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White - Sparkling

1947 Bollinger Champagne

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
Make that three magnums and one half-bottle. A half of 1947 Bollinger was delicious, albeit wine-like with its texture and personality, yeasty and old but still with that vanilla sex pop. That’s all I got :) 94 points
Red

1978 Joseph Drouhin Chambertin

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
A 1978 Drouhin Chambertin had a baked nose of peanut brittle, but was creamy, smooth, satiny, luscious and delicious with solid iron flavors 94 points
White

1999 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
The 1999 Lafon Meursault Genevrieres had ‘high acid’ per Eddie. It was the biggest nose of the three, showing citrus and fir spice, almost cedar, and snow-capped white fruits. The palate was beefy and more concentrated, longer, big and brawny yet still round 93 points
White

2000 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières

Chardonnay more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
The 2000 Lafon Meursault Genevrieres had a touch of mildew or mold in the nose, that back alley edge to which I often refer. There was some corn, yeast and citrus behind that, and the palate was clean, but again simple. Mark concurred. There was a touch of tea-like quality and mild acidity in this disappointing 2000 89 points
White

2001 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
We began with a trio of Genevrieres, and the 2001 Lafon Meursault Genevrieres was clean and fresh with great citrus, dust and spice in its nose, along with excellent minerality and citricity. It had that beefy 2001 edge but was still cut. The palate was round and softer than I expected, still pleasant but easy. There was good hidden acidity here 91 points
White

1982 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Montrachet

Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
A 1982 Lafon Montrachet was the second-to-last official wine served on this incredible evening, and it was the perfect spot for this spectacular white. It reminded me how a bottle (or flight) of Champagne or even white wine can be a welcome intermezzo/cleanser in order to march onwards with the reds. This was a perfect example of that, and Eddie was all over it immediately, citing ‘now this is ’82 white Burgundy.’ It had a big, buttery nose full of almond paste and great bread oil. It was sexy and delicious, super rich and buttery as well as nutty. It was Eddie’s ‘wine of the night,’ and up to that point it was, but it would prove to be a short-lived statement 96 points
White

1996 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Montrachet

Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
The 1996 Lafon Montrachet was unfortunately a touch oxidized, showing a yeasty, tropical, funky and creamy personality, still enjoyable but a bit on the tutti-frutti side. The palate was confused, stewed in its fruit and flavors, gamy and softer than it should have been. It still had body, and its acidity came out more and more in the glass, and a touch of candle wax flavors rounded out this affected wine 92 points
White

1997 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Montrachet

Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
A fascinating duo of Montrachet was next, beginning with a 1997 Lafon Montrachet. The ’97 had a touch of toast to its nose, followed by butter, kindling, corn and sweet musk. Clean and elegant, there was still substance in that sensuous 1997 way. The palate was polished, clean and buttery with excellent spice on its finish. The wine was absolutely delicious, and the nose stayed spicy and vibrant. Wilf hailed it as ‘great,’ and it was 95 points
White

1966 Marquis de Laguiche (Joseph Drouhin) Montrachet

Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
A perfect bottle of 1966 Joseph Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche was so rich and buttery, smoked and buttered like a bagel with the whitefish yet somehow without the fish. It was so rich and concentrated and had garden, earth, pine and buttery flavors. Wow 96 points
White

1990 Domaine Ramonet Bâtard-Montrachet

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
Jeff came through with a fantastic magnum of 1990 Ramonet Batard Montrachet. It was another killer magnum, one of the best Ramonets I have ever had, a 95 mph curve. The magnum apparently came straight from Ramonet, and Jeff found it ‘screamin.’ Even Fritz got into the act with ‘lime blossom cream’ or something to that extent, but I can’t really read my writing. Daniel Boulud admired its ‘pitch’ 97 points
White - Sparkling

1982 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
Feeling empty handed, I scored a magnum of 1982 Cristal off the list at Mina’s. It was super toasty, nutty, firm, thick, rich, long and spiny. The palate was super-duper long and intense. This magnum was about as good as this can get 96 points
Red

1966 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands-Echezeaux

Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
A magnum of 1966 DRC Grands Echezeaux welcomed us in stellar fashion. It had a deep nose full of rose, rust and caramel. Thick and rich, there were also bouillon and garden flavors. Yum 95 points
Red

1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
Wow took on a more significant meaning with this next magnum of 1971 DRC La Tache. Its thick, long and intense nose of rose, oil and menthol unfolded into an exotic garden of hedonistic Burgundy. Its palate was unreal, spiny and intense like hot sex with a rusty and minerally vigor rarely matched. It was absolutely, lip-smackingly delicious, as ever, still one of the greatest wines ever made 98 points
Red

1949 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
Something then came off the menu for our table, generously opened courtesy of Big Boy. It was a jeroboam of 1949 Rousseau Chambertin. The bottle looked like it came out of a tomb, crusty and hand-blown, a true antique. Unfortunately, the wine had leaked and had a lower fill, so what better thing to do than drink it? The wine was clearly a touch oxidized but still delicious, lush and sturdy. Rich chocolate and kinky purple fruit aromas were present. Mark noted ‘sweet, sappy fruit; quite concentrated,’ and added, ‘great grip and length.’ It was rich and lingered long time :). Rob felt, ‘if it wasn’t oxidized, it would be 98 or 99 points,’ and he had a good point. It was thick and long, but still affected 94 points
Red

1964 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
The 1964 Rousseau Chambertin was a tale of two bottles. The first was oxidized besides a rich and creamy edge. Rudy chimed in, ‘that’s the problem with ’64; too many are oxidized.’ The second bottle had a rusty intensity and deep forest oil of cedar and mahogany; it was linearly solid. Eric noted a ‘huge difference’ between the two bottles 94 points
Red

1966 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
The 1966 Rousseau Chambertin had a fabulous nose of sweet cherry oil essence, bread crumbs and herbs both soaked in butter. Very kinky, its palate was rich, saucy and long, possessing cherry oil and dust flavors, good spine and a smooth and buttery finish 94 points
Red

1976 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
The 1976 Rousseau Chambertin was a bit of an afterthought, earthy, nutty and beefy but a bit two-dimensional and lacking enough fruit to carry through its structural components
Red

1980 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
The 1980 Rousseau Chambertin was served out of jeroboam. I love it when that happens, too! The nose was big and woody at first, full of spearmint, coiled and thick. With some air, it became sweeter and full of cherry fruit, a trend that would continue. The palate was screechy at first, tight out of jero, but opened up to reveal tender fruit. Despite its fruitier nature, it was still fresh, complex and seductive 93 points
Red

1983 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
A trio of Chambertins followed, beginning with the 1983 Rousseau Chambertin, the second night in a row I was blessed with this wine. I love it when that happens. We later found out that this was Eric’s first vintage of Rousseau, officially, that is. This 1983 was big and minty again like the Clos St. Jacques, possessing more cherry oil in its nose in a sweet and spicy way. There was big acidity here, and this bottle was rusty, earthy, wintry and gritty. It was really sturdy. Wilf found it ‘tart’ and Eddie ‘petroly,’ but they both preferred the Clos St. Jacques. It was definitely on the other side of the coin of the 1980 that would follow, showing earth and rust versus the fruit that was coming 93 points
Red

1990 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
A 1990 Rousseau Chambertin lived up to that sentiment with its deep, regal nose, a veritable symphony of red fruit oils. It was serious stuff, but still just a baby. Vitamins and catnip were a welcome combination of sex appeal, and Mark found it ‘just starting to spring.’ This wine will probably outlive me, I thought. Welcome to Chambertin 96 points
Red

1962 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze

Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
The last red wine of my evening would be a 1962 Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze, which was absolutely humungous. One sip put me all on ten of my toes instantly, its super spicy and spiny palate delivering a climactic finish on this night. Muscular, cut, agile yet graceful, this ’62 Rousseau was another magical magnum. All three magnums of red for the after party were courtesy of Big Boy, whose cellar once again delivered the knockout blow to an incredible evening of fine and rare wine 98 points
Red

1978 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques

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Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
The 1978 Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques stood out from the pack with its super intense nose. Dark and nutty with brown leather and vitamin aromas, the ’78 was taut, wound and spiny. Its palate was beefy with that Worcestershire tang. Sturdy, big and muscular, it was fearless in the glass, although Wilf thought there was a slight ‘potassium issue.’ Rose hip flavors and a hint of vitamin C graced its long palate, which Eric found ‘pure and sharp,’ and that was quite accurate. It was a great flight 95 points
Red

1983 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques

Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
The 1983 Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques had a minty, intense nose that was very rusty and still vibrant. In the mouth, there were tasty strawberry and earth flavors to go with lots of acidity and its overall minty personality. Most preferred the ’83 to the ’88, but I found them both excellent and qualitatively equal despite their stylistic differences 93 points
Red

1988 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques

Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2008 II (3/10/2008)
On that note, we moved on to the reds and a flight of Clos St. Jacques, beginning with the 1988 Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques. The nose was nutty and deep, oily and rich, beefy and hearty, and with a touch of maple syrup goodness. It had tasty, good fruit, but still ‘hard tannins,’ per Eric. Its red cherry flavors were delicious, and it was rock solid despite ‘a touch of vegetal,’ per Todd. Eddie wasn’t minding it, which is about as good a compliment that you will get out of him for a Premier Cru lol. Mark was looking for more complexity, but I liked the wine a lot and its lumber flavors and personality 93 points
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