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1963 Clos Tarin Champagne Clos du Mesnil

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
The 1963 Clos Tarin Clos du Mesnil was shot, oxidized unfortunately. I guess all 1963s might be at this point (DQ). DQ points
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1976 Clos Tarin Champagne Clos du Mesnil

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
The next bubbly had a mature, warm nose of bread and honey. It was creamy and lush, and the palate was round, rich and smooth, never losing its lushness. It was very wine-like with its orange marmalade palate. There were gold flavors and excellent acidity still to this wooly and textured wine. It was a 1976 Clos Tarin Clos du Mesnil. I don’t think even the owners of this wine at the time would have identified this one blind (93)! 93 points
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1975 Deutz Champagne Ay Oenotheque

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
We started with a super-rare 1975 Deutz Ay Blanc de Noirs Oenotheque, of which only 200 magnums were made. There were light straw and golden aromas in this ‘so’ fresh bubbly. This is ‘never breathe again land,’ Rob thumped on the table. I’m not sure it was from above or below the table, but there definitely was some loud thumping happening. The yellow theme continued on the palate, in a dusty way. It was rich, lush and incredibly long and fine. So great, so young, so balanced and with an endless summer of a finish; this was clearly the best Champagne from 1975 ever, and one that transcends the vintage. Richard noted ‘violets’ and that signature of greatness, ‘railroad tracks.’ It was a good beginning, and to give credit where credit is due, Richard nailed it on the head (97M). 97M points
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1962 Charles Heidsieck Champagne British Cuvée

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
The next flight was for 2012’s ‘Birthday Boy,’ Mr. Juhlin himself, who will be turning fifty this year. We started with a 1962 Charles Heidseick British Cuvee, and Alexander The Great and Brooklyn Mike were in agreement over its ‘pineapple’ qualities. Aromas of waterfall, musk and nut oil rounded out its nose. Flavors of pineapple and coconut expanded in this long and icy wine. There was great fruit and great mineral components here (95). 95 points
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1966 Krug Champagne Blanc de Blancs

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
Big Boy went straight to the hoop, Blake Griffin style, with the next selection. ‘Perfect, flawless, top five ever produced,’ he went on, and he was right. Richard was at first in the ‘55/’47 camp, identifying the strength of the wine with some of Champagne’s strongest vintages. Its nose was both classic and insane at the same time. There were hints of hinterland oak, along with meaty, yellow aromas that were sweet, rich and nutty in an autumnal way. Its palate was musky and zippy yet rich and lush, with divine flavors of seltzer, bread and citrus. Secondary flavors of orange, chocolate and tobacco emerged in this incredible wine. It was a 1966 Krug Blanc de Blancs, the pre-cursor to Clos du Mesnil that was only made once, and only 500 bottles were made. Holy shit (99). 99 points
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1962 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
The 1962 Krug had that big, classic Krug vanilla aroma, with a ‘so good’ toasty and nutty nose to match. The palate was balanced yet big, with a cascading finish that went on and on and on. You can always count on Krug (96+). 96+ points
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1911 Moët & Chandon Champagne

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
We were running out of time, so Big Boy went back for one last flight of Champagnes, beginning with a 1911 Moet, and not the batch that was recently released, which I have not sampled. I’m talking ORIGINAL. Having had two 98-point experiences with this incredible bubbly, this bottle disappointed relatively, but it was still impressive. Ever so slightly oxidized, the nose still delivered immense pleasure with aromas of rye bread crust, nut oil and kisses of caramel and fino. The palate was lush and great, and its acidity was extraordinary, but it was definitely a kiss oxidized (95A). 95A points
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1962 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Rosé

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
‘1966 Dom Perignon Rose?’ Richard asked. Close, it was 1962 Dom Perignon Rose. Aromas of earth, chocolate and strawberry stood out, complemented by granny apple and cranberry flavors. It had that earthy, sweaty, good drity style of mature DP Rose and was a rock solid bottle. It was surely great with its outstanding acidity and weight (96). 96 points
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1962 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut Millésimé

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
The regular 1962 Piper Heidseick was impressive, quite effervescent with its hay and straw aromas, forward and zippy. Flavors of honey didn’t compromise its great freshness, and additional flavors of mineral and white earth were balanced by impressive sweetness (95). 95 points
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1962 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut Rosé

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
A 1962 Piper Heidseick Rose was so rare, even Piper didn’t know they made it until Bad Boy came knocking at their door. The nose was all strawberry rose, so sweet. Richard noted, ‘lower alcohol and more sugar.’ It was lush, round and long, with a ‘high dosage’ per Bad Boy (93). 93 points
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1921 Pol Roger Champagne Brut Vintage

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
The 1921 Pol Roger was another great nose, dusty and great in a white cola, zippedy doo dah way. Its flavors were sweet and honeyed, and its finish vibrant, but I did find it a touch sweet, holding back its fantastic self (95). 95 points
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1942 Pommery Champagne

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
There was one Champagne before we hit the road; it was a bottle of 1942 Pommery, and damn was it good. Dirty, but good. That’s how things happen after 11pm lol. There was zip and zoo here, but sweet vanilla took over, and its palate cheered ‘hip hip hooray.’ Absolutely delicious, this was Pommery at its best, rich and perfectly sweet in a toffee way. It kept getting better (97). 97 points
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1962 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
There was one more ’62 bubbly, a 1962 Roederer Cristal. Orange rind and butterscotch squared off in the nose, and that Cristal kinkiness shined throughout that battle. The palate was sweet and larger than life with its caramel flavors. The acidity and spritz were both great. This is one Champagne whose performance lives up to the reputation (96). 96 points
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1962 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
It couldn’t get any better, could it? Enter 1962 DRC La Tache. At first, there were oysters and ocean action in the nose; it needed some time to unravel, and did it ever. Aromas of rose and tobacco slowly took over, with secondary rose and menthol seeping up out of its earth. The palate was out of control. It was rich, saucy and long with crazy spice and oomph to its finish. I must confess that I was starting to think the sun was setting on the 1962 vintage, in a long, graceful way, as great vintages fade away and never disappear. I am happy to officially stand corrected. Long live La Tache (99). 99 points
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1942 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
The 1942 DRC Richebourg, which was supposed to be a 1962, was unfortunately gone with the wind (DQ). DQ points
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1962 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Musigny

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
We continued with the 1962 Roumier Musigny, which doesn’t exist, except for the few that still have some. Big Boy, The Don, anyone else? Deep, foresty fruit signaled a different producer, and its fruits were a bit blacker. Traces of tobacco and coffee lingered in the nose, along with some tomato and Worcestershire. The palate was phenomenal, possessing superb length. It was hearty in a fine way, typical of great Musigny. The flavors shifted to red, along with tobacco and citrus, in this spectacular wine. Long live Roumier (98). 98 points
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1962 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
Enough with the Champagne, we needed some wine, and Big Boy continued the 1962 theme with four of the greatest Burgundies ever made. The first had a wow nose that reeked cherry sex. Its aromatics were so delicately good, just like 1962s are supposed to be at age fifty. Its aromas tickled while grabbing my….attention. Musk and mint added layers of complexity to this ‘category six hurricane,’ as Big Boy accurately commented. The palate was super long, with incredible rose and tobacco flavors. Its finish was soft and caressing, yet it walloped at the same time. Long live Rousseau, starting with the 1962 Rousseau Chambertin (97). 97 points
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1932 Salon Champagne 'Nature'

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
‘Everything else is immaterial,’ announced Big Boy after sipping the next wine. It was another wow nose; everything was starting to border on the surreal. Richard thought this might be the elusive 1938 Krug, but it was the non-existent 1932 Salon Nature. Its nose was deep, rich, sexy and nutty, and while its fruit was mature, it was still delicious, and its acidity was still superior. Lush and creamy continued my notes. Earthy and autumnal flavors suggested this might have been a touch advanced, but since I have no 1932 references, who knows? Big Boy knew only one thing at this point. ‘I am in awe of myself,’ he summed up lol. To be honest, so was I (96). 96 points
Red

1962 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

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, John Kapon
Marea (1/11/2012)
The 1962 Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes was also spectacular, though a hair behind the La Tache. Its smoky red fruits slithered out of the glass in an unctuous way; its richness and concentration were as good as it gets in Burgundy. This was so thick and lush, singing at the top of its lungs, yet its finish was so fine. This was higher level juice. Long live Comte de Vogue (98). 98 points
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