1990 Cuvee Winston Churchill Pol Roger: This was a promising start to a great meal and was a probably everyone’s favorite of the night. It was golden in color, nutty butterscotch flavors, incredibly yeasty and a long, long finish. It was so good I felt faint with delight.
1988 de Fargues: A dark, deep golden color. Sweet with a rich melted butter texture. Tamed acidity, it reminded me of the caramel sauce that surrounds flan. Lovely, especially with Garcon’s duck pate and worked extremely well with the raw oysters, who would have guessed?
2006 Corton Charlemagne, Rapet: Sleek and crisp. Doesn’t show any of the ripeness of many ’06 white Burgs. Rocky and minerally. Classic.
2006 Batard Montrachet, Maltroye: Big, full and slightly reduced on the nose when first poured. A much brawnier and bigger wine than the Rapet, this needed time to develop. I saved a few sips in a glass and came back to it with my entrée…really opened up, delicious.
1998 Latour: My notes start to get sloppy here as I’m now enjoying the moment. The Latour was surprisingly restrained and shy. We probably should have decanted this wine earlier in the evening. Amazing.
1996 La Mission Haut Brion: Amazing aromatics…you could smell the wine with an outstretched arm. The stand-out of the night.
1995 Leoville Las Cases: Sweet, rich and powerful. Massive amounts of fruit. Youthful. Terrific