Brad's Belated Big 6-0 Birthday Celebration

Brad & Marcia's Place, St. Paul, MN

Tasted September 18, 2021 by rocknroller with 40 views

Introduction

This was the slightly overdue Big 6-0 Birthday Celebration for Brad. Leave it to Brad to plan and make the entire meal for his own party. Most of us wouldn't attempt this high wire act. But Brad relishes the moment and does it really well. Brad also requested pairings based on his menu. The pairings turned out quite well too. There was a nice group of 12 on hand to celebrate the milestone (Brad, Marcia, Jim, Michelene, Candace, Dave, David, Lonny, Matt, Craig, Siggy, Kevin). Thanks to Brad for hosting his own party and cooking up a storm for all of us. And thanks to everyone for contributing a great and fun group of wines worthy of this celebration.

Flight 1 - Welcome Wine (1 note)

White - Sparkling
2002 Brice Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé Bouzy France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
92 points
Light gold color. Small glass over 20 minutes. Wasn't taking any notes at this point, but I found this very nice. More to pear fruit and even handed with a classy style and the elegance of the '02 vintage. 91+ to 92pts.

Flight 2 - Champagne Flight (2 notes)

White - Sparkling
1995 Duval-Leroy Champagne Femme de Champagne France, Champagne
92 points
Medium gold color. Drank a glass over 45 minutes. Mature and seasoned, baked pear and apricots, a touch of kumquat, modestly oxidative, full bodied and rich, sourdough, mulled apple, buttery with some spice. My impression is this is on the downward trajectory and probably largely representative stylistically. Still a good drink .
White - Sparkling
2006 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
96 points
Light gold color. Drank a glass over 45 minutes. Wow, simply amazing again. So precise and vibrant, just bursting with sea air and fresh ocean aromas, caramel cream, pear and sweet white flowers, almond cream, toasted and nutty. Nuance, elegance and grace - just a beauty. 96+ to 97pts.
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Flight 3 - Riesling Flight (2 notes)

White - Off-dry
2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
94 points
Medium plus gold color. Drank a glass over an hour. This was wonderful, bright with fresh cut perfectly ripe peach, ripe apple, dried slate, lively, hints of petrol, just perfect sweetness, very long and energizing on the finish. Pitch perfect, I loved this.
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White - Off-dry
2001 Müller-Catoir Haardter Bürgergarten Riesling Spätlese Germany, Pfalz
92 points
Deep gold color. Drank a glass over an hour. This seems fairly far along at this point; aged cheese, aged gouda, honey, ripe candied apricot, mango, rich with a baked fruit profile, full bodied and unctuous with a sweet palate that comes across more like an Auslese. This looks like a near term drinker.
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Flight 4 - White Burg Flight (2 notes)

White
1995 Robert Ampeau & Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
92 points
Medium gold color. Drank a glass over 45 minutes. Cedary with straw, tart Tatin, pear, Meyer lemon, and stone. The palate shows some pretty maturity, lemon oil, Meyer lemon, with some stark minerality coming through on the back end. 92+ to 93pts.
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White
2014 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Tessons Clos de Mon Plaisir France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
94 points
Light gold color. Drank a glass over 45 minutes. Wow, brilliant, oozes fresh air and ocean breezes and salinity, dry stone minerality and notes of gunflint and anise. The palate delivers with purity and precision, pristine citrus, wonderful balance, freshness, minerality and salinity. This just reverberates across the senses. Masterful.
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Flight 5 - Piemonte Flight (2 notes)

Red
2001 Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
92 points
Dark red color. Double decanted for 2 hours and filtered through cheese cloth. I think this had the most sediment of any wine I've ever had - unbelievable really. The nose is the star here showing Black cherry, mint, cherry cough syrup, dried earth, cedarbox, rose hips, roasted meat, and celery seed. The palate does hold the same nuance as the nose. The fruit is dark and brooding and comes off on the port-like and almost stewy side. Baked blackcherry, plum, blackberry, dark chocolate, tar, wood and fine grained tannins. Love the nose, but I will take the purity of the Giacosa all day long.
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Red
2001 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
95 points
Medium dark red color. Drank a glass over an hour. This was lovely and all about the purity. Wet earth, red berries, roses, perfumed, really earthy. This has that weightlessness and transparent beauty, medium body, strawberry, tart, dried spice, lifted, ripe cherry and blissful tannins. Loved it. 94+ to 95pts.
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Flight 6 - Bordeaux Flight (2 notes)

Red
1961 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
97 points
Dark red color with a 3mm transitional margin. Splash double decanted and vacuumed. Drank a glass over an hour. This was another real treat and the fourth time I have the privilege to drink this beautiful wine. With the exception of one bottle that was simply ok, all the rest have been utterly profound. Beautiful, blissful pencil, cigar ash, red fruits, deep red berries, cured meats, funk, leather integrated tannins. This has a medium plus weight, great length and grace and you would certainly never peg it for 60 years old. Thanks to Steve for again sharing this gem. 97+ to 98pts.
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Red
1983 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
93 points
Very dark red color. Splash double decanted, drank a glass over an hour. Still a bit reticent on the nose, dried herbs, cigar, black raspberry, cassis. The palate is bigger and keeps building, deep and layered with cassis, dark berries, bold wood spices and minerality, dense and full bodied. 93+pts.

Flight 7 - Beaucastel CdP Flight (2 notes)

Red
1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
96 points
Medium dark red color with a 1.5cm transitional bricked margin. PNP, drank a glass over 45 minutes. Its been four and a half years since I last had this. It hasn't lost a beat. Perfectly integrated and showing as Chablis28 says, Burg weightlessness. Pretty raspberry fruit, raspberry coulis, strawberry liqueur, fine garrigue, leather, roasted game, dried Provencal herbs, very tangy and blissful.
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Red
1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
92 points
Dark red color. I believe this got a quick splash for sediment. Drank a glass over 45 minutes next to a beautiful '89. This was a fair bit bigger, very spicy, strong garrigue notes, bold with some more stewed plum notes to go with the cassis and black cherry. Showing a little heat too. Not quite up to some past bottles.

Flight 8 - Dessert Flight (2 notes)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1975 Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Coteaux du Layon
92 points
Dark red color with a 6mm bricked edge. Small pour at the end of the night. This was hanging in there. Peach and pear confit on the nose, lean and linear on the palate, apple, light medium body.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1996 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Clos du Bourg France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray
flawed
corked unfortunately
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