Another night of some good wine - and some disappointments.
Among the disappointments:
An oxydized Dauvissat Chablis Les Clos 2000
A distinctly odd Leon Beyer Riesling Vendange Tardive 1995
And biggest heartbreak of all a corked Allemand Cornas Reynard 2000! I consider Thierry Allemand perhaps the best and most interesting winemaker in the Rhone, and his wines are very rare.
Among the succesess:
A Duplessis Chablis Fourchaume 2000, fresh like a daisy and minerally and cleansing.
A fine Meursault-Blagny 2007 from Matrot. Superb acids with some underlying yellow fruit.
Two JJ Prums, a Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spætlese 1999, fresh and gracious as a ballet dancer, and a WS Auslese 2004, young and sweet, both brought out for the cheeses.
For the main meat course:
An incredibly fine Ch Talbot 89, sweet and succulent, perhaps the best Talbot I've had
A bruiser of a Grand-Puy-Lacoste 88, some dusty tannins characteristic of the vintage, a brute.
BTW; all wines were served blind and I guessed the vintage of both these, and also the appelation (St Julien) of the Talbot. But the Grand-Puy-Lacoste had more of a St Estephe character.
A sweet and elegant Barolo Monprivato 2001 from Giacome Mascarello, quite burgundian.
A Vajra Barolo Bricco Viole 96 hastily brought up by the host to substitute for the Allemand., should have been decanted for a day (like my Monprivato had been)
A slightly pruney and big Barolo Vigna Rionda 98 from Massolino, I have a few in my cellar, no haste
A very fine Pommard Rugiens 2002 from Jadot (not mine, but I have a few of this as well), pretty Pinot primary.