Père et Fils Montrachet

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
The second wine and first white was a young, rock star Burgundy.  It was oh so young, but very sexy and opulent, showing off sweet white fruits and icy white flowers.  Seb found it ‘clean,’ while The Keymaster noted, ‘very floral.’  Its lush fruit had a nice shell of minerality, almost Chablisesque except for the fact that the fruit here was much richer.  The Keymaster continued, ‘It’s surprising how well it is drinking, it has a harmonious finish and is wielded well together.’  It was delicious indeed, light on its feet and elegant in that regard, but fleshy and delightfully drinkable.  The 2008 Bouchard Montrachet got more kinky and floral in the glass, playing up to its exotic fruit.  The Keymaster then told us this was a Burghound 98; yeah, following Allen’s advice is generally a good rule of thumb.  My score is a bit less, but it’s more of a philosophical thing in regard to younger wines; I wouldn’t be surprised to see this climb my point ladder over time, which can be said in general when I score young wines (96). 96 points
Red

1944 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Reserva Especial

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
Our first Cune was the 1944 Cune Rioja Vina Real Reserva Especial.  I have long loved old Cunes, and this bottle thankfully didn’t break my heart.   Juha admired its ‘rich nose,’ and it had a wonderful animal streak, along with a ‘very silky’ and ‘smoky’ style per our two hosts. Charcoal and ‘salty pistachio skin’ were also present; I have to take half-credit for that Juha quote; it was a joint effort.  The swords were drawn, and the joust was on.  Tobacco, smoke, matchbox, cedar, garden and tobacco were all there in this complex nose.  The flavors were rich coffee ones, and red and black licorice joined the party.  It was ripe without being sweet, and impressive for a 1944.  Caramel and a leathery kink crept in to this tasty, old wine (93). 93 points
Red

1952 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Reserva Especial

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
The 1952 Cune Rioja Vina Real Reserva Especial had a similar character, although it was more grassy and pungent at first.  It had that caramel-y, old Spanish fruit as well.  Light leather and nice spice meshed with wheat in the nose.  Pekka found, ‘more structure and freshness’ in the ’52.  Its palate was rich and big but a bit shy, its fruit black and blue with a touch of brown.  Lush, round and sumptuous, the ’52 opened up nicely and felt wealthier and darker than the ’44.  Light coffee on the finish cemented this as uniquely Spanish (94). 94 points
Red

1966 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Reserva Especial

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
The 1966 Cune Rioja Vina Real Reserva Especial was, surprise, similar as well.  Of course, it came across fresher and younger than the previous two, with more vibrancy coming from its wood.  It was the deepest and most powerful of the three, with aggressive male energy.  Rocks and stones were also noticeable nasally.  The palate was more chocolaty with great spice and minerality, and much more acidity.  ‘Powerful yet well-balanced’ came from one of our hosts, along with a couple of other tidbits.  1949 and 1962 are apparently the best Cunes, and Riojas are like Burgundy, while Ribera del Dueros are like Rhones (95). 95 points
Red

1964 Château Canon

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
The next wine stole the show from the VCC; it felt like First Growth quality, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it be a 1964 Canon.  Its nose was creamy with decadent aromas of plum, cola, black fruits and baked bread.  It had a naturally sweet core and a light caramel glaze.  In the mouth, it was soft but rich, long and balanced.  It just continued and continued on and on, and an exotic spice with an almost jasmine edge developed.  This was grace in a glass and sheer deliciousness.  I think I could have drunk a jero of this…amongst the five of us, of course (95). 95 points
Red

1959 Château Certan de May

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
A pair of ‘59s reminded us that court was now officially in session, and we first heard the testimony of the 1959 Certan de May.  The nose was still fresh at age 52, and it had the classic Pomerol chocolate, plum and garden.  There was still meat on dem bones in the nose, and light mahogany spice as well.  The palate was soft and tender with strong limestone and clay flavors, and pretty citric tension (93). 93 points
Red

1928 Chevillot Tâche-Romanée Grand Cru

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
A curious fellow came along in the form of a 1928 Chevillot Tache-Romanee Negociant bottling.  You’ll have to ask the Burghound or The Inspector for the full story, but I did jot down that this was the original 1.5 acres of La Tache.  Its nose was deep and fascinating, with black cherry fruit and great musk and spice.  The palate was round and soft, with black fruits joining the party as it unfolded.  There was a big, long finish of rusty, citric fruit and hidden, lingering acidity.  It was a touch square, but still outstanding, although it was a little ‘negociant-y,’ ie that touch of unoriginal factory.  Thankfully in this case, it didn’t murder the wine :) (95). 95 points
White

2001 Coche-Dury Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
The second white held its own after the big, bad Montrachet.  It had a much deeper color, and its babooming breasts just spilled out of its nose.  There was a smoky streak right through it, and tang and game were more present.  The Keymaster then told us he decanted this wine at 10am; I think it was about 2pm by now.  The palate was full of mature musk flavors, made more mature by the aeration.  It was rich and round with a great, buttery finish.  It was more tropical when first opened, we were told, and I correctly guessed Coche.  The fruit of the 2001 Coche-Dury Meursault Perrieres was more muscular than usual, which is probably an ’01 thing.  This was fat and and rich, bruising and full of power (96). 96 points
White

1989 Coche-Dury Meursault Les Rougeots

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
The 1989 Coche-Dury Meursault Rougeots was a big contrast to the Raveneau.  Its fruit was wild and gamy, and its personality was Pussy’s sister, Toasty Galore.   There was tangy fruit and light spice rounding out the nose.  The palate was rich and lemony with gamey, exotic tropical fruit and a glaze of something in the Worcestershire direction.  The wine got simpler in the glass and squared up a bit, and the Raveneau kept smacking the Coche down every time it tried to get up.  The Mrs. of our guests, who declared that she would like to be known for Vintage Tastings articles as the Black Panther of Paris, noted ‘smoked crust with ham’ in the Coche.  Meow (92). 92 points
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2001 Marc Colin et Fils Montrachet

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
A 2001 Marc Colin Montrachet almost seemed to be the obligatory white.  Its nose was sweet and buttery, with that 2001 kiss of botrytis, which is a white thing.  There was nice spice to this creamy and buttery white, not a lot of acidity, or perhaps it was buried by its D-cup fruit.  While tasty and lush, a touch was missing in the middle (93). 93 points
Red

1950 Château La Conseillante (Eschenauer)

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
The Conseillante Negociant bottling had an interesting nose that was aromatic and cake-like, with black and strawberry fruits, but the palate was citrusy and dry, lacking complexity and fruit. 88M points
Red

2004 Château Cos d'Estournel

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
A 2004 Cos d’Estournel was so young, but like ‘honey to a young bee.’  We had a Bordeaux lover amongst us.  A touch of oak grilled its nose, along with corn stalk, cassis, pencil and earth.  Some blueberry twists emerged on the palate as it aired out, along with some butter and caramel.  While pleasant and classic, it was anti-climactic (91). 91 points
Red

1947 Couturier Clos de la Roche

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
A 1947 Couturier Clos de la Roche had that slightly overripe yet not cooked ’47 quality, with more citrus, while someone observed, ‘Vieux Marc and cassis.’  There were nice animal flavors, along with the horse and the saddle.  While I liked the Volnay more at first, the Grand Cru quality caught up with some time in the glass, and the wine became sweeter and lusher.  It was neck and neck in the end (93). 93 points
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2002 Deutz Champagne Amour de Deutz Blanc de Blancs

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
There was also a 2002 Amour de Deutz that we sampled, and even though I think it is also Blanc de Blancs yet more expensive, I preferred the 2004.  The 2002 had lots of strength but lacked layers, and its bubbles were a bit aggressive (91). 91 points
White - Sparkling

2004 Deutz Champagne Blanc de Blancs

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
I was blown away by a bottle of 2004 Deutz Blanc de Blancs before dinner.  I was expecting something young and tight, but it was absolutely delicious.  Creamy and balanced with delightful buttered sugar qualities, the Deutz delivered a full-bodied yet fine experience, giving me hope for 2004, although I couldn’t tell you much about the vintage now – it’s too young for me to pay too much attention yet :) (95). 95 points
Red

2005 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
A 2005 Pingus was almost too much, too late.  Oak was immediately noticeable in this thick wine.  While it had a New World feel, it still had the Old World foundation.  This was a monster that was somehow integrated in a massive way.  It was like an oil spill of fruit, with cedar, wood and oak splattered all around it.  The alcohol was a bit forward, and my notes ended with ‘buttery bananas and thunder thighs, Amsterdam-style.’  It’s actually an accurate descriptor (93). 93 points
Red

2007 Joseph Drouhin Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Petits Monts

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
Oh yeah, the 2007 this time was 2007 Joseph Drouhin Vosne-Romanee Petits-Monts.  Wines from Drouhin are another one of my favorite things, and this was another tasty and ready-to-go 2007, from a very special vineyard unknown to most.  This was another 92-point wine that was 93 on this given day (93). 93 points
Red

1990 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
The closer was another favorite of mine, a 1990 Dujac Clos de la Roche, but again, I was left a little confused.  Milk and vegetables were the first things to come out in the nose, but deep fruit emerged, with shades of red, blue and purple.  There was no ‘90-itis’ here, as the fruit was also fresh on the palate, displaying nice citrus, along with some stalk and cigar.  It was elegant and reserved, and the cigar elements started to take over, blending into ashtray, forest and olive.  The wine was excellent; however, it is usually outstanding (94). 94 points
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1999 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
Ok, since there were only three more wines for dinner, I’ll keep writing this one up to the very end.  The first was a 1999 Dujac Clos de la Roche.  Dujac is one of my favorite things, and the nose on the ’99 reminded me why.  There were great aromatics of purple rain, comprised of stem and earth, a pop of kernel, and deep, wide fruit.  One of our friends noted ‘bacon,’ and the other ‘nice wood.’  The nose left a dusty and zippy impression, intoxicating with its wealthy fruit, but the palate was soft and completely closed.  It was as if it was a completely different wine.  Even Sebastien, our European director who accompanied me the entire trip across Europe, noted that the palate was ‘not as joyful as the nose.’  It was likened to an English girl, ‘showing you a lot but then nothing in the end.’ Hey, I didn’t say it, I’m just the messenger.  It got better with some food, but then took a step back after the Barolo that followed.  It was like a 97-point nose and then a 91-point palate.  I was on the 94-point border, but like I said, the Barolo knocked it down a peg.  I am curious to revisit this wine again in a couple years, but right now, it needs time (93). 93 points
Red

2007 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
It was off to Burgundy, which was the longest stop of any place during my month abroad, and there’s good reason for that.  Generally speaking, I like to drink Pinot, and there’s no place like Burgundy when it comes to Pinot Noir.  Sunday was a travel day, so we kept it light, and Sebastien and I split a bottle of 2007 Dujac Clos de la Roche.  It was absolutely delicious, just a pleasure to drink.  This would become a recurring theme regarding 2007 for the month.  I wouldn’t hesitate to drink any top 2007 now and see for yourself; these are going to be delicious wines for a bit, although not from a ‘great’ vintage.  The wine was excellent, and technically probably 93-points, but if I used the Pekka ratings system of pleasure for this wine, I would bump it up to (94). 94 points
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1995 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis

Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
Epic European Vacation (9/6/2011)
Jeremy Seysses of Dujac, Freddie Mugnier and Jean-Marc Roulot also pulled out older bottles from the cellar.  Jeremy shared a 1995 Dujac Clos St. Denis, which just ‘turned the corner,’ per Jeremy.  1995 was the vintage that everyone gave up on, but this was quite aromatic and savory.  There was wild animal and barny aromas, along with ‘beet root’ and olive.  While this was a ‘great food wine’ for sure, the ’95 was still a touch dry, which was always the knock on it.  This showed better than I expected, and showed why it is often better to buy by producer rather than vintage (93). 93 points
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