Cheval Blanc and D'Yquem dinner with Pierre Lurton and Bernard Burtschy (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): As Bernard Burtschy pointed out, this was pretty tight. Fresh white fruits, citrus, granny smith, white pepper and mineral. Medium concentration, fine mousse, good acidity and clean medium finish. It is interesting that the 02 has opened up beautifully all of sudden in the last few months where the 00 remains youthful. Also this is more linear/cooler but less concentrated than the 02. For my palate the 02 is superior, about three points higher in general. Still very nice way to start.
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(Dom Pérignon) Classic Dom Pérignon: Light in color and body, fresh, and slightly yeasty, with back notes of apple and Bosc pear and a streak of chalky minerality. Fine, persistent bead. Soft and elegant. Winery Spotlight: Dom Pérignon