Eleven 1998 St Emilions and a Lone Pomerol. Maybe some Yquem too (Bethesda, MD): We decided to bring in a lower growth/price point wine to help calibrate our value recognition of the horizontal. The wine held its own for its value but was largely overmatched throughout the night. The nose was more diffuse, lacking concentration and depth that the better classifications across the board had. While it was not fully mature, it had moved further along the curve than its other compatriots, showing more resolved on the mouth with less of a persistent finish. A quality value for 12 years of bottle age and readily found around 30 dollars.
1998 Right Bank Bordeaux Dinner (Rockville, Maryland): A lighter, translucent red-violet. Bouquet of rust, chocolate and plum. Smooth, simple palate. Simple, sugary finish. This has vibrant acidity which went unnoticed until tasting it with the first course. It’s drinking nice right now. [90-91]
This is far more approachable than the '98 Chambrun I had a few days previous. The fruit is deep, but well balanced with the bitter and lightly spicy tertiary flavors. In comparison to a 2000 Fombrauge, this shows more depth and better fruit too compliment the dry and earthy finish. I liked this.