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  1. #1
    DaleW Guest

    Default TN: 1989 Bordeaux at Mortons

    A few winegeeks gathered at Morton's in midtown to check in on the
    1989 Bordeaux last night. A couple of cancellations left us with a
    smaller group, but personally I like groups of 7. No worries re pours,
    opportunities to retry things during the night, chance to actually
    converse with everyone there.

    I just have to say, we got lucky. Nothing corked, no off bottles of
    any kind, pretty much everything showed quite well. I enjoyed my crab
    cake (the lone white was gone by then, the one weakness of Morton's
    for claret dinners is not much red friendly on the appetizer list), my
    ribeye, the sides.

    We started with a bottle of the 2004 Fevre "Bougros" Chablis GC
    (actually, I never looked closely at the bottle, but assume this was
    the regular Bougros and not the Cote de B-whatever). A really fine
    showing, big with clean ripe fruit, but good acids, steely nose, chalk
    and limestone. I really enjoyed this, and should have saved some for
    that crab cake! Young but drinking quite well already. A-

    Ramon started us off with a blind bottle. Clearly Bordeaux , with
    cassis fruit and a bit of tobacco and leather. I got just a slight
    hint of bandaid and poop and started thinking Cordier. Some St Julien
    guesses, when Ramon said no we went north and said St Estephe. I
    thought maybe Meyney, but underestimated Ramon's generosity, it was
    the 1989 Montrose. Good and young, a better showing than a bottle at
    Montrose vertical. It was pretty good then, but resipped towards the
    end of the night it was showing especially well, and made it to #3 in
    my voting for WOTN. A-

    Next up a few flights of two (not blind)

    1989*Pichon Baron - dense, dark, and delicious. Nice texture,
    excellent length. Young but drinking quite well. My WOTN vote. A-/A

    1989 Pichon Lalande - much lighter color, more red (raspberry and red
    currant) fruit, nice herbal notes. Bright acids. B+

    I think most preferred the Baron.

    1989 Troplong Mondot - young, fresh, smokey, long. Very nice, but
    holding a bit in reserve right now. B+/A-

    1989 *L’Evangile - very intense herbal/minty/menthol nose. 2 people
    independently referenced Heitz Martha's without hearing each other.
    Nice black fruits, that pretty herbal note, some cigarbox just peeking
    in. Good length, I liked very much (my previous bottle didn't show so
    much menthol). My #2 of the reds for the night. A-

    1989 *Cos D’Estournel -softer than I expected, tobacco, earth, good
    fruit. Surprisingly ready and very enjoyable. I think I was only
    person who gave it slight edge over the Lynch. A-/B+

    1989*Lynch Bages -big, burly, brawny. Very cassis driven, fairly
    tannic, quite ripe. Leadpencil/cedar. Nice but could use a little
    time. B+/A-

    One last wine, served by itself. The 1989 Tertre Rotebeuf is a very
    big wine, but doesn't seem ungainly or overextracted. Big dense dark
    fruit, chocolate and a little olive note, long finish. Certainly
    "modern-styled" but not over the top and quite attractive. A-/B+

    We finished with a 1989 Climens generously furnished by David. This
    is really singing. Apricots, bright citrus, candied orange peel. He
    says he got this ex-chateau, color is light and young. Very long, very
    delicious. Not allowed in the voting, but would have been a candidate
    for WOTN. A-/A

    Fun night with a good group. Thanks Matt for organizing.

    Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an
    excellent*wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I
    wouldn't*drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I
    offer no*promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of
    consistency.**

  2. #2
    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: TN: 1989 Bordeaux at Mortons

    On Nov 12, 9:22*am, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    > A few winegeeks gathered at Morton's in midtown to check in on the
    > 1989 Bordeaux last night. A couple of cancellations left us with a
    > smaller group, but personally I like groups of 7. No worries re pours,
    > opportunities to retry things during the night, chance to actually
    > converse with everyone there.
    >
    > I just have to say, we got lucky. Nothing corked, no off bottles of
    > any kind, pretty much everything showed quite well. I enjoyed my crab
    > cake (the lone white was gone by then, the one weakness of Morton's
    > for claret dinners is not much red friendly on the appetizer list), my
    > ribeye, the sides.
    >
    > We started with a bottle of the 2004 Fevre "Bougros" Chablis GC
    > (actually, I never looked closely at the bottle, but assume this was
    > the regular Bougros and not the Cote de B-whatever). A really fine
    > showing, big with clean ripe fruit, but good acids, steely nose, chalk
    > and limestone. I really enjoyed this, and should have saved some for
    > that crab cake! Young but drinking quite well already. A-
    >
    > Ramon started us off with a blind bottle. *Clearly Bordeaux , with
    > cassis fruit and a bit of tobacco and leather. *I got just a slight
    > hint of bandaid and poop and started thinking Cordier. Some St Julien
    > guesses, when Ramon said no we went north and said St Estephe. I
    > thought maybe Meyney, but underestimated Ramon's generosity, it was
    > the 1989 Montrose. *Good and young, a better showing than a bottle at
    > Montrose vertical. It was pretty good then, but resipped towards the
    > end of the night it was showing especially well, and made it to #3 in
    > my voting for WOTN. A-
    >
    > Next up a few flights of two (not blind)
    >
    > 1989*Pichon Baron - dense, dark, and delicious. Nice texture,
    > excellent length. Young but drinking quite well. My WOTN vote. A-/A
    >
    > 1989 Pichon Lalande - much lighter color, more red (raspberry and red
    > currant) fruit, nice herbal notes. Bright acids. B+
    >
    > I think most preferred the Baron.
    >
    > 1989 Troplong Mondot - young, fresh, smokey, long. Very nice, but
    > holding *a bit in reserve right now. B+/A-
    >
    > 1989 *L’Evangile - very intense herbal/minty/menthol nose. 2 people
    > independently referenced Heitz Martha's without hearing each other.
    > Nice black fruits, that pretty herbal note, some cigarbox just peeking
    > in. Good length, I liked very much (my previous bottle didn't show so
    > much menthol). My #2 of the reds for the night. A-
    >
    > 1989 *Cos D’Estournel -softer than I expected, tobacco, earth, good
    > fruit. Surprisingly ready and very enjoyable. I think I was only
    > person who gave it slight edge over the Lynch. A-/B+
    >
    > 1989*Lynch Bages -big, burly, brawny. Very cassis driven, fairly
    > tannic, quite ripe. *Leadpencil/cedar. Nice but could use a little
    > time. B+/A-
    >
    > One last wine, served by itself. The 1989 Tertre Rotebeuf is a very
    > big wine, but doesn't seem ungainly or overextracted. Big dense dark
    > fruit, chocolate and a little olive note, long finish. Certainly
    > "modern-styled" but not over the top and quite attractive. A-/B+
    >
    > We finished with a 1989 Climens generously furnished by David. *This
    > is really singing. Apricots, bright citrus, candied orange peel. He
    > says he got this ex-chateau, color is light and young. Very long, very
    > delicious. Not allowed in the voting, but would have been a candidate
    > for WOTN. A-/A
    >
    > Fun night with a good group. Thanks Matt for organizing.
    >
    > Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an
    > excellent*wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I
    > wouldn't*drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I
    > offer no*promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of
    > consistency.**


    Oops, it's Le Tertre Rôteboeuf of course

  3. #3
    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: TN: 1989 Bordeaux at Mortons

    On Nov 12, 9:22*am, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    > A few winegeeks gathered at Morton's in midtown to check in on the
    > 1989 Bordeaux last night. A couple of cancellations left us with a
    > smaller group, but personally I like groups of 7. No worries re pours,
    > opportunities to retry things during the night, chance to actually
    > converse with everyone there.
    >
    > I just have to say, we got lucky. Nothing corked, no off bottles of
    > any kind, pretty much everything showed quite well. I enjoyed my crab
    > cake (the lone white was gone by then, the one weakness of Morton's
    > for claret dinners is not much red friendly on the appetizer list), my
    > ribeye, the sides.
    >
    > We started with a bottle of the 2004 Fevre "Bougros" Chablis GC
    > (actually, I never looked closely at the bottle, but assume this was
    > the regular Bougros and not the Cote de B-whatever). A really fine
    > showing, big with clean ripe fruit, but good acids, steely nose, chalk
    > and limestone. I really enjoyed this, and should have saved some for
    > that crab cake! Young but drinking quite well already. A-
    >
    > Ramon started us off with a blind bottle. *Clearly Bordeaux , with
    > cassis fruit and a bit of tobacco and leather. *I got just a slight
    > hint of bandaid and poop and started thinking Cordier. Some St Julien
    > guesses, when Ramon said no we went north and said St Estephe. I
    > thought maybe Meyney, but underestimated Ramon's generosity, it was
    > the 1989 Montrose. *Good and young, a better showing than a bottle at
    > Montrose vertical. It was pretty good then, but resipped towards the
    > end of the night it was showing especially well, and made it to #3 in
    > my voting for WOTN. A-
    >
    > Next up a few flights of two (not blind)
    >
    > 1989*Pichon Baron - dense, dark, and delicious. Nice texture,
    > excellent length. Young but drinking quite well. My WOTN vote. A-/A
    >
    > 1989 Pichon Lalande - much lighter color, more red (raspberry and red
    > currant) fruit, nice herbal notes. Bright acids. B+
    >
    > I think most preferred the Baron.
    >
    > 1989 Troplong Mondot - young, fresh, smokey, long. Very nice, but
    > holding *a bit in reserve right now. B+/A-
    >
    > 1989 *L’Evangile - very intense herbal/minty/menthol nose. 2 people
    > independently referenced Heitz Martha's without hearing each other.
    > Nice black fruits, that pretty herbal note, some cigarbox just peeking
    > in. Good length, I liked very much (my previous bottle didn't show so
    > much menthol). My #2 of the reds for the night. A-
    >
    > 1989 *Cos D’Estournel -softer than I expected, tobacco, earth, good
    > fruit. Surprisingly ready and very enjoyable. I think I was only
    > person who gave it slight edge over the Lynch. A-/B+
    >
    > 1989*Lynch Bages -big, burly, brawny. Very cassis driven, fairly
    > tannic, quite ripe. *Leadpencil/cedar. Nice but could use a little
    > time. B+/A-
    >
    > One last wine, served by itself. The 1989 Tertre Rotebeuf is a very
    > big wine, but doesn't seem ungainly or overextracted. Big dense dark
    > fruit, chocolate and a little olive note, long finish. Certainly
    > "modern-styled" but not over the top and quite attractive. A-/B+
    >
    > We finished with a 1989 Climens generously furnished by David. *This
    > is really singing. Apricots, bright citrus, candied orange peel. He
    > says he got this ex-chateau, color is light and young. Very long, very
    > delicious. Not allowed in the voting, but would have been a candidate
    > for WOTN. A-/A
    >
    > Fun night with a good group. Thanks Matt for organizing.
    >
    > Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an
    > excellent*wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I
    > wouldn't*drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I
    > offer no*promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of
    > consistency.**


    I should ALWAYS look at the label rather than just listen. The Fevre
    was indeed the Bougros- Cote de Bouguerots

  4. #4
    Bi!! Guest

    Default Re: TN: 1989 Bordeaux at Mortons

    On Nov 12, 10:03*am, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    > On Nov 12, 9:22*am, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > A few winegeeks gathered at Morton's in midtown to check in on the
    > > 1989 Bordeaux last night. A couple of cancellations left us with a
    > > smaller group, but personally I like groups of 7. No worries re pours,
    > > opportunities to retry things during the night, chance to actually
    > > converse with everyone there.

    >
    > > I just have to say, we got lucky. Nothing corked, no off bottles of
    > > any kind, pretty much everything showed quite well. I enjoyed my crab
    > > cake (the lone white was gone by then, the one weakness of Morton's
    > > for claret dinners is not much red friendly on the appetizer list), my
    > > ribeye, the sides.

    >
    > > We started with a bottle of the 2004 Fevre "Bougros" Chablis GC
    > > (actually, I never looked closely at the bottle, but assume this was
    > > the regular Bougros and not the Cote de B-whatever). A really fine
    > > showing, big with clean ripe fruit, but good acids, steely nose, chalk
    > > and limestone. I really enjoyed this, and should have saved some for
    > > that crab cake! Young but drinking quite well already. A-

    >
    > > Ramon started us off with a blind bottle. *Clearly Bordeaux , with
    > > cassis fruit and a bit of tobacco and leather. *I got just a slight
    > > hint of bandaid and poop and started thinking Cordier. Some St Julien
    > > guesses, when Ramon said no we went north and said St Estephe. I
    > > thought maybe Meyney, but underestimated Ramon's generosity, it was
    > > the 1989 Montrose. *Good and young, a better showing than a bottle at
    > > Montrose vertical. It was pretty good then, but resipped towards the
    > > end of the night it was showing especially well, and made it to #3 in
    > > my voting for WOTN. A-

    >
    > > Next up a few flights of two (not blind)

    >
    > > 1989*Pichon Baron - dense, dark, and delicious. Nice texture,
    > > excellent length. Young but drinking quite well. My WOTN vote. A-/A

    >
    > > 1989 Pichon Lalande - much lighter color, more red (raspberry and red
    > > currant) fruit, nice herbal notes. Bright acids. B+

    >
    > > I think most preferred the Baron.

    >
    > > 1989 Troplong Mondot - young, fresh, smokey, long. Very nice, but
    > > holding *a bit in reserve right now. B+/A-

    >
    > > 1989 *L’Evangile - very intense herbal/minty/menthol nose. 2 people
    > > independently referenced Heitz Martha's without hearing each other.
    > > Nice black fruits, that pretty herbal note, some cigarbox just peeking
    > > in. Good length, I liked very much (my previous bottle didn't show so
    > > much menthol). My #2 of the reds for the night. A-

    >
    > > 1989 *Cos D’Estournel -softer than I expected, tobacco, earth, good
    > > fruit. Surprisingly ready and very enjoyable. I think I was only
    > > person who gave it slight edge over the Lynch. A-/B+

    >
    > > 1989*Lynch Bages -big, burly, brawny. Very cassis driven, fairly
    > > tannic, quite ripe. *Leadpencil/cedar. Nice but could use a little
    > > time. B+/A-

    >
    > > One last wine, served by itself. The 1989 Tertre Rotebeuf is a very
    > > big wine, but doesn't seem ungainly or overextracted. Big dense dark
    > > fruit, chocolate and a little olive note, long finish. Certainly
    > > "modern-styled" but not over the top and quite attractive. A-/B+

    >
    > > We finished with a 1989 Climens generously furnished by David. *This
    > > is really singing. Apricots, bright citrus, candied orange peel. He
    > > says he got this ex-chateau, color is light and young. Very long, very
    > > delicious. Not allowed in the voting, but would have been a candidate
    > > for WOTN. A-/A

    >
    > > Fun night with a good group. Thanks Matt for organizing.

    >
    > > Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an
    > > excellent*wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I
    > > wouldn't*drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I
    > > offer no*promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of
    > > consistency.**

    >
    > I should ALWAYS look at the label rather than just listen. The Fevre
    > was indeed the Bougros- Cote de Bouguerots- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    I just bought a mixed case of 2007 Fevre and opened a Bougros-
    CdB....delish!

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