Thomas (and Charlie) Comes to Town

RPM Italian - Chicago, IL

Tasted September 14, 2014 by tooch with 264 views

Introduction

Thomas and Charlie came to town for work and a we headed to RPM for dinner. Got my favorite table in the restaurant and our 6 top had a great night. Food was super as always, and we were taken great care of. Always recommend doing wine dinners at RPM...

Flight 1 (9 notes)

White - Sparkling
2008 Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Special Club France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
93 points
A seriously great Special Club. Tons of floral and lemon/lime notes on the nose. Just buzzing with energy and minerals this is so young and beautiful. Could have drank this wine all night, but it was gone so quickly.
White - Sparkling
2006 J.L. Vergnon Resonance France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
92 points
Delicious stuff with nice yeasty notes. Loved the lime and pear notes on the palate...and it had this really nice wet slate/mineral thing going on too. Tons of polish and elegance. Great stuff.
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White
2012 Ceritas Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
93 points
Super bottle. Lots of wet slate, lemons, and pears. Uber fresh with layers of florals and citrus tones on the palate...just a gorgeous wine. Clearly, Ceritas makes the finest chardonnays in the USA.
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White
2009 Williams Selyem Chardonnay Drake Estate Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
86 points
Super buttery and oaky. Lots of limes and lemons on the palate...maybe needs time for the oak to die down. This is in a rough stage of its adolescence.
Red
1997 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
87 points
Started off really nice, but quickly faded for me. Nice dark fruits, some earth, and a sweet tobacco note. With air, this got really sweet and candied and began to thin out. Nice while it lasted!
Red
2005 Domaine Les Roches (Alain et Jérome Lenoir) Chinon France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon
90 points
Better than the bottle I tried in the spring. Decanting this was good...the rustic cabernet franc nose really built up and showcased nice red fruits, lots of green pepper, and floral notes. Great length and balance on the palate - maybe about 5-10 years away form peak.
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Red
1981 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
88 points
81 has been a fickle year in BDX for me. Some are great, others are shot. This kinda straddled both. It started off with some really nice cherry, tobacco, and earthy notes, but quickly descended into an acid bath. Really enjoyed it when it was first opened.
Red
1997 Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Le Coste Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
84 points
Very rich and primary. The fruit is super dark, and warm. Thought this was good, but a bit too juicy/modern/rich for my taste...probably a combination of vintage and producer.
Red
1998 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
A really nice example of Right Bank 1998 goodness. The fruit was still a bit primary but shows great potential. Had a nice rustic edge to it of earth, smoke, and violets. Good length and potential for improvement.
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