Dinner at Ceres Table

Ceres Tables - Chicago, IL

Tasted November 12, 2014 by tooch with 371 views

Introduction

Matt Goldman was in town for a conference and a couple folks got together to open some bottles and welcome him to town. I was really happy that we had some snow flurries outside...always fun to see the terror on the face of SoCal residents when they experience our weather!

Flight 1 (8 notes)

White - Sparkling
1998 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésimé France, Champagne
92 points
Thought this was beautiful. Lots of energy and firm orchard fruit here. I revisited this late in the evening, and there was a really nice custard/bready/brioche note that was gorgeous. I had tried this a couple months agp, and the bottle tonight seemed to be more precise and elegant. Gorgeous!
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Red
2006 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru
91 points
Decanted for 4 hours. A very pure and berry-driven nose. There was a touch of soft oak that was noticeable too. The palate was pure and while a bit simplistic, absolutely delicious. My hope is that with time this develops more depth/complexity, but it already has a strong "deliciousness" factor.
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Red
2006 Louis Jadot Mazis-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
Decanted 4 hours. A bit of a bruiser at first, this took a lot of time to flesh out. By the end of dinner, the berry and earth flavors deepened and fleshed out a lot. No question there's some really nice material in there, but it's in one of those funky "valleys" of its evolution. Definitely wait on opening these for a bit - my best guess is another 3-5 years.
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Red
1993 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
94 points
Super pretty and elegant pinot. Aromas of florals, red cherry, and autumnal tones like leaves, spice, and earth. The palate was in a great place too - flavors seemed perfectly integrated and deep. Lots of elegant floral and berry notes made this just a treat to drink.
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Red
1995 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
93 points
While still a bit firm and brash, there was a lot to like here. At first I commented, "this tastes like a wool sweater dipped in cranberry juice" as the tannins were firm and intense. As we moved into dinner (and the wine got more air) the tannins softened up a lot and we paired it with a beautiful pappardelle and truffle dish. What a combo! The wine was just magnificent with the dish as the flavors of each seemed to be amplified. The truffles popped, and the Giacosa's rose/earth/tar/berry tones seemed elegant and refined.
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Red
1999 Domaine Arlaud Clos St. Denis Reserve Cuvée Unique France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos St. Denis Grand Cru
92 points
Really pretty bouquet of roses, cherries, some wet earth, and spice on the nose. The palate was in a nice spot - soft, supple, and deep. Definitely got better over the course of the night, too, and the berry and floral tones seemed to get prettier and fleshier.
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Red
1999 Domaine Arlaud Bonnes Mares Cuvée Unique France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
93 points
Compared to the Clos St. Denis Cuvee Unique drank alongside this, there was a bit more heft to this one. It was one of those situations where this was the more masculine of the two wine featuring more intense tones of berries, earth, and florals. Dark and deep, this is just beginning to enter into the early stages of its drinking window. Delicious stuff.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1976 Schneider Neirsteiner Oelberg Silvaner Beerenauslese Germany, Rheinhessen
93 points
Served blind. I thought this was far younger than it actually was...the acidity was crackling, and the flavors were intense. Lots of apricot, exotic floral notes, some creaminess, and white cherries. Gorgeous wine that was drinking incredibly well!
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