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White - Sparkling

1970 Bollinger Champagne Vieilles Vignes Francaises

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
DQ points
White - Sparkling

1990 Bollinger Champagne Vieilles Vignes Francaises

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
94 points
Red

1990 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
The Cos can be excellent, and no one love Cos more than me. While La Mission should be considered a First Growth already, Cos would be the first second knocking at the door. However, this bottle, while still excellent, was less thrilling than other ’90 Cosses (how does one pluralize that?) that I have had. 93 points
Red

1991 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
The ’91 Dujac was gorgeous, one of the better ‘91s that I have had of late, really beautiful stuff, although 1991 is not in the upper echelon as far as vintages go. 93 points
Red

1996 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Vieille Vigne

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
92 points
Red

1988 Gaja Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn

Nebbiolo more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
The ’88 Gaja was also very solid. I have never had a bad bottle of Gaja; they always answer the call. 93 points
Red

1986 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano

Nebbiolo more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
One of the most pleasant surprises was the ’86 Giacosa, which was excellent. I am not sure I have ever even had an Italian wine from 1986, but this was a good place to start. 93 points
Red

1990 Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
The Haut Brion was outstanding as always 95 points
White - Sparkling

1955 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Millésimé

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
DQ points
White - Sparkling

1995 Krug Champagne Clos d'Ambonnay

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
Where to begin? How about the two 1995 Krugs. I was in the minority when it came to preferring the ’95 Mesnil over the d’Ambonnay, then again, I don’t own any anymore lol. I didn’t get to cuddle up with the d’Ambonnay that closely, but this was the second time that I have had it, and it comes across much more elegantly than the Mesnil. Elegance is not a bad thing, but the Mesnil just had more power, more acidity, more length, just more. The d’Ambonnay might have had more drinkability, more approachability, more finesse, but I would be surprised if it outlasted the Mesnil. 93 points
White - Sparkling

1995 Krug Champagne Clos du Mesnil

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
Where to begin? How about the two 1995 Krugs. I was in the minority when it came to preferring the ’95 Mesnil over the d’Ambonnay, then again, I don’t own any anymore lol. I didn’t get to cuddle up with the d’Ambonnay that closely, but this was the second time that I have had it, and it comes across much more elegantly than the Mesnil. Elegance is not a bad thing, but the Mesnil just had more power, more acidity, more length, just more. The d’Ambonnay might have had more drinkability, more approachability, more finesse, but I would be surprised if it outlasted the Mesnil. 95+ points
Red

1989 Château La Fleur de Gay

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
The only other Bordeaux was delicious, an ’89 Fleur de Gay. Pomerols not named Petrus or Lafleur still seem to be taken for granted – why is that again? Not by me, and any Bordeaux lover who doesn’t buy the L’Evangiles, the Trotanoys, the L’Eglise Clinets, the etc etc’s needs to love a little more often if they love themselves. 94 points
White

2000 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
93 points
White

2000 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
The 2000 whites were all really good, with the Leflaive distancing itself from the pack. What else is new? It did have the Grand Cru handicap in its favor, though. 2000 whites are great to drink now, and they will probably last longer than some people give them credit. I am not the only white Burgundy lover to think that. Wait a second, the way action has been for the category, I am the only white Burgundy lover left :). 95 points
Red

1991 Domaine Leroy Clos de la Roche

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
The other ’91, the Leroy Clos de la Roche, showed why Leroy can be great, particularly in 1991, 1993 and 1996. 94 points
White

1990 Marquis de Laguiche (Joseph Drouhin) Montrachet

Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
93A points
White - Sparkling

2000 Thierry Massin Champagne Brut

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
92 points
Red

1997 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brulees

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
Vintages that are full of fruit don’t play well into her hand all the time, though. The Meo Brulees was roasted and overblown, showing more of the weaker rather than the stronger qualities of the 1997 vintage – it was still very good, but the points aren’t going up any time soon. 91J points
White - Sparkling

1990 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
93 points
Rosť - Sparkling

1985 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Rosé

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
How about another pair of distinguished bubblies? The ’85 Dom Rose was so much more open than the 1996. It seemed more than ten years between the two. I have always loved the 1985 although this one hinted at a faster evolution than I last recall; the 1996 is very wound, a bit tart and not as racy as other 1996s. We shall see how it develops. 95 points
Rosť - Sparkling

1996 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Rosé

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
How about another pair of distinguished bubblies? The ’85 Dom Rose was so much more open than the 1996. It seemed more than ten years between the two. I have always loved the 1985 although this one hinted at a faster evolution than I last recall; the 1996 is very wound, a bit tart and not as racy as other 1996s. We shall see how it develops. 93 points
Red

1999 Domaine Georges Mugneret/Mugneret-Gibourg Ruchottes-Chambertin

Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
Of the remaining red Burgundies, the Mugneret Ruchottes stood out the most. That’s why Sir Robert Bohr always buys them, I concluded lol. Mugneret seems to be making some of the best, unknown, top-flight reds in Burgundy. 95 points
White

2004 Domaine Michel Niellon Chevalier-Montrachet

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
95 points
Red

1990 Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin

Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
The 1990 was no slouch, from the forgotten Ponsot grand cru. It is another vintage where Ponsot separates his wines from the pack. 94+ points
Red

1980 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
La Paulee 2009, Part III (3/7/2009)
The 1980 was grace in a glass, much more feminine and elegant, but still all about the Burgundy. It was big brother versus little sister, and we all know who usually wins that matchup. 94 points
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