Pre-2000 Bordeaux Blind tasting

Bordeaux Pre-2000,
Blind Tasting Dinner

Restaurant 42, White Plains
December 17, 2012

Starter wines:

2011 Hamilton Russel Vineyards Chardonnay, South Africa.
Stony, Mineral, yet with full ripe citrus fruit

1991 Havens Chardonnay,
California (Magnum).

Deep golden color with no browning, good acid with flavors of caramel, almonds. An amazing non Reserve California Chardonnay, still drinking well, after 20+ years.


Flight 1

1982 Chateau-Lascombes, Margaux, France.
At first aromas of iron, earth but lacking in fruit continued to open and evolve with
very strong tobacco leaf with building fruit profile. Perfectly integrated tannins.
Drinking beautifully… probably the WINE OF THE NIGHT.

1983 Chateau Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, France.
Detected aromas of mint (eucalyptus?) or cedar also drinking very well. As it sat in glass it continued to change with flavors of grilled meat and tobacco.

1989 Chateau Leoville Las Cases, St. Julien, France.
Compared to first wines, very youthful and slightly tannic- will be a beautiful wine
(has PLENTY ) of life left.

Not sure the next wines can be any better…

Flight 2

1990 Chateau Meyney, Saint Estephe, France.
iron, rusty slightly raisinated. Not much fruit at first but as it sat in the glass some came back. Maybe past it’s peak?

1996 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, France.
slightly astringent with chunky tannins.  Definitely improved the longer it sat in glass.  This wine is too young but shows promise.

1987 Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California.
Sweet ripe fruit and youthful. Long finish. Wine is still tight, hard to believe this is  25 years old.

Flight 3

 1994 Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards, Napa Valley, California.
dark fruit (currant) and full bodied.

1994 Saddleback Cellars, Napa Valley California.
Big rich fruit with noticeable oak. Some thought this was Rultherford Cab as it had some dusty tannin.  Drinking well.

1994 Philip Togni Vineyard, Napa Valley California.
inky black color. Huge nose of shoepolish? Some said it smelled like wet cement (a great description). Wine seems like it needs at least 5-10 years?

Note: The group correctly identified that all wines are from California

Flight 4

1990 Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California.
concentrated, full bodied, extracted, with sweet fruit, oak and some spice.

1992 Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California.
DARK color, red and black fruits with some spice. Is this the same wine as the first?

1996 Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California.
more concentrated sweet, jammy fruit.

A few of the group said that #1 and #2 were the same wine, others said that #2 and #3 were the same wine. This group knows Montelena.



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