Acker BYO 2012

Tribeca Grill, Tribeca, NY
Tasted Monday, December 3, 2012 by Seth Rosenberg with 679 views

Flight 1 (28 Notes)

  • 1969 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg 95 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru

    Nose: dried red flowers with a touch of blood, a touch of chemical. Sweet, sauvage. Really special on the palate: cola and brown sugar, roast meat, saline, tomato. Just beautiful with silky tannins all the way through. Elegant and perfumed with a long gentle sweet brown finish. Nose - 4-4.5/6, Palate - 6/6, Finish - 5.5-6/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-18/20.

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  • 1990 Gosset Champagne Celebris Brut 96 Points

    France, Champagne

    Medium yellow. Mature nose of creamy brioche, toast, pears, yeast and minerals. A touch cidery and very fresh. Gorgeous on the palate with a soft yet lively mousse. Incredibly sweet and creamy: sweet pear and ripe apple, maybe a touch of creamsicle, lots of toast and brioche. Screaming fruit: pear and cidery. Malt. Rich finish. Perfect right now. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 2/2 = 18/20.

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  • 2002 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet 95 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

    Light yellow. Huge Leflaive nose of lemon, brown spices, salty extract, and sweet oak. Deep but incredibly lively and fresh. Very spicy. Screaming on the palate with lots of lemon, lemon curd, minerals and sweet vanilla oak. Finish shows lemon and oak. Probably better in 5 years. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17.5/20.

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  • 1990 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 94 Points

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Medium orange-red. Beautiful nose of roasted fruit, spice, spice, spice, and barnyard funk. Not as big as I was expected, which is nice -very balanced and even elegant. A touch of heat. Cherry fruit and strudel. Creamy on the palate and very spicy, plush, and plummy, roast meat and more spice. Again a touch of heat. Delicious and balanced. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-17.5/20.

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  • 1985 Perrier-Jouët Champagne Belle Epoque 94 Points

    France, Champagne

    From Magnum. Bready and spicy nose with baked pastry and yeast. Elegant and chunky - very substantial. Creamy malt. Soft mousse - lemon, bright citrus and bread, great grain/mouthfeel. Brown flavors and spice. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.

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  • NV Jacques Selosse Initial 97 Points

    France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru

    (I have 'Disgorged 7/10 down, but I am not at all sure of that). Light yellow-green. Chalk, minerals, crushed shells. White dust and flowers. The nose radiates this powdery feel that I cannot describe well. Very different from any wine I have ever had. On the palate: very chalky and powdery yet creamy. I could lose myself in this palate and in this wine in general. Where was I? Oh yes, Chalky, dusty, driven and laser-like. Potent. Minerals and tight lemon. A singular wine, austere and focused yet full and round somehow. As I am just getting into Champagne, this wine was an epiphany for me, the perfect wine for my palate to learn from right now - complex, cerebral, austere - a thinking wine. I stand in awe. Game changer. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 2/2 = 18.5/20.

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  • 2002 Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chevalier-Montrachet 94 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

    Green and lime/lemon on nose, whipped cream or meringue, lots of sweet oak, steel and stones. Enters with lemon and lots of oak, cool, green, herbal, minerals, steel, flint. Finish of sweet lemon, oak, and steel. Very classy, oak needs a few more years to resolve. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5-5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-17.5/20.

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  • 2003 Coche-Dury Meursault 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault

    Very Coche. Salty, brown spice, good extract and acid, lemon, caramel. A little rough on the palate, but pretty damn good for an 03 - lots of lemon and spice, pretty tight, only a little 03 vibration or roast shows through, and only occasionally. A excellent bottle. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15.5/20.

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  • 1985 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru

    Faint nose - some chemicals, meat, rubber. Palate better: roses, meat, good structure and balance, spice. Good but missing something, IMO. Inferior to the 69 Richebourg. A good wine, but not impressive, given the bottle. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16/20.

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  • 1993 Emmanuel Rouget Echezeaux 96 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru

    Ruby red. Very rough and sauvage nose - really old school Red Burgundy. Horsey with hosin sauce, spice, earth, some heat. Bright raspberry-strawberry. Very burly on the palate with lots of acid and structure, sauvage and spice, plummy, meat. Good acid and soft tannins: maybe 3-5 more years and it should be perfect, but it doesn't suck now. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18/20.

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  • 1990 Domaine Leroy Clos de la Roche 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

    Bight Leroy fruit: raspberry and strawberry, cinnamon and sharp bright spices, but there is an odd green component that goes along with stemmy aspects that is too much for me. Very chewy on the palate: stems, plum and green pepper. Well made, but the flavor profile is weird. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 0.5-1/2 = 15.5-16/20.

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  • 1993 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 88 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

    I had high hopes when I got poured a glass of this, and those hope were not fulfilled. Green stems, malt, mocha - definite green pepper, spice. Still stemmy and tight on the palate, dark coffee - not too impressive. This must not be a representative bottle. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 4/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 14/20.

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  • 1988 Joseph Drouhin Grands-Echezeaux 96 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru

    Now this is more like it! Light ruby. Very spicy nose - old cherry-strawberry fruit, earth, dirt, sauvage. Palate: really pure, with sweet fruit, earth and spice. Elegant, classy, and classic. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18/20.

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  • 1988 Joseph Drouhin Musigny 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru

    A let down after the Grands Echezeaux. Soft nose of violets, soft spice, strawberries. Probably sat too long in the glass: dried flowers, berry fruit and soft tannins. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15/20.

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  • 1993 Château Mouton Rothschild

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Partial note, nose only: Very green: vegetal, green pepper and herbal, with some Mouton blue-black fruit. Cocoa, cedar, cassis, blueberry. not impressive. Nose - 3.5-4/6.

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  • 1970 Gaja Barbaresco 93 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco

    Cloudy ruby/red. Very secondary on the nose: banyard, plum, sun, citrus peel, tar. Rich on the palate with plum, citrus peel, tar, burnt coffee. Very dark profile with lots of acid. Citrus peel and burnt flavors on finish. Most mature and ready Gaja I have ever had - really excellent. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16.5/20.

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  • 1993 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Château des Ducs

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru

    I did not get a full note on this wine. Herbal nose, tannins, stems, dark sour cherry - pretty wound or tight by the time I got to it, which was after a while. Dusty tannins on the palate - cherry, stems, fine tannins. Still needs time to me, seems to be all structure.

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  • 1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche 97 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru

    Just got a small taste, but this is the real deal. Soft nose, red-purple with spice. Really sublime on the palate: mouth filling and creamy with flowers, tomato, lots and lots of spice. Amazing balance. Still has sweet fruit. So plush that I don't know how to describe it. Like a red velvet carpet. I wish I got more. Mean old 71 La Tache made that 85 LT run home to Momma! Nose - 4.5-5/6, Palate - 6/6, Finish - 5.5-6/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 2/2 = 18-19/20.

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  • 1990 Ridge Monte Bello 94 Points

    USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains

    Is there a California wine more consistent that MB? I do not think so. Huge MB nose - herbal, plummy fruit, creamy, eucalyptus. Plummy fruit, cool, smooth mouthfeel. Very old world in feel but more interesting in flavor profile - doesn't have that annoying cedar/tobacco stuff that most Bordeaux wines have. Herbal finish, dusty tannins. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.

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  • 1998 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Cuvée Creation

    France, Champagne

    Didn't get a full note: good spice on the nose, with yeast and pear.

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  • 2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo

    Way way too young - tried this a couple of times tonight. Like trying to drink a red brick wall. Give it 20 years, then try again.

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  • 1999 Harlan Estate 86 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Very dark with roasted blue-black fruits, dark cherry and plum, blackberry and chocolate. Too much heat. This wine is not in balance at all. For an entry level wine, this would be fine, but at this level, nope. A reminder of why I don't drink these wines anymore. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 4/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 0.5/2 = 13/20.

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  • 1988 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 97 Points

    Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer

    AP #15. Lemon and creamy nose, botrytis, baking spices, apricots, petrol, apple. Classic prum WS nose. Lovely on the palate, spice, apricots. Perfect balance, great acid. Creamy apricot finish. Sweet. Perfect. Love it. Simply one of the great wines of the world. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 6/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18.5/20.

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  • 1985 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Auction 92 Points

    Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer

    AP #16. Auction. From Magnum (Yes, I was drinking with Justin C tonight). A step down from the Prum. Sweet, some smoke, brown sugar and baking spices, apple. Creamier than the Prum, but less active. Palate of spice, lemon, apple and pear - soft. Spice on the finish. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16/20.

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  • 1967 Château Suduiraut 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Red-orange. Spicy on the nose. Very mature nose and palate with flavors of caramel, cinnamon. Really spicy - almost like those red atom ball candies. A mostly elegant older Sauternes. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15/20.

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  • 2000 Château d'Yquem 86 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Lots of oak, sweet caramel and butterscotch. Not great balance - too much heat for the fruit. Not a great Yquem IMO - more ripe/roasted aspects than lively. May get better, but will never be great. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 4/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 0.5/2 = 13/20.

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  • 1977 Graham Porto Vintage 85 Points

    Portugal, Douro, Porto

    Decent but not great. Shows a standard port profile, and the palate is decent, but just not an impressive showing. Nose - 3.5/6, Palate - 4.5/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 0.5/2 = 12.5/20.

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  • 2001 Château d'Yquem

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Partial note: nose only. Very sweet and young. Waxy and thick nose of creme brulee, marzipan, nuts, vanilla. Very creamy but clearly needs time. Seems to have the right stuff however. Nose - 5.5/6.

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