Four Seasons Wine Dinner - Burgs and Northern Rhones

Four Seasons, Beverly Hills

Tasted May 6, 2009 by rstark with 582 views

Introduction

One of Yarom's monthly wine dinners in L.A. Since it was at Four Seasons, people were instructed to bring wines of the Very Great to Excellent catagory. As usual, Ron and Yarom broke out Vouvray that was older than most of the female attendees, and Jose broke out some early 20th Century Madera.

Flight 1 (2 notes)

White
2006 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Domaine France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
90 points
Reticent nose. A little iodine on the front palate, followed my big time minerals, short on the fruit right now. Nice acidity. Not one of my favorite Charlies of the vintage.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1971 Domaine de la Bergerie Coteaux du Layon Le Clos de la Bergerie France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Coteaux du Layon
92 points
OK. First you have to be one of those people that likes oxidized Loires. But half of the group went ape-sh** over this, including me. Honey, iodine, minerals, great long finish.

Flight 2 (3 notes)

Red
1990 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
90 points
I don't mind iodine and astringency in some wines, but not in my Bordeaux! Thin but over-ripe fruit (bad combo). Would have been an even lower score if it wasn't for the decent earth/leather (but short) finish. When is someone going to just admit it ... MR screwed up '88, '89 AND '90. Cool label, tho.
White
2002 Louis Jadot Chevalier-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
92 points
Nice acidity and sweet sugar-covered minerality that acted like baby pop-rocks in the mid-palate. Pretty, slight toast on finish.
Red
1999 Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
92 points
Not super-feminine like many Charmes. Great blend of earth and smoke with dark fruit. Lovely and a nice long finish.

Flight 3 (3 notes)

Red
1999 Domaine Anne Gros Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
94 points
What a killer nose. Dark dark fruit, meat juice (typical of Richbourg) and sweet fruit. A little wet earth on finish. This is a big wine.
Red
2003 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
93 points
Sweet, dark berry fruits on nose. Rich, full, almost syruppy. Tannins are starting to velvetize. Leaves a delicious dark chocolate-covered berry finish.
Red
1999 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
94 points
Deep plum ... I forgot how tarry and dark Chaves can be. Great smoky, cigar ash finish. Huge improvement after 2 hours in glass.

Flight 4 (1 note)

Red - Fortified
1904 Seppeltsfield Para 100 Vintage Tawny Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
Having never tried anything like this, I can't rate it, as I don't know what it's supposed to taste like. Left me with beautiful essence of maple and amazingly, a nice acidity. Finish lasted for minutes.
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