Occasional dinner group: Great whites and Cult Napa

@ Merlet

Tasted March 7, 2020 by Zweder with 120 views

Introduction

Wonderful evening with great company in Merlet, a Michelin star restaurant.
The bubbles and white wines were poured fully blind. We knew most of the red wines in the line up, but not when they were poured..
All wines were poured blind and revealed after we tasted and scored the wine.

Flight 1 (3 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Ruinart Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
90 points
Tasty and clean. Good acidity and also some sweetness. Full bodied wine.
White - Sparkling
2005 Agrapart Champagne Grand Cru Minéral Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
92 points
Nutty and oxidized apple flavors in the bouquet. Soft citrus, nicely rustic and mineral impressions, pleasant oak and good acidity. Beautiful wine.
White - Sparkling
2002 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut France, Champagne
96 points
Beautiful and complex wine with minerals, nuts, focused acidity and pleasant slightly oxidized impressions. I thought this could be a Krug… and it was :}

Flight 2 (12 notes)

White
1989 Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux Blanc France, Bordeaux
98 points
Amazing! Beautiful bouquet with caramel and well integrated oak. On the palate complex with some pleasant slightly oxidized impressions, vanilla, beautiful acidity, a touch of sweetness, full bodied and a great length. Not a bit too old. What a feast!
White
1969 Emile Chandesais Puligny-Montrachet Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet
93 points
Another amazing wine. In the bouquet caramel, minerals and pleasant oxidized impressions. On the palate mature, but complex, a bit fat and with beautiful acidity.
White
2018 Weingut Keller Piesporter Schubertslay Riesling Großes Gewächs Alte Reben Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
96 points
Very special wine; only 360 bottles produced according to the person who brought the wine. Beautiful and complex bouquet with minerals, tropical and citrus flavors. On the palate beautiful acidity, minerals and spiciness. Harmonious and special.
White
2011 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
93 points
Not so many notes this time. Complex and full bodied with good acidity and a pleasant touch of sweetness.
White
2005 Nicolas Potel Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
94 points
Minerals, good acidity, tropical fruits, mature some fine sweet notes and a good length. Mature and still beautiful.
White
2017 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
97 points
Beautiful and complex, youthful bouquet with intriguing minerals. Same on the palate, very youthful and complex with good freshness, beautiful acidity and some sweetness. Very special and beautiful.
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White
2014 Kistler Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Mountain
93 points
Beautiful bouquet with ripe tropical fruits. On the palate tropical fruits as well, a firm amount of citrus acidity, a bit fat, some sweet impressions and a good length.
White
2009 Verget Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
The structure of the wine is ok with a lot of firm acidity, some earth and length, But overall I am not certain if the wine is a 100% fresh. No score.
White
1992 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
93 points
Special bouquet with putty and ripe yellow fruits. On the palate good acidity and some pleasant sweetness. Slightly oxidized which is not disturbing, but adds to the complexity. What a wonderful surprise!
White
2011 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
92 points
Putty and oxidized impressions in the bouquet. On the palate concentrated and full bodied, nuts, some sweetness, good acidity and slightly oxidized. Special and complex, but not mind blowing.
White
2014 Weingut Keller Abts E® Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
93 points
Minerals and a bit rustic and complex in the bouquet. On the palate minerals, a firm amount of acidity and a great length. Not as impressive as in December last year.
White
2012 Weingut Keller Abts E® Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
There is pineapple and a lot of acidity, but I wonder if the wine is 100% clean. No score.

Flight 3 (11 notes)

Red
2013 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
96 points
Beautifully ripe dark and red berries in the bouquet. Sweet spices and oak as well. On the palate the same fruits, sweet spices and a beautiful balance between beautiful acidity and sweetness.
Red
2014 Dalla Valle Maya USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
96 points
Beautiful dark and red berries as well as sweet spices in the bouquet. On the palate the same impressions, beautiful acidity and round, slightly sticky tannin. Power and elegance in the bottle. Still a good future.
Red
2012 Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée USA, California, Napa Valley
97 points
Beautiful and luxurious bouquet with leather and iron. On the palate dark and red berries, leather and metal impressions which remind be a bit of Northern Rhone style. A complex beauty with a good future.
Red
2005 Bond Melbury USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
Blackberries and other ripe berry fruits in the bouquet. Very sexy with a lot of sweet perfume impressions and sweet spices. On the palate the same berries, beautiful acidity and beautifully round tannin. Delicious and approachable wine with a good future.
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Red
2006 Colgin IX Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
98 points
This is a fantastic wine with beautiful dark and red berries, elegance, sweet spices and great acidity and tannin. Really extremely beautiful wine which is ready now and probably has a future of another decade.
Red
2005 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder
97 points
The bouquet was a bit locked this time with dark and red berries, ink and sweet spices. On the palate dark and red berries as well as chocolate. Beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness.
Red
2002 Sloan USA, California, Napa Valley
99 points
In the bouquet a lot of sweet and ripe dark berries and sweet spices. Perfumed, also on the palate. Coffee, truffle, beautiful acidity and still very youthful. Fantastic. For me, so far, the WOTN. Just GREAT!
Red
2003 Abreu Thorevilos USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
Dark berries and sweet spices in the bouquet. On the palate juicy dark berries, Beautiful acidity and round, soft tannin. Red berries and a good length. Great and luxurious wine which is ready now and the next 5+ years.
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Red
2004 Sine Qua Non Syrah Poker Face USA, California, Central Coast
96 points
So sorry, again not so many notes after a fantastic evening with great company and enormously beautiful wines. Just; complex, concentrated, beautiful sweetness and acidity. Soft tannin. A feast!
Red
2004 Harlan Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
98 points
No formal notes. Beautifully soft and also still very powerful. A very complete and delicious wine. See also my note of 10/16/2009; and again; another decade will probably not be any problem.
Red
1994 Harlan Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
98 points
Drank this 1994 beside the 2004. The wines are almost identical. The 1994 just slightly more developed, but also still plenty of future. See my previous notes. Delicious wine.
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