A WineBid tasting you won't forget - NYC

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, NYC

Tasted January 18, 2018 by TashNYC with 139 views

Flight 1 - White Wines (5 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Besserat de Bellefon Champagne Cuvée des Moines Extra Brut France, Champagne
91 points
The tasting began with a pour of this champagne. It was light and tasty, with small, elegant bubbles and some proper toast.

And then the food guy handed me a grilled lamb chop. Turns out, this is not a great pairing! (Who knew?). I was so distracted by the lamb chop I didn’t get the year disgorged.
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White
2013 Y de Yquem France, Bordeaux
97 points
I was in love with this wine. The nose was intoxicating and drew me in.. Taste of Mandarin orange, tangerine, lots of honeysuckle, pomello, vanilla, ginger and spice. Lengthy finish that goes on and on.

Worth the tariff. Will be interesting to age, too.
White
2014 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
92 points
I guess I am a hard grader - or maybe I just think this wine needs lots of time in the bottle. The nose was more reticent than the Ygrec that preceded it, with notes of lime, pear and a little flower. Better taste of lovely pineapple, apple, some tropical fruit and honey and spice on the finish. It was decanted for over 2 hours beforehand -- and probably needed a 24-hour decant, IMHO.

Sterling described this wine as “an angry toddler”; Neal Martin said the wine was “feral”. I imagine I would like it better with 10 years of bottle age. To me it was outshown by the Ygrec before it. Expensive for $600-700.
White
2012 Buisson-Charles Meursault 1er Cru Bouches-Chères France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
90 points
Fruit-forward, approachable. Apple, pear, mineral, maybe a little hazelnut. Would have been better to try this wine first - or with the lobster rolls. I thought Sterling said it was $50 but the pricing seems to be $90 or so.
White
2010 Marquis de Laguiche (Joseph Drouhin) Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
94 points
Vibrant, upfront fruits with notes of apple, pear, tropical fruits, spice and minerality with some spice on the finish. Very good acidiy.much better with age. Decanted for over 2 hours.

Flight 5 - California Cabernet and Red Blends (1 note)

Red
1978 Joseph Phelps Insignia USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Gret showing for this wine

Flight 6 - Dessert Wine (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Château Climens France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac
91 points
Orange, tangerine, pineapple, honey and a little spice on the finish. Tasty now but will be terrific with 10+ years of bottle age.
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