Dinner at MB at The Omphoy (Palm Beach, FL): I am actually going to give this wine a progressive wine score. It started as an 88 pointer and finished as a 94. At the start, it had a somewhat muted nose with lots of earth tones. It was musty and dusty, but not in a bad way. There was some underlying light red fruit. It had a thin mid-palate but a memorable finish. Did we mess up in the order by putting the DRC after the Chambertin? Most thought yes. It was somewhat overshadowed.
Then, I revisited the last ounce or so that I hid from the waitstaff as they were clearing flights of glasses. Oh yeah, magic. The wine gained weight, the red raspberry pushed to the front and mid-palate and it became elegant and expressive. Was it monumental, probably not but a great change for a Burgundy neophyte like myself to try something special. I am often (strike that, always) intimidated when we drink Burgundy because I am dazed and confused by all of the things you need to know.
Opened our own bottle at Telepan. Did not take notes at dinner but sommelier claimed when bottle was opened the cellar filled with a lovely floral and violet aroma. When brought to the table we were overwhelmed with a vegetable aroma of asparagus and hay. This blew off after about 15 minutes. Consistent with tasting notes below; earthy, some mushroom, some faded cherry and sharp acidity. We have had better from Burgundy, drink now.
A Burgundy Dinner (Nopa, San Francisco): And finally this. As light in color as the Ponsot. The nose definitely had some gaminess to it and called to mind the Broadbent descriptor of "beetroot", which I interpret as a combination of sweetness and a vegetal edge. The sweetness was artificial and unintegrated, suggesting chaptalization. On the palate, also delicate with a candied sugariness that was not terribly pleasing. Disjointed. Best right out of the bottle--all downhill from there with raspy acidity rapidly taking over. A treat to taste but certainly not great or even Grand Cru quality. Drink now or better yet, 10 years ago if you possess time travel abilities.
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