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1928 Château Calon-Ségur

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
was ‘absolutely amazing’ to Bipin as well. Big, chunky, meaty and rich, the ’28 was consistent with the Calons of last night. The palate had lots of dust and book flavors and got a bit oaky in the glass. It was very dry, a la the 1945 93 points
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1945 Château Calon-Ségur

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
as mentioned, was also out of magnum and more pungent, but ‘you can tell the lineage of these wines on the nose,’ Greg keenly observed. Chalkier, sta! lkier an d stonier, the ’45 was the least approachable and had the biggest finish. It was much more wound up with lots of cedar; long long long and dry dry dry. Although it was the least pleasant and enjoyable wine of the flight on this night, one could see the potential for the longest evolution and another thirty or forty years of longevity easily. However, that dryness may never integrate either 94+M points
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1947 Château Calon-Ségur

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
also had a gorgeous nose, more open and expressive, perhaps due to the bottle versus magnum format. It still had that same nutty feel, with more caramel as well as aromas of dust and old book. In the mouth it had great texture and balance, both elegant and rich at the same time. Someone found it ‘Pomreolesque,’ and it was indeed plummy and chocolaty along those lines. The 1947 seemed much more naturally mature out of bottle than the ’53 or ’45 that followed it out of magnum; sometimes the youthful qualities that come with a magnum format are not necessarily better than the natural complexity that one can get out of a regular sized bottle, although Bob did find the 1947 ‘more two-dimensional’ 96 points
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1953 Château Calon-Ségur

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
served out of magnum (M) and had a fabulous nose. Classic aromas of sweet, nutty carob permeated out of its vigorous aromatics. Its palate was rich, smooth, dusty and sturdy, long and with carob and pencil flavors. Incredibly round, it kept gaining in the glass, and Greg agreed. Bob thought it had the best nose of the flight, and this 1953 proved to be another charming ’53, a vintage that has been pleasurable from the word ‘go’ according to those that know like Bipin 95M points
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1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
was the star of the flight, almost more Cote Rotie than Ermitage. There were loads of mint and black truffles in this heady wine 96+ points
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1995 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
was less concentrated, lighter and lovely but lacking the power and depth of the 1998 93 points
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1998 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
was over the top, spiny and concentrated, peppery and with great acid. I am sure it will be great one of these centuries 95+ points
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1921 Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
a Nicolas bottling, which had a ‘wow’ nose with incredible concentration, red fruits galore and a vanilla sundae exotic quality. Long, smooth and tasty, the wine was obviously reconditioned and a touch on the young side, but it was classic Cheva! l on its long finish with great wintergreen edges and rich spices. Ray thought it might be ‘wine of the weekend,’ and it was a candidate although I found it a shred sweet but still Cheval all the way 98 points
White

1990 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
Mark found it ‘a bit disappointing and lacking,’ but I was enamored with its beautiful, pure, long and smooth nose. Nutty with a touch of minerals, I saw what he meant by ‘lacking’ when comparing to the others, but I found its style to be very balanced, elegant and pure. Dried corn and white smoke flavors prevailed in this distinguished white, which had nice minerality and hidden acidity on its finish 95 points
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1992 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
was noticeably sweeter in the nose with a touch of sugar there. The nose seemed looser and not as well-knit as the previous two wines, as if it was starting to crack up a bit. There were also hints of vegetable and what I call ‘alley’ to it, but it still had the class of Coche as well. Sometimes even the classiest of people find themselves in the wrong part of town! I found the 1992 to be a lesser wine than the 1995 or 6 and less thrilling than previous bottles I have had of this wine in years past, which could have been the bottle or the fact that this was a wine/vintage that was better a couple/few years ago. Still smooth and satiny, the 1992 was holding onto excellence but lacked the character of the other vintages for me, although its nose was called ‘spectacular and tropical’ by Mark, who cited ‘Chevalier character’ 93 points
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1995 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
was similar to the ’96 in its ‘Coche’ qualities but more forward, quite perfumed with more white floral components. Its flavors were floral as well, snow white ones that were supported by minerals. The ’95 was fatter in the mouth but a hair clumsier, but not enough not to be the categorical equivalent of the 1996. Its more forward qualities, led by smoke and minerals in the mouth, m! ade up f or the fact that it had less manners than the 1996. If the 1996 was a wide receiver, than the 1995 was a linebacker. Mark found it ‘fabulous’ accordingly 96 points
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1996 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
The nose was very fresh with great spice and was signature Coche all the way. Its great aromatics of white toast, kernel and sweet buttery fruit were perfectly balanced by its superb minerality on the palate. Beautiful, pretty, long and smooth, I found it to be outstanding, despite a touch of shyness in the mouth. Mark noted ‘a lot of smoky, toasty Coche qualities…a little closed and needs time, at a bit of an awkward stage’ 96 points
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1952 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Speciale

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
Roberto Conterno’s favorite vintage, was both more seductive yet even more explosive in the nose than the ’58. The rose qualities were a touch more exotic, and the palate was a lot more intense, so long and full of A++ definition and length. Its flavors were classic rose and tar, and the finish was spectacular 98 points
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1958 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Speciale

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
had a great nose with all the classic Piedmont truffle, smoke, tar, black rose, cedar and t ‘n a. Long and spectacular with an explosive nose, it was a bit softer in the mouth but still absolutely delicious 95 points
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1945 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Stravecchio

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
had a similar color and qualities, with more honey and less structure 94 points
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1947 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Stravecchio

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
I had decided to give the 1947 and 1945 Monfortinos one last chance, as every time I had had either, not that it was that many, they had been oxidized, so I figured storage in the ‘40s was not that great in Italy. Obviously there were other concerns at the time. When the wines came out, the colors looked more like paint thinner than red wine, but something magical was in the glass this time. ‘That’s how old Barolos become,’ advised Bipin. Ray was all over its ‘power,’ while Brian called it like ‘a Fellini movie’ due to its bizarre color. It had this honeyed, truffled cheese aroma that was intoxicating, and great, sweet caramel and carob flavors. It was different yet still delicious and kept getting better and better and better. Rudy called it ‘gamy like 1911 RC,’ and Rob also picked up on its ‘truffles.’ Both of them gave it ‘5 stars plus,’ and they are very stingy with their stars. It was a special wine, and good thing, since Rob still has the other eleven bottles from the case I sold him 96+ points
Red

1993 Joseph Drouhin Musigny

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
The Drouhin had a creamy, dank nose that was edgy and very aromatic with black cherry, cola and stems. On the palate, the wine was smooth, soft and shy, really shut down and perplexing. Despite great aromatics, the palate was not showing me much 92 points
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1966 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
was the grand finale to this grand flight, and again I have given this wine 99 points before and while it was spectacular as well, I rated it a step behind near perfection…as if it makes a difference when the air is that rare! Silky and gorgeous, this was Rhone Pomerol, absolutely breathtaking; hence my short notes (98+). Actually, it was because I was getting close to ‘Hammeredtime.’ I am sure many of you know the drill 98+ points
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1969 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
is a wine that I have given the elusive 99 point score to before, and it was pretty close again. I think the only reason that I gave it a point less on this evening was the context of consistent greatness on the table. I could not argue with the notion that every wine we had would be rated a point or two higher in a different setting with less wines or lesser wines around them. Anyway, the 1969’s n! ose was meatier than the 1971’s, dripping with more fruit and a pinch of coffee. It seemed so young for its age, full of exotic blueberry and caramel aromas. It came from someone who purchased it upon release, so its freshness and youthful quality were no surprise. On the palate it was quite peppery, ‘chunky’ as Rudy noted, with a tidal wave of enormous structure. Rob found it had ‘a little bit of VA,’ but make no mistake about it, this was a spectacular wine 98 points
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1971 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
was a wicked start to this incredible trio. Intoxicating aromas of menthol, bacon and mint graced its garden fresh nose. Rich, meaty, oily, long, balanced and with superb acidity, it had it all. What was most remarkable was its Burgundian like personality, something that is always a good thing 97 points
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1929 Château Haut-Brion

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
It was a great magnum that I acquired in Europe that had a phenomenal nose. It was still dripping with cassis fruit, and the combination of its natural maturity yet incredible freshness was awe-inspiring. Mesquite, caramel, mint, tobacco, fruit, earth, gravel, old wood, old book and some baby back ribs all graced this outstanding wine’s nose and palate, although the palate had less fruit in it than the nose 95M points
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1952 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
was no slouch, either. Showing more animal and game and smoother and softer in style, it was another beauty 94 points
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1959 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
was in a perfect place, seductive and with great balance. It was a classic and super La Chapelle 95 points
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1964 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
was a touch corked and soft and simple beyond that. It was pleasant but just not inspiring given the competition 90A points
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1966 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

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, John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
also had a great nose full of menthol and t ‘n a. A touch of fig rounded out this outstanding La Chapelle, which was showing beautiful maturity 95 points
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