7 Bordeaux from the 1980s include 3 from 1982

Yan's China Bistro, Walnut Creek, Ca.

Tasted May 22, 2019 by bestdamncab with 88 views

Introduction

7 Bordeaux, Steak and a Wine Group Lunch tp honor the retirement of Robert Parker!

Flight 1 - Champagne and Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon Kickoff (2 notes)

Lovely start to a Bordeaux Tasting.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Bruno Paillard Champagne Brut Rosé France, Champagne
94 points
Wine Group Lunch, Magnum poured, bright salmon color which went well with the Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon, Nose of strawberry, peach, nectarine, slate, and shale with floral notes, same on the palate, big body, rich tasting, elegant, enjoyed by all of us with many favorable comments, and a long, flavorful finish. Added photo.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Ruinart Champagne Brut Rosé France, Champagne
94 points
Wine Group Lunch, nose of strawberry, red cherry, slate, and toast, same on the palate, big body, tastes rich, mouth filling, rich fruit, elegant, with a lovely, long finish. Added photo.

Flight 2 - 3 Great 1982 Bordeaux (3 notes)

Lovely wines celebrating the fabulous 1982 Bordeaux Vintage!

Red
1982 Château La Dominique France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
96 points
Wine Group Lunch, Nose of black cherry, black berry, touch of plum and cardboard, cardboard faded during the lunch, earth, cedar and tobacco, more of the same on the palate, medium/big body, mouth filling fruit, rich fruit, very tasty with steak, and a long, long finish and flavorful aftertaste. Group unanimous favorite of the three 1982 Bordeaux today. Added photo.
Red
1982 Château Pavie France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
Wine Group Lunch, nose of saddle leather, dark fruit, rich fruit, earth, and mushrooms, more of the same on the palate, medium/big body, very tasty, lovely and the best Chateau Pavie I ever tasted, and a long, long finish. Added photo..
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Red
1982 Château Figeac France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
92 points
Wine Group Lunch, nose of tobacco, allspice, and sweet, dark fruit, same on the palate, medium/big body, tasty, almost mouth filling fruit, lovely fruit but slightly subdued compared to its peers today, and a long finish. Added photo.

Flight 3 - 4 Great Bordeaux from the second half of the 1980s. (4 notes)

4 St. Emilion Chateaus.

Red
1986 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
96 points
Wine Group Lunch, Nose of cinnamon, black cherry, cassis, cigar box, and forest floor, same on the palate, medium/big body, rich fruit, mouth filling fruit, lovely fruity taste, slightly subdued and subtle, lots of layers to enjoy during the lunch, and a long, long finish, just a notch better than the 1989 today. Added photo.
Red
1989 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
95 points
Wine Group Lunch, Nose of black cherry, black cherry tart, Bing Cherry, spring flowers, and a touch of cigar box, same on the palate, big body, elegant, very tasty, mouth filling fruit with layers of subtle complexity, at peak, and will hold for 20 years, great legs in the glass, and a long, long finish. Added photo.
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Red
1990 Château Troplong Mondot France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
Wine group Lunch, Nose of black cherry, black berry, plum, and baked blackberry pie, more of the same on the palate, big body, mouth filling fruit, elegant, good acid, and a long finish. Added photo.
Red
1990 Château Figeac France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
92 points
Wine Group Lunch, Nose of black cherry, spring flowers, plum, allspice, and cigar box, same on the palate, big body, tasty, rich fruit, elegant, and a long finish. Added photo.
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Closing

Great fun, Great Steak, and Great Bordeaux.

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