Pre-Auction Dinner (Morini): Spectacular nose of rose petals and barbecue pit. Savory, peppery, smoky, just mouthwatering aromas. Big currant and blackberry in the palate. More smoke throughout. Robust and savory but also very pretty. This absolutely slays everything else in the flight. A moving glass of wine, wow. Making a strong case for wine of the night out of a very impressive line up including a flight of '99 GC Burgundies.
Northern Rhone blind dinner. Quite deep purple still. Aromatically a touch plastic with black fruit. Mid-weight, but very long towards alcoholic and slightly unbalanced. Ranked last and 1995 Chave did not score highly either. My second experience with this wine and neither impressed...
Rhone night at Nicolas. Deep red, touch of bricking at the rim. This was very similar to the 1983 served in the same flight, with more intensity, length and complexity. Very attractive nose of crushed violets, incense, smoke, roasted meats and blueberries. Again, I couldn't get the same enjoyment on the palate. I felt the wine lacked some acidity (maybe I'm just too used to Burgundies) and appeared a little clumsy. There was some good black and blue fruit, smoke, tar, wood and old leather on the palate, but nothing really exciting.
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