Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Feb 25, 2009. A few tasting notes from a previous dinner

2005 Francois Raveneau Butteaux.
Minerality more covered up by fruit than usual. Try not to overchill this - nice acidity - very nice balance - good finish. Still prefer the 2002 though. 92+pts.

2006 Fontaine Gagnard - Chassange Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Jean
Opened for ~30minuts. Denser, brasher, minerality backed up by power. Kept unwinding throughout the night - give this time. 90 pts.

2005 George Roumier Chambolle Musigny
Opened in bottle for ~3.5 hours - needs it. Red fruits laced with a bit of earth and game. Structured, fine tannins - amazing village wine. 90 pts.

2005 Duhart Milon Rothschild
Opened for ~2 hours. Young, full bodied, expansive, cassis, touch of pencil, traces of Lafite but not quite as this is more brawny without the complex aromas. Hey but given the price - no complaints! Serve at room temperature or a bit above ~19-21 C, no problems and may make it a bit less rough on the edges. 92 points.

1999 Chateau Palmer
Opened for ~1.5 hours. Ahhh the 2nd disciple. An amazing achievement in an otherwise lackluster year. Soft, beautiful on the nose, depth without being overly brutish. Silky tannins and decent finish. 94-95 points.

2004 Oremus 4 putt Tokaji ( forgot the vineyard).
Good acidity great with thick creamy deserts - cuts through and gives balance.

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