1929 Beaune - Doctor Barolet selection ( H. Villamont)
A great many significant events occured in 1929 which would reshape the later parts of the 20th century - a monumental year by any measure.
- The beginning of the great depression ushered in by the stock market crash in the United States
- The first public telephone booth call was made
- The Vatican was established as an independent jurisdiction by the Lateran treaty
- The first Academy awards were given out
- The EEG was invented
What a surprise on opening this 80-year old wine - it was still alive & kicking! The color was light but healthy. Immediately on opening, smells of plums, hints of tea and a touch of figs. Balanced and consistent on the palate, fine tannins but not the quite the kind you expect from a GC on the Nuit side. Over the course of 10-15 minutes of air contact the tannins started to reassert themselves and had a bit of an edge - this then softened over the next 15-20 minutes. Surprisingly, the nose reminds me of Armand Rosseau's Chambertin. In the mouth, it's a slightly different story - again definitely not GC finesse. It had the energy, balance, acidity, complexity. A wonderful experience trying, experiencing and partaking in history.
1933- Beaune Premier Bouchard Pere
As the US started bottoming out here were the highlights of historical events of 1933
- Construction of the Golden Gate bridge begins
- Newsweek magazines is published
- Franklin D Roosevelt becomes US president and begins the "New Deal"
- Nissan Motors begins operation
- Adolph Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany and the Nazi party comes into power
Holy cow! This thing does not resemble a 76 year old wine. It must have been suspended animation. Color is extremely deep and young ( given the age) - you would have confused this for at most a 20 year old Burgundy. Nose is a bit more reserved not as seductive and complex as the the 1929; bit more monolithic as well on the palate. Compared to the previous bottle this was more of a "bulldog" - tough and wound up. Tannic structure was more heavy and to me not as fine as the previous bottle ( again these are both Beaunes! ). Nit-picking aside, given that is Bouchard is 76 years old - completely amazing condition. Hope I'm in that good shape when or if I get there.
1949 - Moet & Chandon Rose
Some landmark geopolitical events shaped this year and for years to come.
- The People's Republic of China is officially proclaimed
- Chiang Kai Shek's army retreats to Taiwan
- The Federal Republic of Germany is officialy founded.
I had high hopes for this one but it was not to be. DOA. Oxydised, no go. Blech.