Jen's birthday

Chicago, IL

Tasted November 9, 2008 - November 10, 2008 by psmith with 486 views

Flight 1 (1 note)

BYO'ed to a local wine bar/store. I think the staff thought this was dead - they're nuts.

1961 Gaja Barbaresco Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
All candied red cherry and white truffle - a heady, penetrating nose that could easily come from a '90 rather than a '61. A mouthfeel that's a bit hollow at first, but rounds out absolutely beautiful with a bit of air. Silky front with a bit of tannin on the end and a firm acidic kick. Feminine, beautiful wine. Lasted and improved over the ~2 hours it was decanted. In a great place.

Flight 2 (4 notes)

Combination of BYO and a great list. Hilariously we weren't the only party who brought a '71 Petrus to the restaurant, which gave an opportunity to compare bottles. The wonderful Beaucastel was sent over by the other '71 Petrus table.

White - Sparkling
1961 Bollinger Champagne R.D. Extra Brut France, Champagne
Disgorged in 02/72. Remarkably sturdy and alive - far more vibrant than a '76 Krug drank next to this. Still, without quite the class and, while meaty in profile, rather streamlined and straightforward. Developed some old, viscous Champagne notes with time. Very nice.
White - Sparkling
1976 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut France, Champagne
This was textbook Krug with a heady bread, white chocolate, and honeyed citrus nose. Thick, viscous palate with a sherried edge while still quite alive. Oxidative profile - coffee/toffee type notes. Liqueur-like texture. Integrated mousse. A bit advanced for where this should be, but very nice.
1971 Pétrus France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
Red fruits and a pervasive but welcome green influence. Deliciously silky but refined, and still reasonably young in profile. Amazingly consistent with another '71 Pétrus of different provenance drank next to this. Some tannins remain on the finish - while extremely enjoyable now still very capable of lasting. Delicious.
1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
More red fruits than I remember - heady and full of stinky, Beaucastel notes. Full-bodied, delicious wine. Tannic and intense. Obviously young, but full of promise and very enjoyable.
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