Missing at dinner was the '61 DRC Richebourg which was opened ahead of the weekend. In it's place was '94 Bouchard La Romanee
1994 La Romanee ( Bouchard). Yuch - corked!.
Bad bottle - just not pleasant.
First up :
1969 Leroy Mersault Charmes. For a 37 year old wine it had amazing livelyness and acidity. Charming however a bit short on the finish and aftertaste. 89 points
1996 Jacques Prieur Mersault Perrieres. For a 10 year old wine surprisingly advanced for its age - color was starting to come on golden, nuts and slight truffel & honied smells coming through. Fine condition with admirable acidity. It had just a few more elements than the Leroy Charmes, bit more power, longer aftertaste. Suspect it needs 1.5 hours to open and can age a few more years ( 3-5) but is drinking well now. 91 points
1999 Comte Lafon Mersault Charmes Just a baby. Very high and lively acidity belies the power and concentration underneath. This is nowhere near ready and probably needs a good 5-7 years more. A longer finish. 91 points.
1996 Leroy Corton Charlemagne. Minerals, acidity, truffled nuances and more. Not a blockbuster in terms of power but the aftertaste lingers on your palate and throat for a long time. The previous wines seems like watered down bottles in comparison. Could use 5-7 more years as complexity is just coming out ( it needs 6 hours of air time). 94-95 points.
1972 Clos de Tart. Truffles and red fruits on the nose. In the mouth the mid-palate just lacks stuffing. 88 points.
1969 Leroy Echezeaux. Red fruits, stewed plums on the nose. Wide and expansive on the palate with a decent finish. Opened for 6 hours and probably needs 1-2 more. 93 points.
2001 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Cros Parantoux
Massive nose of rose petals, earth and violets(??). In the mouth hard and angular tannins (this needs more time. However, the wine seemed to go downhill quickly (to me)- suspect this was slightly heat dmaged. 91 points