Dinner at Marc's

Marc's Apartment - Chicago, IL

Tasted August 15, 2016 by tooch with 415 views


A small group got together to open up some bottles on a Monday night. Marc offered up his apartment and did all the cooking. Amazing food! Each course was delicious! Big thanks to Marc for having us over.

Flight 1 (2 notes)

White - Sparkling
1998 Dom Pérignon Champagne P2 France, Champagne
92 points
Thought this showed very well. Love the bread/brioche notes of DP and they were on display with this bottle. The flavors of the palate were very concentrated, but the wine felt nice and airy. Lots of energy on the palate, too.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Savart Champagne Premier Cru L'Accomplie Extra Brut Vieilles Vignes France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
92 points
Very bright and zippy champagne. Great combination of lemon, lime, pear, and apple with some nutty undertones. Love the freshness and energy - quite the comparison when drank alongside the 1998 Dom Perignon P2.

Flight 2 (3 notes)

2000 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs-Gain France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
93 points
Definitely some nerves about whether this would oxidized or not, but we lucked out. Had a great aroma lemon peel, melon, with some oaky notes. The palate was very very nice. Great silky texture, with beautiful citrus and spice tones.
1985 Domaine Jacques Prieur Chevalier-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
88 points
Not a wine you see everyday...

Had a dark yellowish color, so my expectations were tempered. Thought it drank very nicely! With a couple minutes of air, nice lemon and lime tones emerged. Lots of orange flavor with some nutty tones to the palate were there, too, but I thought it all worked relatively well together.

Flight 3 (2 notes)

2002 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
92 points
A great example of a 2002 burgundy that shows great depth of fruit and great complexity. It seems like the current knock on 2002 Burgundy is that the complexity of many of the wines have begun to fade a bit. Here that wasn't the case. The robust 2002 fruit was on full display with cranberries, cherries, and strawberries but there were also some nice spice notes, too. Great stuff.
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1996 Domaine des Lambrays Morey St. Denis 1er Cru France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru
91 points
So stoked to open a 1996 that drank much differently than the stereotype. Lots of rich cherries and cranberries on the nose with good depth and complexity on the palate. Definitely had a darker edge to the palate than I was expecting but the tannins were soft and the acidity was fresh but not overpowering.

Flight 4 (4 notes)

1974 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
70 points
Third time I've tried this wine, and it's the third time that the wine was over the hill. Dominated by soy with a palate was that intensely acidic.
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1985 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
95 points
What a beauty. This was opened directly from the cellar so the wine was very cool at first. Despite the temperature, the aromatics were spectacular showing lots of red fruits, spices, some earth, and tobacco. Always nervous about the older Beaucastel's and whether they'll be clean or not, so it was such a pleasure to find this bottle showing perfectly. What a treat!
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1961 Château Trotanoy France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
96 points
Incredible wine. The color was dark and deep. The aromas were on point with really nice dark fruit, earth, floral notes, graphite, and tobacco. A couple commented that this had a very left-bank-type of nose. Either way, the aromas were very sexy. The palate was very youthful - some thought, if tasted blindly, they would have pegged this as maybe a 1989 or 1990 instead of a 1961. I know what you're thinking, "could this be a fake wine?" The good news is that the current owner of the bottle knows the complete provenance of the bottle, so we're in good shape there. Lots of lush dark fruit to the palate, tannins were perfectly smooth and the earthy spices were very nice.
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1961 Château Lynch-Bages France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
87 points
From half bottle. After the 1961 Trotanoy, we wanted to try it alongside another 1961 - this time, from the Left Bank. Grabbed the Lynch and popped and poured it directly from the cellar. Wasn't nearly as pristine as the Trot, but did have some nice qualities to it. The cedar, tobacco notes were lingering, but a lot of the fruit had gone away. I liked the wine, but it lived in the shadows of the Trot.

Flight 5 (2 notes)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Alois Kracher Traminer TBA #8 Nouvelle Vague Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
92 points
Thought this showed really nicely. Lots of dense fruit and the combination of the fruit and acidity created a very nice package. We had this with a selection of cheeses, and I found myself sipping my way through my glass super quickly.
White - Off-dry
2012 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Germany, Nahe
94 points
From magnum. Still showing beautifully. Tons of concentration on the palate with acidity that just seems to dance on your palate. Felt very much like a 2012 Donnhoff wine with dense fruit and lively acidity. This will be a long-lived wine.
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