Dinner with Friends (Juno - Chicago IL): This wine just keeps getting better. Lots of petrol to start with background floral notes, lots of orchard fruit aromas and some faint tropical hints. Huge, long, powerful. Great now, probably better in another decade.
Cellared since release, first time tasted. Drunk after decanting. Exquisite nose of smoke and a dash of petrol. Delicate for a Clos Ste. Hune (think German trocken more than Alsatian Riesling). Utterly and thrillingly dry, some dried papaya that you feel more than taste, and acidity that must be at the legal limit without seeming shrill or sour. Crystalline, stony, and long on the finish. It is finer and less dense than the '01 regular Frederic Emile and has more drive and intensity than other lighter weight vintages of this cuvee such as 1997, for example. I was somewhat taken aback at just how tremendously well this particular bottle showed, since 2001 doesn't have the reputation of being a great vintage for CSH. The best part is that it will go on like this for many more years. Wow.
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(Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune) Our last stop in the Right Bank was with Alexander Thienpont, the man behind Vieux Chateau Certan and Le Pin. We lunched at The Right Bank’s finest restaurant, Plaisance, which was one of the best meals that I had in 2007. Alexander brought the 2004 and 2005 VCCs and Le Pins, but we started with a 2001 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune, as it is always fun to experience other wines with the Bordelais, especially someone as into wine as Alexander. While mild-mannered and soft-spoken, there was a quiet intensity about Alexander, and I could truly feel his passion and knowledge. The Clos Ste. Hune jumped out of the glass with great peach and petrol aromatics, along with citrus and a kiss of wood. It was very fresh, and the palate had good body and balance, round with nice mineral and citrus flavors. Smooth and satiny, there were also kisses of petrol on its finish
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