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Red

1990 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
Bruce started bashing the Beausejour, saying that it has ‘never been more than 93 points, and this is another one.’  The Big Ticket was trying to convince us to ‘let it warm up,’ but at this point in the evening, that wasn’t going to happen.  It was super fruity and kinky, exotic like three of The Hillbilly’s best friends: Cinnamon, Jasmine and Bubbles J.  My score is probably generous and more of a technical one, as I am not sure I could even drink a bottle of it.  It’s like 91 points with a Facebook ‘Don’t like’ attached to it lol. 91 points
White - Sparkling

1973 Bollinger Champagne

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
The Bollinger was poo-poo’d by The Hillbilly, although Eddie thought it wasn’t so bad.  It had a wafery and slaty nose and a ‘burnt orange’ edge.  90 points
Red

1990 Château Cheval Blanc

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
The Cheval was a touch weedy and wafery at first, a bit oily a la some of its best vintages.  It put on some weight and became quite concentrated, and despite a touch of mustiness to the palate at first, ultimately it was delicious. 95 points
Red

1980 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
Roger also pulled a 1980 Dujac Clos St. Denis out of his bag, and it was elegant and perfumed.  Light cedar, mahogany and raisin danced around its pretty fruit in the nose.  Candied fruit, raisin and garden flavors were on the palate, and The Cardinal preferred it to both Rousseaus due to its mature personality (93). 93 points
White - Sparkling

1996 Krug Champagne Clos du Mesnil

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
I have written up the 1996 Krug Clos du Mesnil on many occasions already, and all of my notes are consistently in the ‘best wines of my life’ category.  The Krug screamed, ‘I AM LEGEND,’ and every wine took a number and got in line.  Mass + force + balance = awesome. 98+ points
White - Sparkling

1982 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
Significant occasions call for significant wines, and significant Champagnes.  A trio of Champagnes set a high bar for the evening.  A 1982 Krug kicked things off nicely with some usual big vanilla and cream soda aromas, accompanied by lightly grilled nuts.  It was full and yeasty, served a bit warm, but its big and brawny style shined on.  It was still young (95+). 95+ points
White - Sparkling

1988 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
Oh yeah, the 1988 Krug was outstanding, as usual, but there were more no words left for Champagne after the ‘96 Clos du Mesnil. 95 points
Red

1990 Château Lafleur

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
The Lafleur was as good as any other wine in this extended flight.  ‘Solid’ and ‘rich’ started off my waning notes, along with kinky cocoa, nut and coconut as well…yes, all three.  The palate was also delicious, another hedonistic Right Banker with foundations of earth and rock to support its deep, kinky Pomerol fruit. 96 points
Red

1959 Château Latour Grand Vin

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
‘Eddie, Eddie’ could be heard in the distance as The Punisher pulled out a 1959 Latour.  It had a fantastic nose, pure and special.  This was a great, old bottle, whose fruit was fleshy, nutty and tasty, and whose acidity still balanced its headlining act.  It just reminded me how much more pleasure older wines give.  Even if a rating is less, an older wine may still give more pleasure than a higher-rated wine.  While the sips were small and more evaluatory on the 1990 flight, I finished every drop of the 1959 (97).  97 points
White

1996 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
A 1996 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet had a toasty nose full of big kernel, and that Leflaive gassy pop that their bottles can sometimes have initially after being opened.  Yellow fruits emerged in a sunnily sweet way.  The Artful Roger, who always seems to be on Central time, finally joined us and found the Leflaive ‘really good.’  It really opened up, but its acidity seemed mild for ’96.  Corn and nut were there, along with toast and diesel.  The acidity emerged more with time (95). 95 points
Red

1983 Château Margaux

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
The 1983 Margaux was classic and clean, with a touch of windex that I often find in this vintage of Margaux.  It was lean, elegant and beautiful.  A bottle I had last week was a bit richer and with more noticeable acidity, but I would rate them the same.  95 points
Red

1990 Château Margaux

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
The 1990 Margaux was richer and a bit more manly than the ’83, showing more cassis, and somehow coming off even more elegant despite more richness.  It was clearly a step up from the ’83, despite both being outstanding.  96+ points
White - Sparkling

1973 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
A magnum of 1973 Dom Perignon was exceptional.  It was just one of those great bottles.  It had strong wafery flavors and tasty sugar, with a creamy and somewhat delicate finish by comparison to the Krug.  It still had muscle but in a more cut way, and its elegance lingered like good manners (96M). 96M points
Red

1982 Château Mouton Rothschild

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
It was time for some Bordeaux, and the 1982 Mouton Rothschild set the table nicely.  There were lots of ‘greats’ going around, and our Bordeaux transition was officially and successfully achieved.  The Mouton was still young, delicious and long, full of cassis, nut and chocolate.  My notes, however, begun to get shorter and shorter.  There were only eight of us, and thirteen bottles were already down the hatch, and we were only about halfway through the night (97+). 97+ points
White - Sparkling

1982 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
The Phillipponat was disgorged in 2007, and too young accordingly.  It was spiny and full of character, but too tight and mean, for lack of a better word.  Champagnes need time from the point of disgorgement to the point of drinking; perhaps The Cardinal will pass some sort of law to ensure proper aging in the cellars of the Domaines after disgorgement. 92+ points
White

1986 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
Roger brought a rare 1986 Raveneau Chablis Valmur, at which The Punisher sneered, ‘mature, yet quite good.’  It came across cleanly for an ’86 white but was still rich and chunky.  It was sweet in a pampered way, and its palate was delicious with yellow and white grape flavors, along with papaya on its finish.  Roger hailed this smooth and excellent wine ‘a smokin’ bottle,’ and the Raveneau stole some thunder from the Leflaive.  Although ultimately the Leflaive was the better wine, the Raveneau was the wine with which to have a good time on this night (94). 94 points
White - Sparkling

1976 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
The Champagne resumed again briefly thanks to a 1976 Roederer Cristal.  The Punisher reluctantly noted, ‘quite delicious,’ and The Cardinal went even further, finding it ‘unbelievable.’  It was a great Cris for sure, showing the buttery, sweet, kinky side that makes old Cristal so good.  White cola and fruits as well as musky caramel crossed the border from nose to palate, and there was outstanding acidity as well.  While quite tasty, a hint of square wood emerged on the finish, and the ’76 started to lose steam quicker than I wanted (95). 95 points
Red

1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
The 1999 DRC Richebourg got another ‘heavy’ from Todd.  The Richebourg was deep, rippling with iron, minerals and black fruit.  Its nose was so young yet so good, but the palate was closed, adding menthol to its profile.  While 1999 is considered to be one of Burgundy’s great vintages, most recent Grand Cru experiences have been in the closed category (95+). 95+ points
Red

1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
The 1990 DRC Romanee St. Vivant that followed was dirty but good, thick with cedar and straw aromas.  It was a touch primordial and a bit earthy, but classic ’90 DRC behind that.  Meaty fruit, menthol spice and a foresty finish rounded out this slightly awkward bottle (93). 93 points
Red

1990 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
Eddie and I continued to butt heads with the No Joy, No Luck Club over the 1990 Rousseau Chambertin.  The ’90 had deep fruit with intense, reticent perfume.  It was certainly tight, but everything about it said ‘mammoth.’  It was much blacker and deeper than the ’91, which was more open and easier, so to speak, but there was no doubt in my mind what was the better wine when both glasses were empty.  The Hillbilly observed, ‘heavy and ponderous,’ although perhaps he was having an introspective moment lol (97). 97 points
Red

1991 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
Controversy re-emerged with a flight of Rousseaus, beginning with the 1991 Rousseau Chambertin.  The ’91 had that kiss of kernel I always find in this wine, but rarely in Rousseau in general.  I also noted, ‘better than usual’ in regard to the kernel, which might be a sulfur thing.  There was great, sexy spice and perfume, quite Asian with its Hoisin qualities.  Its perfume blossomed into a gorgeous rose.  Its nose was much more forward than the ’90, and I found the palate of the 1991 long, balanced and elegant.  Comparing the two vintages is where the controversy bubbled up.  While a decent number of our party preferred the 1991, Eddie and I did not, and each of our votes count twice J.  The ‘91 flirted with exceeding the 1990 for a bit, but in the end it got oakier and left behind (95). 95 points
White - Sparkling

1973 Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
The Ruinart was all about vanilla and butterscotch, morphing into a white, sasparilla cola.  While very good, it was merely that and didn’t stand out on this star-studded night. 92 points
White - Sparkling

1979 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
Controversy emerged early over Bad Boy’s 1979 Salon.  Carl, our resident Chief Oxidation Officer, had to be called in rather quickly for a ruling.  The Hillbilly was not appreciating the Salon, calling it ‘tight and metallic.’  I think he was trying to set Bruce’s goose loose, as this was a pretty special bottle.  A few profanities were exchanged; New York guys can be sensitive about their bottles J.  I happened to be on the Bad Boy’s side here; I, too, thought the Salon was ‘great,’ and one of the better ‘79s I have ever had.  There was tremendous acidity here, with the signature laser-like qualities.  Yellow and white chocolate blended together into great citrus expressions, and the Salon kept getting better and better the more time we gave it.  The Salon clearly had the best raw materials of the three; its finish went on forever.  Bruce muttered something about The Hillbilly being a ‘minuteman,’ due to his inability to show patience and stamina in getting to know the Salon.  As with half of what Todd says or does, I can’t put it in writing (96+). 96+ points
Red

1969 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

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, John Kapon
The Cardinal (9/15/2011)
The wines came out of order at times, beginning with a 1969 Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes.  ‘Stinky,’ decreed the Cardinal, and it was so.  The Hillbilly added, ‘compost and end trails,’ reminding him of home sweet home as a young Cackalackan.  It had a rusty style, with red citrus and autumnal floor action, along with some vinomy tension, although I don’t know what that means lol.  My writing sure looks like vinomy!  The acidity was quite present on the palate, along with bouillon-y fruit and dirty, backburner action.  Its fruit was spiny, red and tight, but it dried out quickly in a beefy way (91). 91 points
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