Birthday Bash with Pig

Chicagoland

Tasted May 22, 2010 by psmith with 911 views

Flight 1 (3 notes)

Couple of openers

White
2000 Bouchard Père et Fils Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
From 6L. Really good. Waxy and youthful. Citrus, some butterscotch hints. Full bodied, with a nice mineral undercurrent but more than enough fruit to match. Great acidity. Expected this to be great, but exceeded expectations - really good.
White
1996 Pierre Morey Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
From 1.5L. Hazelnut oil nose, with some oxidation showing. Full bodied, round, and viscous palate. Honeyed notes. Not quite there, but some nice elements.
White
2000 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Ripe citrus and tropical fruit. Nice tension, with some waxy notes, and a very rich, forward palate. Some alcohol on the finish. Very ripe, but nice wine.

Flight 2 (2 notes)

With crab cakes + grilled halibut

White
2003 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
From 1.5L. Great tropical fruit notes. Not as big as I remember. Firm acidity and mineral backbone. Very nice.
White
2000 Sine Qua Non Roussanne The Hussy USA, California
From 1.5L. Petrol notes. Somewhat top-heavy. Waxy, weighty body, with lots of alcohol. Fading.

Flight 3 (2 notes)

Morel soup

Red
1964 Château Angélus France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Some dirty laundry on the nose, along with a nice spice undercurrent. More elegant styling. Nicely rounded palate with red fruit notes. Enjoyable.
Red
1964 M. Chapoutier Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
Muted aged red fruit and spice. Surprisingly simple, but still alive. Well-rounded, and certainly fully mature. OK.

Flight 4 (2 notes)

Grilled quail

Red
1998 Domaine Anne Gros Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
Still very young, and even a bit closed. Medium bodied. Sexy red fruit notes. Somewhat rough tannins. Very nice elements.
Red
2001 Domaine Anne Gros Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
Really fine structured and svelte compared to the 1998. Same great, sappy red fruit and mineral components. Very young. Really nice.

Flight 5 (6 notes)

More quail

Red
1990 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
This is really good. Earthy red fruit notes. Sappy. Still very young and even somewhat primary, but for a reasonably rounded structure with few edges. Stunning stuff.
Red
1991 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
Mostly sous-bois notes and red fruits. Mature. Medium bodied. Masculine styling. Really nice.
Red
1998 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
Some hints of sulfur. Red fruits. Very hard-structured and a bit hard to read at this stage. Needs time.
Red
1999 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
Great elements, but a heavy dose of sulfur masks these now. Robust red fruits. Fine structure. Mineral notes. Should be stunning at some point.
Red
2003 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru
This is delicious. None of the spoof or saccharine notes that sometimes plague '03. Deep dark fruit notes. Plush feel, but grainy tannins complement things nicely. Young but great.
Red
1976 Georges Lignier et Fils Clos St. Denis France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos St. Denis Grand Cru
From 3L. Amber color. Dusty old fruits. All sous bois - rustic and acidic. Not especially tannic for '76. OK, but firmly in the "would have been better a few years ago" camp.

Flight 6 (3 notes)

Roast suckling pig and beef

Red
1998 Château Ausone France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
From 1.5L. This is great. Medium bodied. Sexy and elegant dark fruits and a great clarity to everything. Floral notes. Certainly young, but enough balance that this can really be enjoyed anytime. Fine tannins. Really good.
Red
1996 Château Valandraud France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
From 1.5L. Consistent with last note, but an oaky note on the finish I don't normally find in Valandraud. Medium bodied. Tobacco and dark fruits. Nice wine.
Red
1995 Château Léoville Las Cases France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
From 1.5L. Refined, dark fruits and muted graphite/tobacco notes. Surprisingly elegant. Fine structure. Very nice.

Flight 7 (2 notes)

Red
1996 Harlan Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
From 1.5L. Characteristic ripe fruits. A surprising green streak I don't normally find with Harlan. Plush. Fine structure. Very nice.
Red
2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon 25th Anniversary SunSpot Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
From 1.5L. Flashy red and black fruit. Graphite notes. Plush, round wine. Reminds me a lot of Hillside. Grainy tannins. Very young. Really nice.

Flight 8 (6 notes)

Red
2000 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée da Capo France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
From 1.5L. This actually seems restrained next to the Clos st. Jeans. Meat and tobacco notes. Fine structure. Well balanced. Nice but doesn't stand out.
Red
2003 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
From 1.5L. Big, flashy wine. Deep dark fruit liqueur. Alcohol. Fine tannins. Tame style versus the more recent releases. Solid.
Red
2007 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Sanctus Sanctorum France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
From 1.5L. Huge wine. Châteauneuf liqueur. Very similar to the '07 Machina. Grenache-driven sweaty leather notes. Lots of alcohol. Intense. Very enjoyable, but not for everyone.
Red
2000 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Surprisingly tame. Dark grenache notes and a meaty, tobacco and cassis streak. Only a bit of the rusticity I normally get from Bonneau. Nice.
Red
1998 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
From 1.5L. Surprisingly good modern La Chapelle. Dark fruit. Tobacco. Grainy tannins. Firm. Very young.
Red
1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
Surprisingly tame. Firm tannins and somewhat muted dark fruit. Showing very little. Still have yet to see anything special in this wine.

Flight 9 (3 notes)

After hours

Red
2002 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
Very young and wrapped up. Dark fruit. Tense. Some spice and hard tannins. More masculine styling. Hard to read right now, and current impression is less enjoyable than the '02 Amoureuses.
Red
2002 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
Delicious wine. Very Roumier in style with a pure, clean red/black fruit quality. Even being very young few seams, and a firm structure on the finish. This is great.
Red
1918 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
Murky. Dead.

Flight 10 (3 notes)

After after hours

Red
1997 Giuseppe Quintarelli Cabernet Alzero Italy, Veneto, Veneto IGT
Chocolate and port. Sweet sense to the nose. Big, full bodied wine. Fine tannins. Still very young. Delicious.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1988 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
Honey and citrus notes. Tropical fruits. Great combo of viscous and full bodied, and balancing structure. Really nice.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rieussec France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
Ripe citrus, tropical fruits, and honey notes, but as always a great brightness and vibrance. Still very young. Wonderful clarity. Delicious.
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