Tasting Group Dinner - Bordeaux at Heidi's (Heidi's, Minneapolis): Breathtaking stuff. Deep, stunningly youthful brilliant maroon. Fantastically expressive nose that unfolds with waves of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb, caramel, brown sugar, leather, graphite, smoke, tea, earth, and a zillion other flavors. Concentrated and intense, yet elegant and ethereally smooth on the mouth. The texture is like silk. Surprisingly, this improved steadily as it saw air, and came across as more youthful than the 62. One of the best wines I have ever had, and easily my WOTN. I would have guessed this was a 15-25 year old wine, not 87 years. This was a Vandermeulen bottle that Brad acquired from Acker, so we were all pretty confident that this was the real deal.
Wednesdays at Heidi's: This was a Vandermeulen bottling courtesy of Brad England. It was double decanted just prior to leaving for the restaurant and then vacuum sealed. The color was a deep brick/rust red -- stunning for a wine of this age. It was darker than the 62 and almost as dark as the 86. The nose was nuanced and compelling -- featuring ripe red and black fruits, smoke, tobacco and much more. The taste was another step up in intensity delivering an enthralling blend of red fruit, blueberry, raspberry, carmel, brown sugar and more. Mouthcoating. Expansive. Oh so silky smooth. Amazingly youthful. Perfect finish. It's hard not to let the 86 year old label sway your experience, but this was truely a thrilling wine.
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(Cheval Blanc) The 1921 had cobwebs and tender red fruits in its nose, along with wax and leather. One could see it was very old, but this Nicolas bottle proved about as fresh as a 1921 could be. Very gamy with lots of delicious caramel flavors, the wine was round and old, tender with lots of leather and older flavors, graceful yet forceful
(Cheval Blanc) a Nicolas bottling, which had a ‘wow’ nose with incredible concentration, red fruits galore and a vanilla sundae exotic quality. Long, smooth and tasty, the wine was obviously reconditioned and a touch on the young side, but it was classic Cheva! l on its long finish with great wintergreen edges and rich spices. Ray thought it might be ‘wine of the weekend,’ and it was a candidate although I found it a shred sweet but still Cheval all the way
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