CT Offline VI--San Antonio Edition

San Antonio, TX

Tasted October 19, 2013 by ckinv368 with 578 views

Introduction

Wanted to get down to the event much earlier, but was stuck in Dallas Friday and Saturday morning. Missed the Friday tasting, and the Saturday afternoon tasting, but got there for Saturday night, and really enjoyed it! Great batch of wines!

Flight 1 - Champagne (3 notes)

White - Sparkling
2000 Dom Pérignon Champagne France, Champagne
93 points
Crisp, floral, citrus, notes of honeysuckle, lychee, honey, and wildflowers. Smooth, silky, really quite enjoyable. Good acidity that shows this one may have some more maturing to go. Drink now, or hold over the next several years prior to opening. May have a long life ahead of it operating at a high level.
White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne France, Champagne
95 points
Sweet, smooth, lots of wildflowers, with honeysuckle, and honey notes. Less acidic and less citrus notes than the 2000. Extremely smooth, approachable, just a hint of yeast and toast. Best Dom tasted out of the '00, '02, and '03 this weekend. Absolutely fantastic effort!
White - Sparkling
2003 Dom Pérignon Champagne France, Champagne
92 points
Much more yeasty than either the 2000 or the 2002. Yeasty, very dry, but a little buttery / oaky. More notes of Lychee than either the 2000 or the 2002. Muted, with even a little hint of white pepper on the very end of the palate. Still a great wine, but my least favorite out of the lineup of '00, '02, and '03. Just doesn't seem quite as refined as the others.

Flight 2 - Whites (4 notes)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2002 Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon Clos de Sainte Catherine France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Coteaux du Layon
93 points
Sweet, savory, berry, smooth, with notes of peach, pear, apricot, white peach, and cherry. Delicious!
White
2002 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
93 points
Lots of citrus, blueberry, blackberry, floral notes, hints of white pepper and some sweet onion. Fresh. No notes of oak, butter, or otherwise. Remarkably refreshing, fresh, and delicious. Some notes of flint and a hint of graphite as well. Really wonderful effort.
White
2005 Domaine Barmes-Buecher Riesling Hengst France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru
90 points
Certainly not overly-sweet. Dry, earthy, complex, with hints of lychee mixed with forest, moss, and chili / white pepper.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
92 points
Sweet, unctious, full of honeysuckle, honey, a hint of pepper, apricot and tangerine. Absolutely beautiful effort, that was made even better by the foie gras it was paired with. Beautiful combination!

Flight 3 - Reds (8 notes)

Red
2007 Littorai Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
91 points
Somewhat astringent on the front of the palate. A bit sweeter than you would expect. Very fruit forward. Blueberry, and blackberry. Seems like this will drink well and likely improve over the coming few years.
Red
1982 Hanzell Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
93 points
Exceptionally well balanced. Smooth, full of cigar box, cedar, pepper, and with just the right amount of tannin and fruit for a wine this age. Not hugely fruity (still got some from this tasting though), but exactly what a well-aged Cab should be--powerful, spicy, yet refined and graceful. Will last for several more years, but can certainly drink now.
Red
2003 Château L'Evangile France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
93 points
Sweet, spicy, tannic, astringent. Blackberry, spicebox, oak, cedar, cigar-box, white pepper. Powerful. Will improve even more with age, and imagine it will become extremely refined in its old age. Has the bones to make it, and become great! Hold.
Red
1996 Château L'Evangile France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
92 points
Full of almonds, walnuts, black fruits, blackberries, smooth tannic structure. And has the acidity and structure to last for another 15 years. Has not yet plateau'd I don't believe, but will be there in 2-3 years more than likely, and will continue as an excellent drinker for some time thereafter.
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Red
1988 Château Meyney France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
90 points
Enormous amounts of blood, roast beef, iron, mushroom, vegetal, spice and cigar box, and all things old-school, well-aged bordeaux should be. Not a lot of fruit left on this one (if any) but that's perfectly ok. Enjoyable. Drink now.
Red
1998 Château Calon-Ségur France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
91 points
Nutmeg, roasted meat, white pepper, cedar, lots of carmelized onion and green pepper. But still a nice amount of finesse. Drinking really well, and imagine it will continue to do so for some time in the future. Smooth, and getting to that silky earthiness that well-aged bordeaux exhibits.
Red
1997 Château Léoville Barton France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
92 points
Notes of meat, white pepper, oak and mushroom. Very tannic and still astringent. But after about 2 1/2 hours of slow oxidation, this has really found its own. Drinking superbly right now. Great meaty and very earthy essence. This will probably improve slightly over the next 2-3 years, and then plateau for quite a while thereafter.
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Red
2007 Domaine Pierre Gelin Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
93 points
Notes of mushroom and forest floor on the nose. Roses, blackberry, and some truffle notes. Smooth, without much tannin. Delicious.

Closing

Was definitely a great event, and was sad I couldn't be involved in the other two tastings. But the dinner we were there for was excellent, with wonderful wines shining all the way around!

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