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Red

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

Red Rhone Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
was extraordinary, as always. So wound and with amazing structure, the wine still managed to stay impeccably balanced. It is clearly pulling away from the 1990 98 points
Red

1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

Red Rhone Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
was no slouch but was beefier, more forward and weedier with more garden and earth characteristics. It still had a long finish and great acidity; it's just that the '89 smoked it 95 points
Red

1945 Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
was out of magnum, and it was a bit sterile by comparison to the other '45s. Shy and funky with some dried out flavors, I decided to (DQ) it. DQ points
White

1996 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
Showing even better than it did upon release, the Coche had an unreal nose that was so pure, toasty, balanced and elegant that it felt like a dream, a very good dream. The acidity, purity and length in the nose were divine - there was perfect harmony of the nut, mineral and smoke components. It was as close to perfect as a white Burgundy could be. The palate was no disappointment with its great flavors and acidity, its big, long finish and its classic profile. Sandra, a self-proclaimed foodie first, was caught up in its oily texture. What a wine 98 points
Red

1978 Domaine Dujac Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
was an anti-climactic finish to the flight, although it was an excellent wine. The nose had more musk than any other Dujac, possessing a lot of sex appeal and a sweet perfume. Rich, creamy and delicately playful with its red cherry bing twinge, the palate was soft, smooth and supple, easy like Sunday morning and quite nice; just anti-climactic 93 points
Red

1978 Domaine Dujac Charmes-Chambertin

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
had a great nose in its own right. Long, brooding and deep, its nose had a fabulous balance between its t 'n a and its black and purple fruits. Brian called it 'singing,' and it seemed to have amazing vigor. There were tons of citric tang, depth and super long acidity. The wine was definitely backsided on the palate but still great, with just a kiss of brown sugared maturity. However, the Charmes faded quickly in the glass, going from outstanding to just excellent in a short period of time. With more time, it might have dropped even further, but it was even better than my score indicates for at least twenty or thirty minutes 93 points
Red

1978 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
which was at last year's event and showed spectacularly, gave an encore performance worthy of many 'Bravos!' It had an amazing nose with great depth. Its black cherry fruit was perfectly balanced by the vigor of its cedar, earth and t 'n a. Its power on the palate was only matched briefly by the Charmes, but the Clos de la Roche had a level of silk and finesse unmatched by any other wine in this flight. I think I gave this wine 98 points last year. Chalk the one less point to the Romanee Contis 97 points
Red

1978 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis

Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
The Clos St. Denis was almost a bridge between the first two Dujacs, though more reserved and restrained. There was nice underlying t 'n a, and the wine was much more feminine in style. The nose had great earth, nut and spine (most spiny so far), but it was not about the 'oomph,' and that was just fine by me. The palate was beautifully pure; classic, restrained and long 95 points
Red

1978 Domaine Dujac Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
had another gorgeous nose with more black fruits, game and sauce than the Charmes. It also had beautiful earth aromas and a nice pinch to it. The palate was a bit softer with more earth, garden and game flavors. Soft, easy and beautiful, the Echezeaux was more classically 'gamy like '78,' someone remarked, while another called it 'the best Echezeaux Dujac ever made.' I think he only made one barrel if memory serves me correctly 94 points
Red

1945 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
out of magnum. It had a classic nose with cedar, leather, tobacco, iron and lots of vigor. There were also nuts, underlying yet broad plummy fruit, chocolate kisses and nice t 'n a in the nose. The palate had flavors of cedar, old wood, black fruits and carob. The Gruaud was long and round with a nice, dusty finish 94 points
Red

1988 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne

Syrah more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
was much more wound up yet a lot less vigorous. Smooth and supple, it was a lot less complex than the La Mouline and should have been served first in retrospect. It was still an excellent wine, but just not that exciting after the La Mouline 93 points
Red

1988 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

Syrah more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
was the class of the flight (what else is new?). It had a beefy, roasted, earthy and gamy nose full of t 'n a. Its palate was great; rich, long and hearty with lots of game, garden and earth flavors. Long and tasty with lots of vigor on its finish, the La Mouline was still silky smooth 96 points
Red

1988 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque

Syrah more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
was 'all coffee,' Marc observed, and it was much more kinky in style than the previous two wines in that uniquely La Turque way. Rich, long and chunky, the bottle was outstanding, and the wine was much mightier than my pen by this point 95 points
Red

1945 Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
This particular magnum was very hedonistic; it was what I called 'caramel city.' Rich and luscious, I couldn't help but wonder if this magnum was reconditioned as it tasted a bit 'topped off.' It still had great balance, finish and length and was so hedonistic with its caramel and nut qualities. It was definitely outstanding, but it did not achieve the heights that the bottles we had sourced for last year's event reached 96 points
Red

1959 Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
was noticeably more intense with its classically rich and meaty nose. Intense and long in every which way, it was full of smoke, tobacco, earth and gravel. As previously mentioned, it was reconditioned, and while this magnum was still outstanding, it did not reach the heights of original bottles that I have previously had, which is often the case with reconditioned bottle 95 points
Red

1985 Henri Jayer Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
had an amazing nose full of acidic vigor and a pinch of cat's pee, slate and almost cedar. Rose and black cherry fruit lurked underneath, and the palate was long with a great tension of cedary spice to go with its cherry fruit flavors. Someone called it the 'freshest Jayer I have ever had,' but it seemed to get clumsier in the glass as more wood flavors emerged 94 points
Red

1985 Henri Jayer Richebourg

Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
shattered the rest of the wines around it. The Richebourg was stylistically similar to both of the first two wines but had more elegance and breed. The nose had the most finesse and style by far, possessing great earth and leathery tension. The acidity was spectacular and miles ahead of the other Jayers in that regard, and its richness, weight and length in the mouth were something extra special. An intense wine, the Richebourg also had some pungent cat action, but in a Halle Berry kind of way. Meow 97 points
Red

1985 Henri Jayer Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux

Pinot Noir more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
had a shy and shut down nose at first, slowly opening to reveal game, forest, mushroom, cedar, mahogany and plummy fruit. While its nose was smooth and satiny, its palate had the cat's pee pungency, too. Long, chalky and a bit square at first, the Cros Parantoux had excellent ceramic and slate flavors, and more citric tension and flavors came out with aeration. The wine kept gaining in the glass and surpassed the Echezeaux. A pungent wine, it might not be for everyone, but I found it just making the outstanding grade 95 points
White - Sparkling

1959 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Collection

Champagne Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
The 1959 won. It had more vigor and was longer and just gorgeous 96 points
White - Sparkling

1961 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Collection

Champagne Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
was still excellent, sweeter in its fruit but with less acidity 94 points
Red

1945 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
had a much more gravelly nose but still a great pinch of cedar, lots of interior vigor, minerals, tobacco and that Graves smokiness. There was rich, caroby fruit underneath. The palate was long and gravelly, outstanding with its great structure and smooth finish. The wine was a bit on the gravelly side; there are two types of La Missions: the gravelly bottles and the rich, chocolaty and plummy ones . even for bottles from the same vintage, I swear! I much prefer the latter style, but this magnum happened to be the former 95 points
Red

1959 Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
despite the handicap of being opened about 12 hours prior, was still the class of the flight to me. It was rich and honeyed in its cassis qualities and clearly had the best acidity of any wine in the flight. It was still big and round despite its smoother and suppler overall character, and it was indubitably a great magnum 96 points
Red

1975 Château Lafleur

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
had some slight must to its nose at first but divine fruit behind it, purple with kisses of rain and blue. It was long and subtle in the nose, more so than I expected, so shy yet still nutty, grapy, musky and sexy. Its finish was massive with loads of cedar, tannins and acidity. Rudy keenly observed that 'Lafleur is already more tannic than most, so in a year like 1975, it really stands out.' He went on to site the '85 and how concentrated it was in a lighter vintage. Nuts and olives came out in its secondary profiles, and the wine was incredibly extracted and still backwards 97 points
Red

1985 Château Lafleur

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
had a very shy nose at first but really opened up in the glass. Rob found it 'so exotic,' and it was meaty, rich, long and with great breed. The usual plums and chocolate were second fiddle, but Rome was still burning. There was a lot of t 'n a to this wine, which had a huge finish but somehow remained balanced. There is atypically more alcohol and acidity than any other wine in Bordeaux from this vintage; come to think if it, I think this is the wine of the vintage. Rudy remarked that the 1985 'will be like the 1955.' Since I once had a near-perfect experience with a 1955, that was high praise indeed! The 1985 Lafleur remains undervalued and is a truly great wine 96+ points
Red

1995 Château Lafleur

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

Vintage Tastings

, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year II, 2005 (11/22/2005)
was such a baby compared to all the other wines we had had. It had plummy fruit and a counterbalance of minerals, nuts and stones. It was a pure, classic, Lafleur nose. Big, rich and long, its palate had a great expression of minerality with lots of iron on its finish. Again classic and again a baby, I think the next time this will make the Top 100 will be for Year XXXII 95 points
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