Olde Wine Dinner 1925-1966

Chez Kailin Cellars

Tasted April 3, 2016 by jlgnml with 472 views


A gathering of 10 of us to open olde wines and talk about history (lots of baseball trivia). Great food, great company and great wines.

Flight 1 - Chef's selection of 4 appetizers. (3 notes)

White - Sparkling
1959 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Piper Brut Extra France, Champagne
Out of a half btl and several were opened but most were flat. This was very old, sweet taste was better than a bad nose.
White - Sparkling
1974 Deutz Champagne Blanc de Blancs Vinotheque France, Champagne
Good nose, good bubbles feel on the palate, orange peel, good color
White - Sparkling
1975 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne France, Champagne
94 points
Tasty, Amber color, old nose which was developed and integrated. Nice flavor on the palate and had some vigor.

Flight 2 - Potato Leek Soup (2 notes)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1947 Moulin Touchais Anjou Blanc France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Anjou
94 points
Apricot almost syrupy color, high acid, green apple carmalization, delicious and God better in the glass and a fantastic compliment to the Potato Leek soup.
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1947 Colnot a Rochecorbon Vouvray France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray
94 points
Initially old sneaker smell right out of the btl. Very deep Apricot color, needed time to develop and open in the glass, which it did. Clean finish, almost dessert like.
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Flight 3 - Wild Mushroom Cannelloni and Homemade Ricotta (2 notes)

We also had a 1949 J Henri Remy Chambertin which had a wonderful color, great earthy smell and a great palate feel with a long finish.

1928 Chanson Père & Fils Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
Initially right out of the btl I thought this was dead. Allowed to breath and develop in the glass allowed this wine to show its classic structure. Rusty color.
1942 Thomas Bassot Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
90 points
Asian spice, light color and light on the palate as some if not all the fruit was stripped out. Still a great wine to have in the grouping.

Flight 4 - Scottish Salmon with Braised Lentils and Red Wine Butter Sauce. (3 notes)

1942 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja
Delightful, darker color, bricking. Half the group like the wine.
1958 Palacio de Arganza Bierzo Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo
95 points
Wow. Delicious, great color with a wonderful mouth feel and finish. Tasty as the other half of the group liked this (birth year wine of Kenny's) with the Scottish Salmon.
1966 Berberana Rioja Carta de Oro Crianza Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
Musty color and a bit corked.

Flight 5 - Braised Rack of Lamb with Parsnip Purée and Carrots (3 notes)

1909 Château Lafite Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
While the btl was old, the fill was way to low and thus DOA. Smelled like an old musty basement. It was a negociant bottling.
1925 Château Ausone France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Nice nose, lighter color, bacon, spice, sweet finish.
1925 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
Super color, deep coffee nose, good flavor with a really nice finish. Both glasses of '25 faded over time.

Flight 6 - Cheese Course (4 notes)

I remember blue cheese.

1947 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
Lighter color, good flavor, hollow on the palate, so something was missing. Still great.
1949 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
92 points
Darker more mature color and feel on the palate. With the cheese course, this was really a nice pairing.
1969 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
It's getting late and no notes but still a good bottle.
1967 Château Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
Great opportunity to have a very good btl from an off year.

Flight 7 - Chef's Surprise (3 notes)

Some sort of milk dish that stood up to these great wines.

White - Fortified
1827 Quinta do Serrado Madeira Boal Portugal, Madeira
First real Maderia experience. Dark and clean color, needed time to develope biut I can see the potential. Very good.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1929 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
96 points
OK, the fill on the btl was 4 inches below the cork which fell thru when I touched it. The wine was a treat, dark, molasses, very long finish, WOTN were some comments. I thought the evening was the best I have attended in a long time. Very happy and brought a taste home for Linda to taste.
White - Fortified
1845 Berry Bros. & Rudd Madeira "Old Bual" Portugal, Madeira
95 points
Now it's late.


A great evening put together by our host Kenny. Warm weather outside (72) and now this morning as I write this its 35. I am still savoring the wines from the '75 Taittinger, '47 Colnot, '49 J Henri, '25 Cos, all the Montrose, really olde Maderia and of course the '29 d'Yquem. Thank you for an outstanding evening.

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