Acker Merrall Bicentennial Gala

Cipriani Wall Street - New York NY

Tasted February 8, 2020 by Burgundy Al with 138 views

Flight 1 - Wines People Brought and Shared with Dinner (37 notes)

White
2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
90 points
Small glass, brief note. Floral start with ripe and fleshy apples through. Very good length, soft finish. Good now.
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White
2014 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
93 points
Small glass, brief note. Lots of apple and lemon with background floral and spice hints. Extremely bright and energetic through long finish. Very good length. Upside from here.
Rosé - Sparkling
1959 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Rosé France, Champagne
Small glass, brief note. Served blind. I thought it was a Rose from 100% Pinot Noir from a powerful and ripe vintage, perhaps 1976. Still somewhat effervescent, with very good weight. On the tired side, but eminently interesting and fun. We were told this was the first vintage made.
White
2011 Marquis de Laguiche (Joseph Drouhin) Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
94 points
Small glass, brief note. Very rich start with ripe pear and quince with floral charm. Similarly rich flavors to start, the leaner with some lemon from middle forward, and a slightly backward finish. Excellent Grand Cru density, but the nuance is just hinting at this great wine’s full potential.
White
2011 Coche-Dury Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
94 points
Very small glass, brief note. Plenty of yellow and green apple throughout with floral notes. On the tart side with very impressive concentration and bright, energetic finish.
White
2000 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
94 points
Small glass, brief note. Lots of ripe peach and apple with spice and floral hints. Still wonderfully bright with an exciting, energetic, long finish.
Red
2001 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
Small glass, brief note. This wine didn’t get the air it deserved and needed. Lots of black cherry and plum but tannins just as prominent. Much like other bottles from the past few years, but decanting / aeration enables those to come across as much softer and charming.
Red
2016 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
95 points
Small glass, brief note. From magnum. Tough to appreciate in context of all tonight’s older wines, but this is fleshy and powerful with the structure one step behind all the fantastic black fruit, roasted meat and both sweet and savory spice. Shockingly enjoyable already.
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Red
2010 Domaine Château De La Tour Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
93 points
Small glass, brief note. Directly from the Domaine. Red and black cherry, faintly spiced, with subtle ripeness. A wine of great finesse with good+ weight and great textures throughout. Good now through 2050.
White
2011 Domaine Francois et Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Les Poruzots France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
Small glass, brief note. Reduction made this tough to fairly/ completely assess, but it was also surprisingly tropical for the vintage and showing slightly awkward textures and balance in the few minutes I spent with the wine.
White
2010 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
98 points
Small glass, brief note. Served alongside the 2012. Rich and opulent floral start with a broad cross-section of apple and baked apple aromas and flavors, supplemented with mint, spice and fresh garden herbs. So rich, long and balanced. Sensational and stunning now, with upside.
White
2012 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
98 points
Small glass, brief note. Served alongside the (slightly more brilliant) 2010. Plenty of apple, pear and some lemon with mint and floral support. Extremely ripe and elegantly textured with a stunningly long finish. My first time having this wine.
White
1985 Etienne Sauzet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
94 points
Small glass, brief note. Dark color, but no worries. Extremely rich and dense with so much lively fruit along with complex evolving layers that kept unfolding. Unctuous textures. Brilliant wine. Thanks, Chet!
Red
1943 Léon Violland Clos de la Roche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
93 points
Small glass, brief note. Ripe black and red cherry with sweet hints of maderization just starting and plenty of slowly cooked mushroom. Good weight, good+ length, great complexity. Incredible brightness for its age and challenges of making War wine. Another brilliant wine. Served double blind. Clearly mature Burgundy, fairly clearly Grand Cru. I thought 1979 from Gevrey. Oops. Thanks for sharing, Jim!
Red
1972 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
Small glass, brief note. I guess I can almost understand people enjoying this wine, but there is just too much merde.
White
2008 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
96 points
Popped and poured, then tasted at least four times over the next two hours. It is immediately clear this is a powerhouse of a wine, even with the reduction that took 15+ minutes to disappear. Complex peach, apple and pear aromas with floral, vanilla and sweet spice notes. Legendary concentration and length. The fruit is clearly ripe, but a slightly tart background bassline seemed to gradually emerge that adding another intriguing nuance. This started out as slightly monolithic, and slowly emerged from its shell with more air and as it warmed up. Best tasted was the last, when between cellar and room temperature. Great now, upside from here.
Red
1991 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
flawed
Small glass, brief note. Fruit clearly stripped, I think this was ever-so-slightly corked.
Red
1929 Louis Latour Corton-Grancey France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
Small glass, brief note. Lingering fruit gave its regards before quickly departing, leaving an intriguingly earthy and weighty wine. Very interesting, but more interesting than tasty. Thanks, Mark, for sharing!
Red
1966 Mongeard-Mugneret Grands-Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
flawed
From magnum. Great color, reasonable fill. Badly oxidized.
Red
2000 Château La Mission Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
95 points
Small glass, brief note. Lots of dense black cherry and currant with spice and cedar hints. Surprisingly near-elegant and accessible with really bright and energetic textures that thrilled me.
Red
1999 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
flawed
Small glass. Seemed slightly corked.
Red
2002 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
91 points
Small glass, brief note. Lots here but an odd combination of brooding fruit and earth character. I liked this, but wasn't wow'ed and left scratching my head, asking myself if it is getting tired or still too young.
Red
2012 Domaine Bizot Bourgogne Le Chapitre France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
91 points
Small glass, brief note. Bottle directly from the domaine. Dense red cherries everywhere, mostly ripe but very complex and layered.Ripe start, then an increasing degree of nuance starting emerging from everywhere. An exceptional Bourgogne, but market priced accordingly.
White
2011 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
96 points
Small glass from magnum, brief note. Apple and lemon curd with enticing floral charm throughout with bright textures supporting this to a long, exciting, expanding finish. It is a crazy night when this is the 4th best Montrachet I tasted.
Red
1990 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
90 points
Small glass, brief note. Powerful, burly and brooding black fruit, still dominated by its tannins. An easy wine to admire in many ways, but a difficult wine to enjoy.
Red
1978 Domaine des Varoilles Bonnes Mares France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
92 points
Small glass, brief note. Ripe and robust red cherries are maturing gracefully and elegantly with almost as much earth, and polished textures. Very good length, persistent from start-to-finish with good weight.
Red
2000 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
97 points
Tasted alongside the 2001, I was able to taste, compare and contrast for 15-20 minutes. Complex array of red and black cherry with seamless textures and absolutely impeccable balance. While the 2001 is wonderful, this charmer makes that seem nearly awkward.
Red
2001 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
93 points
Tasted alongside the 2000, I was able to taste, compare and contrast for 15-20 minutes. Bigger than the 2000 with black and red berries galore, with very good weight and length. Tonight's bottle came across as still firmly structured, so probable upside based on this bottle.
Red
1969 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
flawed
Very oxidized.
Red
1993 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru
flawed
Corked.
Red
1978 Camille Giroud Clos de la Roche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
93 points
Still vibrant red cherry with plenty of earth, but yet so clean. Silky textures and very good length, even though lighter styled with moderate-good weight having softened with age.
Red - Fortified
1815 Bellows & Son Porto Prince of Wales Portugal, Douro, Porto
93 points
Late night, small glass, brief note. Caramel apple and fig, still holding steady with significant depth for a 200 yo wine. Wow. Thanks for sharing, Mark!
White
2013 Arnaud Ente Meursault Clos des Ambres France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
92 points
Late night, small glass, brief note. Apple and lemon zest with very good + concentration and length for its level, even if ending with a slightly tart finish.
Red
1985 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
94 points
Late night, small glass, brief note. Really sensational aromas with so much baking spice, mature red berry and cherry and floral notes. Good flavors, just more tired, less intense.
White
2005 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
93 points
Late night, small glass, brief note. Ripe and rich with sweet spice, but this manages to provide great acidity throughout, and is wonderfully bright for a 2005. Very good now.
Red
1990 Domaine Anne et François Gros Clos Vougeot Le Grand Maupertui France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
flawed
Mostly oxidized.
Red
2006 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Vieille Vigne France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
93 points
Late night, small glass, brief note. Dense, meaty, great concentration. Still somewhat backward and fleshy, this has so much great stuff, but needs more time.

Flight 2 - Large Format Bottles Tasted After Dinner (8 notes)

White
2008 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Tessons Clos de Mon Plaisir France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
90 points
Small glass, brief note. From 3L. Very rich and ripe. Bright start, softer finish. Best to enjoy over the next few years.
White
2010 Faiveley Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
93 points
Small glass, brief note. Bright apple with alluring spice, particularly on nose. Flavors might be more subdued, by well supported with lots of bright energy. Elegant, near weightless textures. Excellent.
White
2016 Domaine de Montille Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
92 points
Small glass, brief note. Rich start, brighter middle through finish, with good stuffing on expanding finish. Good now with upside, 92+ point potential.
White
2009 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
89 points
Small glass, brief note. From 3L. ripe peach and apple with some lemon curd. Ripe and starting to mature with moderate energy. Good density. A vintage to enjoy over the next few years.
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White
2014 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
89 points
Small glass from 3L, brief note. This is the "Domaine Louis Jadot" cuvee from Folatières proper. Rich and dense for the vintage with some more fat than typical, particularly to start. Leaner in the middle, but still rich. Probably best now through 2024.
Red
1990 Château L'Evangile France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
flawed
3L. Corked.
Red
2007 Domaine Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers Vieille Vigne France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
92 points
Late night, small glass, brief note. Lots of ripe red fruit with an intense old vine concentration and richness with minerally textures and very soft tannins. Good now.
Red
1997 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb USA, California, Napa Valley
Late night, small glass from large format, brief note. Massive and ultra ripe black fruit with sweet spice. Intense concentration and weight, there is nothing demure about this wine. Easy to appreciate, even if it's not exactly my style of wine, particularly as it finishes on the warm side.
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