Typhoon Squad at the Wine Vault: We now moved onto a pair of Rouget Cros Ps. Both bottles were fantastic and the 1989 had a lovely nose full of spice. Nice crunchy fruit and there were traces of the earthy elements too. Overall more austere and intellectual than the 1990. At a good place right now but bottles like this one will hold.
Charlie Trotter's Farewell Dinner with Montrachet, Brulees and Cros Parantoux (Charlie Trotter's, Chicago IL): Opened about 30-45 minutes before serving. Started off with a fantastically spicy nose and very dark/almost black sour cherries. Great concentration of fruit on the palate for the vintage with lovely texture all throughout. I was in the camp that the palate started shortening after 90 minutes or so, but there was some nice structure remaining to the wine, so who knows what the future holds. Nice refreshing acidity on the medium finish.
Another Final Dinner at Charlie Trotter's with "Guests" Henri Jayer, Meo-Camuzet and Rouget (Charlie Trotter's - Chicago IL): Open 30-45 minutes before serving. Big spice driven aromatic start. Lots of power and concentration on palate with robust black fruit. Very direct and textured all the way from start-to-finish, this showed more energy and acidity than almost any 1989 I can recall in recent years. We had a long discussion regarding this wine's longer-term potential and I would say I was most positive in the group, thinking this wine will start to show some exciting earthy character in another 10+ years and will still retain some freshness and energy from the structure. Others felt that the fruit started shortening after 60-90 minutes so were less optimistic on the wine's trajectory. Only time (and opening another bottle) will tell....
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