Ken's 60th Birthday

Smyth - Chicago, IL

Tasted December 1, 2018 by Nanda with 96 views

Flight 1 - KRUG (2 notes)

White - Sparkling
1986 Krug Champagne Clos du Mesnil France, Champagne
Dark color. Lacking the effervescence and energy I prefer. Showing mature flavors of bruised fruits, honey, toffee and mushroom. Too old for my tastes.
White - Sparkling
1996 Krug Champagne Clos du Mesnil France, Champagne
96 points
Following an '86, this is is much more to my tastes. Boastful nose of toasty orchard fruits and mineral. Full scale, rich and dense on the palate with driving acids and energy. Fresh, long and chiseled finish.

Flight 2 - GRAND CRU WHITE BURG (3 notes)

White
1989 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
Golden color. Nose is clearly showing oxidation with honeyed mature orchard fruits. It does have that signature mint note, which is interesting. Palate is dense but rather flat. A bottle that feels over the hill.
White
2005 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
94 points
A wow nose of big rich spice-filled orchard fruit and florals. Excellent concentration of orchard and citrus fruit. Love the density that is still so lively and juicy.
White
2005 Louis Jadot Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
Reserved aromatics and showing way too advanced on the palate. More honey and toffee notes than you'd like and texturally flat.

Flight 3 - SAUZET MONTRACHET (3 notes)

White
2006 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
90 points
06/07/08 vertical. From 750, the other two were magnums. Medium gold in color and showing some modest oxidation on the nose, which was especially notable relative to the youthfully bright 07 and 08. The palate has good richness and concentration but is missing the extra gear that both the 07 and 08 showed.
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White
2007 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
95 points
06/07/08 vertical. From magnum. Pale gold color. Gorgeous, full bright aromatics that have a laser focus with layers of orchard fruit and mineral. I found this richer/riper than the 08, which I ever so slightly preferred. Still well balanced with plenty of tension.
White
2008 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
96 points
06/07/08 vertical. From magnum. My wine of the flight and just edging out the 07. Pale gold. A wow nose that is rich, round and layered. The palate is so richly concentrated with incredible intensity. Incredibly bright, long finish of sweet orchard fruit and mineral.

Flight 4 - COCHE CORTON CHARLIE (2 notes)

White
2000 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
99 points
Side-by-side with the '03. Towering nose that is so stuffed yet generous and delineated. The palate is similarly loaded with concentrated flinty fruit. At once chewy yet still graceful with crazy length. All that it's cracked up to be.
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White
2003 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
96 points
Side-by-side with the '00. Surprisingly, I found this to be just a notch or to behind the '00. No signs of over-ripe fruit or heat. Rather, this is impeccably balanced. Kept improving in the glass. And an exotic spice note, that I really liked, became more prominent with time. Seems to have plenty of acid to keep aging. Wonderful.

Flight 5 - LEROY VOUGEOT (2 notes)

Red
1997 Domaine Leroy Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
90 points
Side-by-side with '01. Ripe nose of red cherry and baking spices. Tasty if a bit muddled, especially next to the bright and delineated 2001.
Red
2001 Domaine Leroy Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
94 points
Side by side with the 97. Sexy, exotic nose of red cherry and baking spices. Classic Leroy. Wow palate with so much suave, rich red cherry fruit. Energetic and long. Delicious.

Flight 6 - OLD DRC (WITH SOME FAKES) (3 notes)

Red
1970 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
Likely a fake as determined Burgundy Al and others. I thought this was a reasonably pleasant Vosne with aged but still fresh fruit, clay and spice. High 80s showing.
Red
1970 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
Likely a fake as determined by Burgundy Al. This was DOA.
Red
1972 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
91 points
I quite like the aromatics here, though the palate was a bit light and faded. Beguiling aromas of dried red cherry, black tea, spice and campfire. Charming, mature palate.

Flight 7 - LA TACHE (3 notes)

Red
1989 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
97 points
89/95/96 La Tache Flight. Vibrant ruby red color. Holy hell, this has incredibly intense aromas of red cherry, florals, asian 5-spice and earth tones. Palate has layer upon layer of flavor. Still rather youthful and rich. A rare treat.
Red
1995 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
93 points
89/95/96 flight. Deep ruby red. Fairly brooding and non-delineated nose of red berries and spice. Concentrated and dense red cherry with loads of asian 5-spice. Just not all working in harmony yet.
Red
1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
flawed
Unbelievably and sadly corked.

Flight 8 - OLDER LEROY (3 notes)

Red
1964 Maison Leroy Grands-Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
100 points
Side-by-side with the '66. Ethereal, sensational aromatics -- with an layered array of dried red and black cherry, 5-spice, black tea and earth. Insanely lithe with still fresh fruit and acids. Complexity for days. Seamlessly integrated and unending. Perfection.
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Red
1966 Maison Leroy Grands-Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
98 points
Side-by-side with the '64, which believe it or not was better. This had more generosity and intensity of fruit and spice. You could almost call it slutty, for a 52 year old anyway. Intense red and black cherry, 5-spice with some earth/mushroom lurking beneath. Terrific concentration to the round and lush fruit. Spice-filled finish. Wow.
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Red
1982 Maison Leroy Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
A fine wine, but not special by any means. The nose is initially bashful but opens to show mature cherry with earth tones. Lighter bodied and quite elegant. Fresh, just a bit simple.

Flight 9 - MONFORTINO (1 note)

Red
1961 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
95 points
Full nose that is amazingly youthful -- red cherry, clay, dried florals and a unique intense mint note. That palate is so fresh, ample and powerful. Still has legs to age even further, and perhaps show even more complexity. Wow.
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