An evening of vinous gems

Benoit

Tasted February 20, 2019 by nywine68 with 100 views

Introduction

An absolutely spectacular line-up. The 1961 Bordeaux were true classics. Every single wine retained its vibrant fruit and the structure of each wine was perfect. No flab, no drying tannins, just chiseled perfection. These wines are nowhere near done and will easily last another 2 decades or more.

The two Burgundies were out of this world, to say nothing of the opening Champagne and closing Sauternes.

Flight 1 (1 note)

White - Sparkling
1982 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill France, Champagne
98 points
Spectacular! One of the best Champagnes I've had. A huge nose that leaps from the glass. Very fresh despite its age. Beautiful caramel notes. So delicious

Flight 2 (2 notes)

White
1979 Lur-Saluces "Y" France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur
93 points
Somewhat waxy. Smells and tastes just like a (sweet) Sauternes.
White
1964 Lur-Saluces "Y" France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur
95 points
Fresh and vibrant. Spicy notes with orange marmalade. Sherry notes. A slight metallic finish.

Flight 3 (1 note)

Red
1978 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
98 points
Spectacular nose of strawberries. Gorgeous barnyard flavors. Full flavored yet virtually weightless. Absolutely beautiful.

Flight 4 (2 notes)

Red
1961 Château L'Evangile France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
96 points
Phenomenal structure. Lots of fresh dark fruit. Nice backbone of acidity. Awesome complexity. This is very classic.
Red
1961 Château Figeac France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
97 points
Round and full-bodied. A long finish of licorice and earth. Decadent.

Flight 5 (3 notes)

Red
1961 Château Latour Grand Vin France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
97 points
Not a very expressive nose. An impeccable classic structure. Jammy dark fruit balanced by beautiful fresh acidity. True class.
Red
1961 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
99 points
This is perfectly balanced. This majestic wine has loads of youthful fruit but also layers of complexity. Despite its fruit, it is very light on its feet. Absolutely delicious and impossible to put down.
Red
1961 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
98 points
The Merlot character really stood out in the Palmer next to the Latour and Mouton. Dark brooding fruit with amazing complexity. Another step up from the two (delicious) right bank wines (Evangile and Figeac)

Flight 6 (2 notes)

Red
1961 Château Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
97 points
A beautiful smokey nose. Very nicely structured. Dark cassis flavors with layers of complexity. A very classic aristocratic wine.
Red
1961 Château La Mission Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
97 points
I had this wine 2 weeks ago and was completely blown away by it and scored it a solid 100 points, This bottle was a bit more closed and restrained. I originally scored it 95 points. However, as the wine opened up in the glass, it took on more and more of its tell-tale smoke and graphite character. Lots of deep dark fruit. I ended up upgrading my score twice over the following 45 minutes.

Flight 7 (1 note)

Red
1947 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
99 points
Tasted blind. Spectacular! Exotic red fruits, strawberry, and floral tones. Impossible to put down. So beautiful.

Flight 8 (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1953 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
98 points
Dark mahogany color. Quintessential Yquem flavor profile: orange peel, cardamom, Indian spices, and caramel. Delicious
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