Tuesday 7 March 2023

Tasting Dinner With Vintages Ending With A "3"

My second tasting dinner with this very special theme - all wines has a vintage that ends with the same number. In this case - "3".
My first tasting dinner had the theme - "5" - Barolista: Tasting Dinner With Vintages Ending With A "5"

Flight I
2013 Gentilhomme, A R Lenoble
A stony, dry nose with notes of ginger, lemon peel, nuts and chalk. A fine steely character.
The taste is cool and elegant with notes of apple juice, flint, steel and fried nuts. A fine acidity. 6+ years.
91p   (tasted 2023/02)

Salmon tartar and duck liver

2013 Amour de Deutz Rosé, Deutz
A deep, refined nose with notes of red apples, wild strawberries, chrushed rocks and hints of seashells. Very fine.
The taste is racy and fine with notes of red apples, strawberries, wet stones and chalk. A long, lingering finish. Very fine. 5+ years.
94p   (tasted 2023/02)

Flight II
1963 Sercial, Leacock´s
A high, intense nose with beautiful notes of yellow raisins, autumn apples, wet leaves, iron and detergent. Very complex and fine.
The taste is deep, multi layered and goes on for minutes. Lots of autumn apples, wet earth, iron and assorted nuts. Lovely.
95p   (tasted 2023/02)

Consomme with sweetbreads and mushrooms

Flight III
1983 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Garennes, Coron P & F
A fine mature nose with notes of dried apricots, earth, dry lemon and birch leaves. Dry and fine.
The taste is soft and dry with notes of dried orange peel, dried apricots and gravel. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2023/02)

1993 Dry Botrytis Semillon, De Bortoli
A large scaled, interesting nose with notes of dried apricots, mosquito repellent, wool and warm grass. Deep.
The taste is big and dry with notes of apricots, rubber, dried grass and mahogany. Fully mature.
88p   (tasted 2023/02)

2013 Saint-Aubin Les Frionnes, Hubert Lamy
A very handsome, polished nose with notes of candied lemons, lemon cream, smoke and warm rocks. Very fine.
The taste is energetic and refined with an almost electric finesse, candied lemons, white flowers and stale nuts. Very young. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2023/02)

2013 Napa Valley Chardonnay, Hyde de Villaine
A very deep, tight nose with gorgeous fruit in the shape of lemon cream, ripe peach and mango. A hint of expensive oak. Very, very fine.
The taste is tight, smoky and very deep with stunning fruit, a cleansing acidity and a long, long finish. Lovely. 3+ years.
95p   (tasted 2023/02)

Flight IV
1973 Charmes-Chambertin, Henri Perrot-Minot
A deep, finely mature nose with notes of dried raspberries, forest floor, old leather, smoke and tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is round and mature with notes of dried up raspberry jam, cooked root vegetables, undergrowth and tobacco. A lovely drink on this day.
93p   (tasted 2023/02)

1973 Rioja Gran Reserva, La Rioja Alta
A lovely, deep, classic Rioja nose with notes of dill, dried strawberries, seashells and sugared coffee. Very, very good.
The taste is soft and juicy with fine mature fruit, tender tannins and long, sweet finish. A very fine warmth.
91p   (tasted 2023/02)

1973 Barolo, Tenuta Costamagna
A little over the top mature with notes of dried strawberries, dry undergrowth, earth and some decaying flowers.
The taste is a tad livelier with notes of dried cherries, Lange earth, rosehips and a fine dried up sweetness. Good.
85p   (tasted 2023/02)

Rabbit terrine

1973 Clos de Vougeot, Drouhin-Laroze
A lot of mushrooms and undergrowth paired with notes of dried herbs, iron and some redbeet aromas.
The taste is dry and mature with a fine dried up warmth and notes of red cherries, sand and herbs. A bit over the hill although it brought a fine companion to the food.
87p   (tasted 2023/02)

Flight V
1993 Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru En Rue de Chaux, Bertrand Ambroise
A cool, meaty nose with notes of wild raspberries, spices, root vegetables and leather. Compact. Very, very good.
The taste is taut and focused with assorted dried red fruits, a very good acidity and a long structured finish. Almost fully mature, this will always be a sturdy Burgundy, 
91p   (tasted 2023/02)

2003 Beaune Greves Vigne l´Enfant Jesus, Bouchard
A very deep, dark nose with notes of forest floor, ripe raspberries with some blueberries tossed in, red beets and violets. Very fine.
The taste is still young with tight red fruit, a fine balance and a long, long finish. Notes of ripe raspberries, leather, herbs and wet earth. 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2023/02)

2013 Pinot Noir Obelin, Antica Terra
A very deep, hedonistic nose with ripe red and black fruit, a meaty aroma, fried root vegetables and lots of fresh herbs. This is good!
The taste is tight and concentrated with boatloads of ripe wild strawberries, moist forest floor, cigar smoke and wild herbs. Long and juicy. Very fine. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2023/02)

Flight VI
1983 Moulin Touchais
A cool, rather light nose with notes of dry rubber, hay, dried mango and dried up vanilla pods. Good.
The taste is soft and mature with notes of dried tangerines, nuts, milk chocolate and hay. A good acidity but this is not one of the great Moulin Touchais.
85p   (tasted 2023/02)

1983 Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos
Bought in 1990 from the state monopoly for 8 Euro - time to open it! A very fine, medium sweet nose with notes of yellow raisins, almond paste, dried orange peel and assorted nuts. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied with fine notes of orange peel, cold sugared coffee, nuts and apricots. Could still develop some. Fine.
91p   (tasted 2023/02)

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