Monday 7 November 2011

The Perfect Ones - Part 1

I have taken notes on wines since 1991, that´s 20 years now (where did they go? :-)). I taste on average around 600 wines per year. Still I have only scored 22 different wines (although some more than once) with 100p. I may have a high threshold for perfection? Or I don´t drink enough great wines? :-)
Anyway, this serie, in 22 parts, will highlight these - in my view - perfect wines. And hopefully there will be more to come!

1964 Grands-Echezeaux, Leroy
Well, what better start then with a perfect Burgundy from my birth year! This was tasted among other 64`s to celebrate my 40th birthday (see the others below).
A bottomless deep, hauntingly perfect nose with the sweetest strawberrys imaginable, wet earth, some smoke and a touch of wood. It has layers upon layers of sweet, decadant fruit, although the strawberries is the dominant part. Almost to good on the nose to drink!
But drank it we did - and what nectar it was! Perfect maturity, sweet, sweet fruit matched with warm herbs, and those, almost, rotten vegetables smell and taste, that great Burgundy have. Some forest smoke. The tannins are perfectly integrated, but still leaves a mark in the finish, which is over one minute long. Utterly gorgeous!
100p   (tasted 2005/02)

The other wines were:
1990 Dom Perignon (mag)   (93p)
1964 Gonzalez Byass Finest Dry Oloroso   (97p)
1964 Batard-Montrachet, Roger de Jounnes   (84p)
1964 Corton Grancey, Louis Latour   (92p)
1964 Corton Les Marechaudes, Doudet-Naudin   (96p)
1964 Clos des Tart, Mommensin   (88p)
1964 Clos de Vougeot, Château de la Tour   (93p)
1964 Romanée-St-Vivant, Louis Latour   (95p)
1964 Romanée-St-Vivant, DRC   (92p)
1964 Chambertin, Pierré Andre   (88p)
1964 Bual, Justino Henriques   (89p)
1964 Bual, Blandy´s   (93p)

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