Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.

Black Salt, Washington DC

Tasted August 2, 2019 by dcwino with 100 views

Introduction

Six of us got together for another rendition of the lost Friday lunch. As usual, the dishes were very good and complemented the wines very well.

Flight 1 - Champagne (1 note)

This showed beautifully. Champagnes always taste better in magnum.

White - Sparkling
1983 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut France, Champagne
97 points
En Magnum. Perfectly mature nose displaying apple pie, apricot, dry peach, a hint of red currant, a hint of vin jaune, caramel, honey and limestone mineral. Very good concentration, finely layered sweet yellow fruit with a hint of red, still showing ample fine mousse, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long sweet yellow fruit and cinnamon driven finish. Initially, the finish is bone dry. With air, gets sweeter and rounder. A classic beautifully mature Cristal. I just noticed that my previous impression is almost identical.

Flight 2 - Double Blind wine (1 note)

White
2018 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Domaine Sainte Claire France, Burgundy, Chablis
91 points
Served blind by RJ. Very primary nose displaying pear and white peach and rain water. A bit straightforward and masculine expression. Very good concentration, coiled white fruit, bright acidity and a clean pure white fruit driven finish. Certainly Chardonnay and more than likely French. I don’t detect limestone mineral so I eliminate Chablis. I am thinking a young Meursault Perrieres that is shutdown. This shows the limitation of double blind tasting. It may have been a bit easier, if served in a formal single blind tasting. It is a solid well made white Burgundy.

Flight 3 - 07 Raveneau (2 notes)

White
2007 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
96 points
The first note is honeysuckle and mint. Beautiful youthful nose displaying lemon curd, lemon oil, honey, spearmint, beeswax, light caramel, saline and wet stone. Gorgeous harmonious palate, rich yet pure, precise and energetic, finely layered oily citrus, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral and a long sweet yellow citrus fruit driven finish with honeysuckle and a hint of caramel at the end. This is drinking beautifully. A bit richer and more focused than the 07 MdT.
White
2007 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
94 points
Expressive nose displaying sweet yellow citrus, lemon oil, lemon curd, also a hint of granny smith, a hint of perfume and cedar, honey, saline, mint, beeswax and wet stone. Beautifully integrated palate, finely layered sweet yellow citrus, worm and round yet also precise and energetic, bright acidity, limestone mineral and a long sweet yellow fruit driven finish with a hint of cedar at the end. This is more “user friendly” and rounder than the Valmur but not as focused and as concentrated. Based on this flight, the 07 Raveneaus have come together nicely, gaining weight and becoming more complex. Both are reaching the peak and drinking beautifully.

Flight 4 - 10 Dauvissat and Raveneau (3 notes)

White
2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
96 points
Beautifully focused and energetic nose displaying pure sweet white fruit, pear, a hint of lemon curd, honeysuckle, beeswax, perfume, saline, sap, crushed rose and crushed rocks. Excellent concentration, nicely layered ripe clean white fruit, rich yet pure, precise and focused, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long sweet white fruit driven finish with crushed rock and rose petal at the end which is beautiful and haunting. I have had bad luck with Dauvissat recently. Lacks the opulence and sexiness of Raveneau but displays exceptional focus and precision. This is a classic GC Chablis and a classic Dauvissat.
White
2010 Dauvissat-Camus Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
95 points
Incredibly focused and energetic nose displaying fresh white fruit, pear and apple, with a hint of lemon oil, beeswax, spearmint, saline and limestone. Excellent concentration, coiled concentrated white citrus fruit, excellent focus, energy and precision, bright acidity, good limestone mineral and a long pure white fruit driven finish with a hint of spearmint and honey at the end. This seems even more focused than the Preuses. Another classic GC Chablis, very Dauvissat. It would be interesting to taste next to the Dauvissat bottling.
White
2010 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
96 points
Gorgeous classic Raveneau nose displaying perfectly ripe succulent white fruit, white peach, pear, granny smith, honeysuckle, a hint of spearmint, beeswax, cool mountain stream and limestone. Exceptional balance, finely layered generous delicious white fruit, opulent yet energetic and focused, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long perfectly ripe white fruit driven finish with a hint of beeswax at the end. This is fuller and more opulent than the 07 MdT. It is really educational to compare to the 10 Dauvissat. Very different but equally enjoyable. Absolute pleasure.
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Flight 5 - 88 DRC (2 notes)

Red
1988 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands-Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
96 points
Perfect mature complex nose displaying slightly dry red fruit, raspberry jam, dry cherry, cherry pie, dehydrated strawberry, perfect amount of sous bois, soy, light caramel, grilled cep, Vosne spice and earth. Fully integrated palate, very finely layered subtle sweet red fruit, silky and polished, bright acidity, good earthy mineral, still showing slightly dry tannins and a seamless long subtle sweet red fruit driven finish with sous bois at the end. The nose is too die for. However, the palate reflects the masculine vintage character with a hint of rustic tannins and the bright acidity. Everyone prefers to the Richebourg.
Red
1988 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
90 points
Really muted nose, ripe red fruit, plum, cherry, cedar, sap and earth. Extremely masculine impression. This appears to be correct. Real disappointment.

Flight 6 - 90 Bordeaux (2 notes)

Red
1990 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
95 points
Fully mature nose displaying decadent black fruit, blackberry jam, black cherry, a hint of plum, mocha and earth. Fully integrated palate, nicely layered sweet black fruit, soft and round, subtle acidity and mineral, fully resolved tannins and a long sweet black fruit driven finish. This particular bottle is fully ready. Very enjoyable.
Red
1990 Château Léoville Las Cases France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
Corked.

Flight 7 - HB and LMHB (2 notes)

Red
1990 Château La Mission Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
97 points
Intense nose displaying concentrated black fruit, cassis, crushed blueberries, black cherry, licorice, a hint of green, tobacco, cedar, lead pencil and scorched earth. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of intense sweet black fruit, unctuous, bright acidity, good mineral, the tannins are mostly masked by the concentrated fruit and a long intense black fruit driven finish with a hint of scorched earth at the end. Although it seems to be cellared ideally, there is a hint of band aid/brett. However, it is not terribly bothersome. Excellent showing.
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Red
1982 Château Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
94 points
My contribution. The cork is soaked through the top. Fully mature nose displaying sweet red fruit with a hint of black, strawberry, plum, black cherry, crème de cassis, tobacco, ash, milky chocolate, leather and earth. Very soft and round palate with subtle red fruit, silky and warm, perfect amount of acidity, subtle mineral and a medium to long sweet red fruit driven finish with tobacco and ash at the end. This seems to be the most ready of the 82 FGs. FWIW, the last bottle from December was from the same batch but was in perfect shape.
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Closing

I had to leave early but the guys were grabbing the famous burgers which is slowly becoming our tradition. I think RJ generously opened the 07 Leroy Beaux Monts.

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