Cantemerle/La Lagune vertical (Dobbs Ferry): There's a high toned quality to the aromatics here with a pine needle/resin-like note among the savoury fruit, earth and cedary elements. It certainly stands out from the other Cantemerles so far, but not in a bad way. This doesn't have the power I'd expect from an '82, it's leaner but well balanced with the fruit very fresh and lively, and a polished texture.
Brown Bag Wine Dinner at Two Chefs: Gerry's wine. Very good. NO FUNK(or Horses--), that overwhelms 82 Latour. My last 82's were Mouton, and Latour. I bought 10 cs of 82's as futures, based on the infant Wine Advocates advocacy. I put them in storage for 10 years, the Mouton in a damp Manhattan warehouse recommended by Morrell, the others were held by Zachy's. I started drinking the St emillon's first, Palmer, and then moved on. I loved the 82's at 10 to 12 years of age. When it came to celebrate the Millenium, I opened my next to last bottle of Latour on New Years eve at Petrossian then at Bal Harbour Shoppes. We couldn't get past the funk,that night, or the next. I then went to Hollywood Food&Wine vertical tasting. The funk wasn't MY BOTTLE, IT WAS THE WINE! I sold my last bottle through Vinfolio, for $1,200. I stopped buying Bordeaux futures after 2000. I just can't accept buying wine to lay down for 10 years, and then roll the dice. It used to be that the off unheralded vintages of Bordeaux were accessible early, and enjoyable to drink.
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(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) A lovely colour with moderate depth. Wonderful aromatics alongside plentiful aromatics on the nose. full and richly textured on the palate, but with a firm touch of grip. Some tannins still present on the midpalate, and it still seems a little austere, with a firm finish. Plenty of texture though.
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