Cheval Blanc and D'Yquem dinner with Pierre Lurton and Bernard Burtschy (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): Significantly better than the last bottle but a hint of oxidative note. According to Pierre only 15hl per hectare and it showed. Incredibly concentrated dense nose displaying sweet dry red fruits, dry cherry, dry fig, plum, soy, meat, tar, chestnut and cedar. Incredible concentration, intensely sweet dry red fruit driven palate impression, dense and unctuous and still noticeable structure. I was planning to slow ox/adouze the night before but opted not to which was turned out to be not a bad thing. I thought I am an expert in opening old bottles and it back fired. I was a bit careless and put too much pressure on ah so and the cork slid and eventually fell into the bottle. I was forced to quickly decant. I believe the wine would have shown better if it was handled more gently. Most folks including myself enjoyed the wine quite a bit despite the wine being slightly madeirized.
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