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1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
which had a heavenly nose and is still their greatest .regular. Chateauneuf du Pape to my knowledge. The wine was earthy, gamy, rusty and spicy with great Provencal action and perfectly integrated alcohol. It was an outstanding wine and still shy 95 points
Red

1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
was .da bomb 97 points
Red

2000 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
had the best nose of the flight and perhaps the night. You could really smell the meat of Mourvedre and its nut, earth and structure. The wine was long, fine and sturdy 96+ points
White

1999 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
served out of magnum, and it was much purer on the nose, really standing apart from the Jadot. The nose was clean, pure, fresh and racy, intense and wound yet flashy, full of minerals, citrus and rainwater. Ben picked up on some .smoky flint,. and the wine was flirting with a Raveneau Chablis Les Clos, I thought. The palate was also very pure, a bit stony and young on the back side with enormous acids. The palate was full of minerals and anise, stony and most likely outstanding in the long term, but a bit shut down in the middle right now on the palate, but I gave its great potential the benefit of the doubt 95 points
Red

2000 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve le Clos du Caillou

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
I did scrape together that the back end and acid levels were enormous, and that one should not drink for a few years 95+ points
White

1992 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc De L'Orée

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
had a very exotic nose; in fact, it was a dead ringer for a sweet Loire wine with its apricot, peach and musk aromas. It also had the honey, but the palate was more mature with a touch of fino sherry flavors and a dry finish. Some thought it was cooked, but I felt it to be more mature and unique 90 points
White

1995 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc De L'Orée

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
had a muskier sweetness to its nose with a leathery edge and white fruits to go with the obligatory yellow ones. The minerals were forward, blending into a glue aroma. The anise and alcohol were more noticeably aggressive, but the structure of the wine was outstanding. It was more finish than fruit, rocky and a hair alcoholic, but it had really long acids, the longest so far. The palate was a bit shut down, but the nose stayed exotic and the palate held well in the glass. This was a great vintage of .de l.Oree 95+ points
White

1997 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc De L'Orée

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
had a civilized nose with the reticent yellow fruits, spice and sweet citrus jelly bean. There was the fresh rain, playful spice and toasty sexiness. There was a gorgeous elegance and style to the nose, but its palate was shut down on its fruit, very dry, minerally and slaty. This wine definitely needed to hibernate, although the nose got more jellied in that quince way, and the palate minty in a toothpick way 92 points
White

1999 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc De L'Orée

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
was served out of magnum and is a 100% Marsanne wine made from eighty year-old vines, we were told. The nose was exotic, forward in its yellow fruit orchestra of citrus, pineapple and quince, along with baked honey and mineral. The wine had a lot more fruit than I expected in its pure nose with a touch of toast. The wine had an amazing texture, very dense and layered with lots of rock, mineral and glue flavors on its finish. There were yellow fruits there, yet shy, with reticent marzipan/almond as well, but in the end the palate was a stony, dry style, which made RP comment how these wines are magnificent very young or very old and how they always seem to go into a shell for at least ten years in between. It would be very easy to argue the wine should have a .+. 93 points
White

1998 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc Le Méal

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
despite being a year older and also out of magnum, had not gone into its shell yet. There was more power and depth in the nose, with a lot of smoky depth and some baked honey, orange and yellow fruits, white meat and fat. The palate was round and rich, much more open flavor-wise. These wines are all about their texture when young, and are so thick and viscous that they bury the good acidity. There was nice dust and grit to the finish with good earth and smoke flavors, complimenting its oily fruit. The wine was smoky like a long cigarette with the filter being smoked by Lauren Bacall . very stylish 96 points
Red

1978 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
This bottle had a plummier nose with some forest, pine, game, bread and the bakery. There was also muffin, oat, leather and dust. It was excellent, just not as great as one might expect 93 points
Red

1983 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
more forward with its rose, roasted earth, nut, bacon and moderate t .n a. There was secondary vitamin, citrus and tang. The wine was smooth on the palate with good citrus, dust and a touch of game. The wine seemed mature, but like it will be staying there for a long time 93 points
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1985 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
the signature style shone through. The nose was mild yet deep, with the roasted fruit, nut, vanilla, plum, meat and leather. The nose was fine and intense, quite classic, but again the palate lacked the weight and complexity that the nose hinted at, still very good though 92 points
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1988 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
had a great nose, one of the more expressive ones for Chave with lots of fireplace action: wood, brick, smoke and ash. The nose was rusty and leathery but in complete balance with the roasted fruit. The alcohol was there but not intrusive, and the nose had a nice, nutty edge. The palate was less exciting on the palate and a bit horsy at first, and Rudy found it a touch acidic. RP commented how .the horseshit blew off. and how he didn.t mind it. Eric then said one of the all-time quotables when he said, .A good, steaming horse pile is a good thing if it has the intensity to back it up.. Hmmmm . no comment. It was a very good Hermitage that gained a little on the palate but did not live up to the nose 91 points
Red

1989 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
had a roasted nose but lacked the power of the 1990. It still was nice, with medium finesse and style. The palate had citric spice, nice earth, medium-body and a finesse-driven palate. The wine got a little nuttier in the nose 93 points
Red

1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
was much more intense in its meaty, earthy and figgy nose, which gave me a Count Dracula impression. There was freshly grilled meat with a sizzling, marinated, Asian style. There was complex fruit and spice tension, and nice citric tension on the palate with dust, rust and lust as well. The palate was fine yet long, hearty yet smooth, and intense 96+ points
Red

1991 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
a personal favorite of Chave.s according to Rudy. RP revved us up by asking us if we were all ready for some .Pinot Noir from Hermitage.. The nose was gorgeous, and I liked RP.s comment about the style of Chave. The fruit was soft and tender with earth, bacon, violet, plum and a touch of soy. The wine was pure and gorgeous, but the palate was all about finesse and elegance. Rudy loved the 1991, reasoning he was a .finesse, elegant, complex guy,. which sounded more like a personal ad than an endorsement of the wine 93 points
White

1989 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
a fabulous nose . great spine, spice, fruit and alcohol. There was also mineral, bread and anise there. The palate was long and pure with lots of long acids and grapefruit flavors. The nose stayed incredibly pure and complex, with impeccable balance and a piece of the Hermitage rock, so to speak. It is potentially the greatest Chave Blanc of the modern era 96 points
White

1995 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
had benevolent, pungent fruit, with more kink and tang in the nose, buttery and Montrachet-like in its nose, although Rudy quickly called it .more like Chassagne.. Aromas of corn rounded out the nose, and the palate was buttery and young with the glue and minerality, and a spicy, subtle, long finish. The wine was smooth and reminded me of the 1999, except the palate was more buttery 94+ points
White

1996 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
which had a gorgeous nose with layers of complexity. There was kinky, baked, yellow fruits, citrus, butter, honey, marzipan, glue, smoke . the nose was incredibly exotic, and the palate was smooth, buttery and minerally . shy but going to be great 92 points
White

1999 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
which had a gorgeous nose with layers of complexity. There was kinky, baked, yellow fruits, citrus, butter, honey, marzipan, glue, smoke . the nose was incredibly exotic, and the palate was smooth, buttery and minerally . shy but going to be great 94 points
Red

1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
The Cathelin was meaty, intense and ripe in the nose with toast, menthol, beef, blood, eucalyptus and mint. The palate was similar and a little more than outstanding . were in winegasm territory 97 points
Red

1982 Château Cheval Blanc

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
Rudy quickly .no joy, no lucked. it, and it was a very controversial wine. Now both Rudy and I made the point of how we have had more disappointing bottles of 1982 Cheval than not, and he and Mark thought that this bottle was corked. Now I got the must at first, but I felt very able to judge the wine. With all that being said, behind that must was an intense, deep wine full of alcohol, rose, olive, wintergreen, menthol, nut, cherry, earth and leaf. The palate was rich and round with a wallop of a finish and extraordinary acids and length, and this bottle was actually one of the better that I have had, but Rudy was in disagreement 96 points
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1990 Château Cheval Blanc

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
had a stunning nose that was young and powerful yet flirtatious. There was both ripeness and spine, and seductive red fruit that was both glazed and lush, along with sexy nut, Asian sweetness, leather, meat, light pepper and all kinds of spice, collectively allspice in that it had all of them covered and was too complex to label individually. The palate was awesome and surprisingly approachable with finesse and style. There was elegance, breed and a long finish to go with its great flavors. Rudy found it .fat and exotic. 97 points
Red

1989 Château Haut-Brion

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, John Kapon
Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
was a sleeping lion in the nose, majestic yet reticent. There were aromas of cassis, pencil, earth, meat, leather and exotic banana. Loads of t .n a were also present in its regal nose and came out with aeration but still remained reined in like a Triple Crown winner. The wine was so young yet so fabulously long on the finish with its earth, length and style. It is still one of the all-time greats 98 points
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