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Thread: TN: Bdx at Apiary (accidental Ducru vertical, plus others)

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    DaleW Guest

    Default TN: Bdx at Apiary (accidental Ducru vertical, plus others)

    Paul gathered a nice group of six for some blind Bordeaux at Apiary.
    Scott Bryan (formerly of Veritas) has put together a nice fairly
    casual place. I really enjoyed my food, an appetizer of lightly smoked
    salmon topped with a runny egg, roe, and a remoulade-ish sauce, and a
    main course of excellent duck breast over whipped celeriac and some
    lentils (nice portion sizes).

    Starter wine was the 1985 Charles *Heidsieck "Champagne Charlie"
    Brut. A sniff of the bottle at first seemed a little funky/cheesy,
    but disappeared as it was poured. Medium to full bodied, lots of
    citrusy fruit, just a hint of Parker house rolls. Good length. Nice
    though not profound. B+

    The reds were (mostly) blind and (mostly) in flights of 2. I took only
    rudimentary notes, made mostly poor guesses, but had a good time:

    First Flight:
    #1 - Medium bodied, some tannins, fairly high acidity. Group goes
    Medoc, I venture '79 based on acids. Nope. Both red and black fruits,
    earthy, cedary. Pretty good, might have been a bit better if paired
    with meat. B+ 1975 Ducru Beaucaillou

    #2- no guesses from me (my wine). Cork broke, it was decanted but a
    bit cloudy. Nose is pretty nice, earthy forest floor notes with some
    tobacco. Cassis fruit, resolved tannins. Group got Medoc right away,
    and Taylor called St Julien early,. B+/A- 1970 Ducru Beaucaillou

    Second Flight
    #1 - a bit lighter, but fairly good fruit- red plums with lots of
    minty/herby notes. Group says Right Bank, I'm guessing Figeac, nope.
    I'm surprised and impressed with the 1976 Magdelaine. B/B+

    #2- groups goes Right, but our guesses center on 70s and early 80s.
    Good fruit, still some tannins, there's some cigarbox aromas. Begins
    to fade after a while, but impressive for 48- the 1961 La Gaffeliere
    Naudes. B+/A-

    Third Flight
    #1 - balanced, elegant, classic Medoc with young black fruit combined
    with a complex mix of loamy earth, cocoa, herbs, cedar. Lovely, long.
    A very good showing. My WOTN. A/A- 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou

    #2 - lighter, a bit older. Showing age, but still a nice wine. Some
    baking spices, forest floor, red fruits, a few remaining tannins.
    After someone guesses '71 and is told "no, but good guess" a couple of
    us go with '67.
    B/B+ 1967 Mouton Rothschild

    Fourth Flight
    #1 Corked. Aaaggghh. 1989 Angelus

    #2 isn't blind, the 1990 Angelus was mistakenly revealed in planning
    stages, so served non-blind. Rich deep cassis and kirsch fruit, lush
    and luscious. Fruit dominates, but there's lot happening here-
    cocoa, flowers, earth. Needs time. A-

    Richard pulls out a bonus bottle, others tell him to blind it, as I've
    glimpsed I don't guess. Paul quickly declares Right. Nice ripe black
    plum fruit with an overlay of leather and herbs, I'm pretty impressed
    with the 1981 La Conseillante. B+/A-

    I haven't been spitting, and really don't need any more wine, but
    somehow I have a couple pours of the 1986 Climens with my cheese
    course. Sweet with just a touch of heat, honey and orange peel, good
    length, nice. B+

    Another table sent over a pour of the 1990 (Hubert?) Lignier Clos de
    la Roche, I just smelled, but a great nose of cinnamon, black
    cherries, smoke, and mushrooms.

    Fun evening, excellent restaurant, nice crew. Except for the sadly
    corked Angelus, I'd happily drink any of those wines any night.

    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.
    *


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    Bi!! Guest

    Default Re: TN: Bdx at Apiary (accidental Ducru vertical, plus others)

    On Apr 14, 11:06�am, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    > Paul gathered a nice group of six for some blind Bordeaux at Apiary.
    > Scott Bryan (formerly of Veritas) has put together a nice fairly
    > casual place. I really enjoyed my food, an appetizer of lightly smoked
    > salmon topped with a runny egg, roe, and a remoulade-ish sauce, and a
    > main course of excellent duck breast over whipped celeriac and some
    > lentils (nice portion sizes).
    >
    > Starter wine was the 1985 Charles �Heidsieck "Champagne Charlie"
    > Brut. �A sniff of the bottle at first seemed a little funky/cheesy,
    > but disappeared as it was poured. Medium to full bodied, lots of
    > citrusy fruit, just a hint of Parker house rolls. Good length. Nice
    > though not profound. B+
    >
    > The reds were (mostly) blind and (mostly) in flights of 2. I took only
    > rudimentary notes, made mostly poor guesses, but had a good time:
    >
    > First Flight:
    > #1 - Medium bodied, some tannins, fairly high acidity. Group goes
    > Medoc, I venture '79 based on acids. Nope. Both red and black fruits,
    > earthy, cedary. Pretty good, might have been a bit better if paired
    > with meat. B+ �1975 Ducru Beaucaillou
    >
    > #2- no guesses from me (my wine). Cork broke, it was decanted �but a
    > bit cloudy. Nose is pretty nice, earthy forest floor notes �with some
    > tobacco. Cassis fruit, resolved tannins. Group got Medoc right away,
    > and Taylor called St Julien early,. B+/A- 1970 Ducru Beaucaillou
    >
    > Second Flight
    > #1 - a bit lighter, but fairly good fruit- red plums with lots of
    > minty/herby notes. Group says Right Bank, I'm guessing Figeac, nope.
    > I'm surprised and impressed with the 1976 Magdelaine. B/B+
    >
    > #2- groups goes Right, but our guesses center on 70s and early 80s.
    > Good fruit, still some tannins, there's some cigarbox aromas. Begins
    > to fade after a while, but impressive for 48- the 1961 La Gaffeliere
    > Naudes. B+/A-
    >
    > Third Flight
    > #1 - balanced, elegant, classic Medoc with young black fruit combined
    > with �a complex mix of loamy earth, cocoa, herbs, cedar. Lovely, long.
    > A very good showing. My WOTN. A/A- 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou
    >
    > #2 - lighter, a bit older. Showing age, but still a nice wine. Some
    > baking spices, forest floor, red fruits, a few remaining tannins.
    > After someone guesses '71 and is told "no, but good guess" a couple of
    > us go with '67.
    > B/B+ 1967 Mouton Rothschild
    >
    > Fourth Flight
    > #1 Corked. Aaaggghh. 1989 Angelus
    >
    > #2 isn't blind, the 1990 Angelus was mistakenly revealed in planning
    > stages, so served non-blind. Rich deep cassis and kirsch fruit, lush
    > and luscious. �Fruit dominates, but there's �lot happening here-
    > cocoa, flowers, earth. Needs time. �A-
    >
    > Richard pulls out a bonus bottle, others tell him to blind it, as I've
    > glimpsed I don't guess. Paul quickly declares Right. Nice ripe black
    > plum fruit with an overlay of leather and herbs, I'm pretty impressed
    > with the 1981 �La Conseillante. B+/A-
    >
    > I haven't been spitting, and really don't need any more wine, but
    > somehow I have a couple pours of the 1986 Climens with my cheese
    > course. Sweet with just a touch of heat, honey and orange peel, good
    > length, nice. B+
    >
    > Another table sent over a pour of the �1990 �(Hubert?) Lignier Clos de
    > la Roche, I just smelled, but a great nose of cinnamon, black
    > cherries, smoke, and mushrooms.
    >
    > Fun evening, excellent restaurant, nice crew. Except for the sadly
    > corked Angelus, I'd happily drink any of those wines any night.
    >
    > 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.
    > �


    The '82 Ducru is one of my all time favorites. I still have a few
    left a at least one 3L.

  3. #3
    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: TN: Bdx at Apiary (accidental Ducru vertical, plus others)

    On Apr 14, 11:59*am, "Bi!!" <rvwr...@aol.com> wrote:
    > On Apr 14, 11:06 am, DaleW <Dwmi...@aol.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > Paul gathered a nice group of six for some blind Bordeaux at Apiary.
    > > Scott Bryan (formerly of Veritas) has put together a nice fairly
    > > casual place. I really enjoyed my food, an appetizer of lightly smoked
    > > salmon topped with a runny egg, roe, and a remoulade-ish sauce, and a
    > > main course of excellent duck breast over whipped celeriac and some
    > > lentils (nice portion sizes).

    >
    > > Starter wine was the 1985 Charles Heidsieck "Champagne Charlie"
    > > Brut. A sniff of the bottle at first seemed a little funky/cheesy,
    > > but disappeared as it was poured. Medium to full bodied, lots of
    > > citrusy fruit, just a hint of Parker house rolls. Good length. Nice
    > > though not profound. B+

    >
    > > The reds were (mostly) blind and (mostly) in flights of 2. I took only
    > > rudimentary notes, made mostly poor guesses, but had a good time:

    >
    > > First Flight:
    > > #1 - Medium bodied, some tannins, fairly high acidity. Group goes
    > > Medoc, I venture '79 based on acids. Nope. Both red and black fruits,
    > > earthy, cedary. Pretty good, might have been a bit better if paired
    > > with meat. B+ 1975 Ducru Beaucaillou

    >
    > > #2- no guesses from me (my wine). Cork broke, it was decanted but a
    > > bit cloudy. Nose is pretty nice, earthy forest floor notes with some
    > > tobacco. Cassis fruit, resolved tannins. Group got Medoc right away,
    > > and Taylor called St Julien early,. B+/A- 1970 Ducru Beaucaillou

    >
    > > Second Flight
    > > #1 - a bit lighter, but fairly good fruit- red plums with lots of
    > > minty/herby notes. Group says Right Bank, I'm guessing Figeac, nope.
    > > I'm surprised and impressed with the 1976 Magdelaine. B/B+

    >
    > > #2- groups goes Right, but our guesses center on 70s and early 80s.
    > > Good fruit, still some tannins, there's some cigarbox aromas. Begins
    > > to fade after a while, but impressive for 48- the 1961 La Gaffeliere
    > > Naudes. B+/A-

    >
    > > Third Flight
    > > #1 - balanced, elegant, classic Medoc with young black fruit combined
    > > with a complex mix of loamy earth, cocoa, herbs, cedar. Lovely, long.
    > > A very good showing. My WOTN. A/A- 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou

    >
    > > #2 - lighter, a bit older. Showing age, but still a nice wine. Some
    > > baking spices, forest floor, red fruits, a few remaining tannins.
    > > After someone guesses '71 and is told "no, but good guess" a couple of
    > > us go with '67.
    > > B/B+ 1967 Mouton Rothschild

    >
    > > Fourth Flight
    > > #1 Corked. Aaaggghh. 1989 Angelus

    >
    > > #2 isn't blind, the 1990 Angelus was mistakenly revealed in planning
    > > stages, so served non-blind. Rich deep cassis and kirsch fruit, lush
    > > and luscious. Fruit dominates, but there's lot happening here-
    > > cocoa, flowers, earth. Needs time. A-

    >
    > > Richard pulls out a bonus bottle, others tell him to blind it, as I've
    > > glimpsed I don't guess. Paul quickly declares Right. Nice ripe black
    > > plum fruit with an overlay of leather and herbs, I'm pretty impressed
    > > with the 1981 La Conseillante. B+/A-

    >
    > > I haven't been spitting, and really don't need any more wine, but
    > > somehow I have a couple pours of the 1986 Climens with my cheese
    > > course. Sweet with just a touch of heat, honey and orange peel, good
    > > length, nice. B+

    >
    > > Another table sent over a pour of the 1990 (Hubert?) Lignier Clos de
    > > la Roche, I just smelled, but a great nose of cinnamon, black
    > > cherries, smoke, and mushrooms.

    >
    > > Fun evening, excellent restaurant, nice crew. Except for the sadly
    > > corked Angelus, I'd happily drink any of those wines any night.

    >
    > > 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.
    > >

    >
    > The '82 Ducru is one of my all time favorites. *I still have a few
    > left a at least one 3L.


    3L? Just let us know when to be there.....

    My friend Craig from Zachys auctions says the Lignier he sent over
    was Georges, not Hubert.

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