Stellar Night of Bordeaux; 5/15/2015-5/17/2015 (NYC): Terrific stuff. The nose was a little tight on opening, but blossoms with air showing mint-menthol, cedar, orange peel. Bright, resolved, elegant yet intense with a long finish. Classic. My third favorite of the night.
Old Bordeaux with Patrick back in town (Fabio's, NYC): A wow wine from the first sip. This has it all - those classic Graves smoky, gravelly, and pipe tobacco flavours, mature earthiness and leathery notes, and a core of red and dark berried fruit that still feels very fresh and lively. The tannin here is fully integrated, and there's bright acidity beneath keeping it very polished and lively. So elegant and long. Stunning wine.
Domaine de Chevalier Tasting (Chez Bouffard): High shoulder, awful looking cork - but when it came out, there was about a millimeter between wine coming up from the bottom and mold coming down from the top so we were safe! I decanted and immediately served this, thinking it might flag with air but it didn't. It held up well for the hour and a half over which we drank the bottle.
Beautiful, open, lovely nose with a lot of impact. Dusty, leathery, old tobacco smoke with this lithe wisp of fruit. Almost honeyed. The palate was all patina, but still tannic!
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