Second La Paulee Warmup Dinner (Ai Fiori - New York NY): Tasted in mini DRC Echezeaux vertical, all of which were opened ~45 minutes before serving with a quick double decant. Lots of red and black cherry with allspice and nutmeg throughout. Lots of acidity and tannins were harmoniously integrated. This was my favorite wine when first poured and for the next hour; it seemed to shorten and shut down slightly by the end of the evening.
Fathers 60th Birthday; 8/31/2014-9/1/2014: Unfathomable how young and vibrant this is. I've had recent vintages from good burgundy producers with less life in them. Nose is deeply saturated and full. Light spiciness, black cherries, lots of herbs with coriander at the front. Earth, dirt, wet autumn leaves and some buttery oak aromas. Incredible intensity and packed fruit, high acidity with distinct structure and tannins. Good balance, but will get even better.
WineFanatic Grand Cru Burgundy Offline (Vancouver, BC): Tasted blind – Medium red with some bricking, although slightly darker than the 98 Groffier. The nose here had some VA at first with sweet vinegar, stemmy notes with some spice and red fruits trying to poke through, but I figured the VA may blow off so I focused on the Groffier and came back to this 15-20 minutes later. The VA was still there, but starting to subside, so I kept swirling and gave it more time. Another 15min or so later, with most of the VA gone, this wine started to shine. Beautiful Asian spice, sweet and sour dark pinot fruit, floral and a little sous-bois emerged from the glass. On the palate this was weightier and rougher than the Groffier (but by no means rough or rugged, just more so than the silky Groffier) with dusty tannins, more pronounced acidity with rich pinot and earthy flavours. Based on all the Asian spice and the palate profile, I guessed Vosne. This needed a ton of air to really show its stuff and well-stored bottles like this one have a long life ahead of them. Outstanding. 93+
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