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  1. #1
    Godzilla Guest

    Default 1982 Mouton breathing advice

    A while back, I posted about my quandary with a certain restaurant where
    I planned to go to celebrate a 50th anniversary with my bottle of 1982
    Mouton. There were some thoughtful responses, which I appreciate.

    Not having made a final decision, one question may help me choose.
    How long should the bottle of 1982 Mouton be opened to breathe?
    I look forward to your knowledgeable responses.

    Thanks,

    Godzilla

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    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: 1982 Mouton breathing advice

    On May 5, 4:57*pm, Godzilla <godzi...@monsters.org> wrote:
    > A while back, I posted about my quandary with a certain restaurant where
    > I planned to go to celebrate a 50th anniversary with my bottle of 1982
    > Mouton. There were some thoughtful responses, which I appreciate.
    >
    > Not having made a final decision, one question may help me choose.
    > How long should the bottle of 1982 Mouton be opened to breathe?
    > I look forward to your knowledgeable responses.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Godzilla


    You could check it out at Cellartracker - some people post what they
    did.
    It's a big wine. I know lots of people would suggest multi-hour decant
    (like 4-8), but I'd rather err on side of caution. .Do I remember
    you're taking to a restaurant? Personally, if it were me, I'd
    probably decant 2-3 hours before dinner. If it seems open, gently
    complete the double decant (back to bottle). If not, let it sit till
    ready to leave. But that's seat of pants guessing.

  3. #3
    Lew/Silat Guest

    Default Re: 1982 Mouton breathing advice


    "Godzilla" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:ed81a$4be1dbb8$cf9b13a1$[email protected]..
    >A while back, I posted about my quandary with a certain restaurant where
    > I planned to go to celebrate a 50th anniversary with my bottle of 1982
    > Mouton. There were some thoughtful responses, which I appreciate.
    >
    > Not having made a final decision, one question may help me choose.
    > How long should the bottle of 1982 Mouton be opened to breathe?
    > I look forward to your knowledgeable responses.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Godzilla


    If you are familiar with the wine person at the restaurant why not deliver
    the bottle early and let him/her start the process?

    Lew


  4. #4
    Godzilla Guest

    Default Re: 1982 Mouton breathing advice

    On Wed, 05 May 2010 19:28:36 -0700, DaleW wrote:

    > On May 5, 4:57¬*pm, Godzilla <godzi...@monsters.org> wrote:
    >> A while back, I posted about my quandary with a certain restaurant
    >> where I planned to go to celebrate a 50th anniversary with my bottle of
    >> 1982 Mouton. There were some thoughtful responses, which I appreciate.
    >>
    >> Not having made a final decision, one question may help me choose. How
    >> long should the bottle of 1982 Mouton be opened to breathe? I look
    >> forward to your knowledgeable responses.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> Godzilla

    >
    > You could check it out at Cellartracker - some people post what they
    > did.
    > It's a big wine. I know lots of people would suggest multi-hour decant
    > (like 4-8), but I'd rather err on side of caution. .Do I remember you're
    > taking to a restaurant? Personally, if it were me, I'd probably decant
    > 2-3 hours before dinner. If it seems open, gently complete the double
    > decant (back to bottle). If not, let it sit till ready to leave. But
    > that's seat of pants guessing.


    I had not known about Cellar Tracker. Thanks for the link. After going
    there, one discovers that if you ask ten people what is optimum you are
    liable to get twenty answers. ;-)

    Nevertheless, when dealing with something that is a precious commodity
    that I could never afford on my own, it is sounding provident to save it
    a while longer and consume it at home where I can control the variables
    of decanting without shaking up the sediment in an auto ride.

    No decision yet, but I do appreciate all input.

    Godzilla

  5. #5
    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: 1982 Mouton breathing advice

    On May 6, 8:56*am, Godzilla <godzi...@monsters.org> wrote:
    > On Wed, 05 May 2010 19:28:36 -0700, DaleW wrote:
    > > On May 5, 4:57*pm, Godzilla <godzi...@monsters.org> wrote:
    > >> A while back, I posted about my quandary with a certain restaurant
    > >> where I planned to go to celebrate a 50th anniversary with my bottle of
    > >> 1982 Mouton. There were some thoughtful responses, which I appreciate.

    >
    > >> Not having made a final decision, one question may help me choose. How
    > >> long should the bottle of 1982 Mouton be opened to breathe? I look
    > >> forward to your knowledgeable responses.

    >
    > >> Thanks,

    >
    > >> Godzilla

    >
    > > You could check it out at Cellartracker - some people post what they
    > > did.
    > > It's a big wine. I know lots of people would suggest multi-hour decant
    > > (like 4-8), but I'd rather err on side of caution. .Do I remember you're
    > > taking to a restaurant? *Personally, if it were me, I'd probably decant
    > > 2-3 hours before dinner. If it seems open, gently complete the double
    > > decant (back to bottle). If not, let it sit till ready to leave. But
    > > that's seat of pants guessing.

    >
    > I had not known about Cellar Tracker. Thanks for the link. After going
    > there, one discovers that if you ask ten people what is optimum you are
    > liable to get twenty answers. ;-)
    >
    > Nevertheless, when dealing with something that is a precious commodity
    > that I could never afford on my own, it is sounding provident to save it
    > a while longer and consume it at home where I can control the variables
    > of decanting without shaking up the sediment in an auto ride.
    >
    > No decision yet, but I do appreciate all input.
    >
    > Godzilla


    Indeed, different strategies, but I think general agreement that there
    should be some serious decanting time.
    Kind of bottle I'd prefer to observe over 8 hours rather than 2.
    Enjoy your meal no matter what you drink, and enjoy your Mouton no
    matter when you drink it!

  6. #6
    Anders TÝrneskog Guest

    Default Re: 1982 Mouton breathing advice

    Some three years ago I and friends had a Mouton -82 along with Latour -70,
    Margaux -78 and Palmer
    -78 among others.
    The Mouton was opened 4 hours in advance but not decanted. It was excellent
    at start but became a lot more impressive during the evening.
    I'd suggest decanting 3 hours ahead of serving.

    Btw, the WOTN of the above tasting was a Ch. Montelena of a far younger
    vintage...1999 or so (notes lost) (my winner was the Mouton, ahead of the
    Latour and then Montelena)

    Anders



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