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    MY TOP 10 WINES OF THE 2016

    1. We crossed the bridge to the world of Pinot Noir, and we began with a world dominator, a magnum of 1988 Roumier Bonnes Mares Vieilles Vignes.  This wine was worth the trip to San Francisco.   Dapper Dave noted, ‘crazy velvet,’ and he wasn’t talking about Big Boy’s pants lol.  Actually, it was thanks to Big Boy that we had this incredibly rare wine.  This magnum left all the hens teethless, as only Big Boy could and still can do.  My notes started, ‘spectacular wine, out of control great.’  I am getting goosebumps just writing about it again.  Its nose had sappy, red cherry fruit with bright bing and traces of citrus.  Dave felt it was just entering its plateau.  Its palate was long and extraordinary, gritty and powerful.  This was a spicy hot mama that left me licking my lips after its last kiss good night.  It was so good that it left me concentrated all over (99M).

     

    2.The next wine was also from 1959, and ‘the best bottle I ever had,’ per Dr. Feelgood.  I think he meant the particular wine, but it could have been every bottle ever as this 1959 Lafite Rothschild was staggeringly good.  This was classic in every sense of the word.  The cedar, the wheat, the pencil…this was a rich and thick wine that was as good as Bordeaux gets.  Sebastien found it ‘deep,’ and there was super sweet fruit with a dry edge.  The Emperor found it ‘flawless’ (99).

      

    3.Big Boy and CB4 combined forces to officially detonate and dominate the evening with a spectacular jeroboam of 1971 DRC Romanee Conti.  This wine was thick as a brick in every which way, and its fireplace qualities made way for mucho menthol.  Its red and black fruit mélange was incroyable, and it was long and strong with great acid.  Olivier found it still ‘young,’ and its personality was both huge and fresh.  It doesn’t get any better than this.  This was a celestial bottle, all in the stars, like Tony LaRussa on how you play your Cards (99J).

     

    4.The 1971 DRC La Tache showed why this is one of the legendary La Taches of all time and in a peak performance zone right now.  Come to think of it, it’s been there about 10-15 years.  Its nose was beyond spectacular with crazy complexity.  The signature menthol, the red and purple fruits, and spices from seemingly every country on earth – Asian, Indian, Jamaican, insert your own country here.  Its finish was endless as its acidity continued to rock on past the witching hour (99).

     

    5.The 1990 Jacques Selosse that followed exceeded everything, and maybe its youth helped.  When it comes to all the assorted multi-vintage cuvees that Selosse makes, there can be varying degrees of quality; I sure wish he would make more vintage Champagne as they never cease to amaze me.  This was a spiny and super fresh Champagne, with hot sugar cube action and a long and flavorful personality.  This was a superb Champagne with spectacular length and cream and as good a bottle of Champagne as I can remember…ever (99).

     

    6.The 1961 Petrus, as usual, was the top of the pyramid.  This was a classic wine in every which way.  This was a lot of people’s wine of the night, including mine.  While my notes were waning, I did find it ‘rock solid with enough fine chalk and stone for a quarry,’ and its fruit was ‘absolutely perfect.’  It also got a ‘longggggggg’ (99pts).

     

    7.There were too many crazy wines being opened downstairs in the cellar to linger upstairs, so I headed back down to one of the wines of the night, and it was only fitting that Big Boy had something to do with it. Some wines are so good that words feel inadequate, and this magnum of 1971 Krug was one of them. Its nose sparkled and crackled, like a flawless diamond meeting the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show. It had an addictive quality to its nose; once you started you did not want to stop. White, crystallized fruits along with an icily great character, the Krug exploded in my mouth, resulting in a bevy of inappropriate and immature jokes from the distinguished guests around me lol. This bubbly had enough liftoff for Nasa; in fact, that’s what it finish felt like, those jets burning under a rocketship heading to outerspace, ready for the endless. This was an unbelievable magnum of a legendary Champagne (99M).

     

    8.The Emperor kept himself and his other guests busy with a magnum of 1996 Krug Clos du Mesnil, which was a big, rich, buttery beast, all the more so since it was out of magnum.  It was razor sharp and mountainous in its character, long and strong.  ‘The longer the better,’ The Emperor sagely advised, and it was easy to see why Clos du Mesnil is the Romanee-Conti of Champagne.  This was a laser of Star Wars proportion (98+M).

     

    9.Of course, what would a great flight of 40s and 50s Bordeaux be without a 1959 Lafite Rothschild?  This has always been my favorite all-time Lafite and one of the greatest bottles of the 20th Century, and this bottle didn’t change either of those opinions.  The ’59 had a superb nose of sweet cassis and pencil with a great perfumed quality.  This was a rich, sumptuous and sensual claret.  Andy admired its ‘smooth’ character, and I did its thick finish(98+).  

     

    10 There was one more truly spectacular bottle on this night for me, before it all went sideways. The 1978 Roumier Bonnes Mares was decadent and rich, a mouthfilling wine that intellectually stimulated me, well, what little intellect that I had left at the time ;). But seriously, this was a ‘wow’ wine, as intense and virile an older Red Burgundy can be. There were deep red, black and purple fruits happening, lots of dirt and minerals, and a spiciness to it like hot sauce without the too hot. Its acidity was truly noteworthy, and it lingered like a great orgasm. As Bad Boy would say, “awesome juice” (98+).

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    DRC La Tache 1934-2002

     

    La Tache 1934  94 points

    While 1934 is a great vintage, this particular bottle seemed a little watered down, though that is the wrong word. There were some spiny edges underneath and nice earth, musk, vitamin and stalk aromas. Flavors of band-aid and earth were on its sturdy palate, but it had that reconditioned feeling, though the finish really came through. Someone said, 'if it weren't sitting next to the 1962, you'd like it better. The '62 shows its flaws.' Allen agreed by saying, 'I like it, but it ran into a buzzsaw. '34, '59, '90, '99 - all very high quality and big volume, which is rare.

     

    La Tache 1942 93p

    Someone uttered 'amazing' right away. The nose was so deep . big, rich and long. Rob summed it up as 'ridiculous,' which is another high compliment in Big Boy's world. Musk oil, leather and deep, dark rich fruit oozed out of its nose. The palate was enormous, expanding like a tidal wave in the mouth at first, and Allen also found it 'incredibly vibrant.' Long and spiny, the wine was a bit massive but smoothed out sooner rather than later, costing it a point or two in the grand scheme of things, but for those first twenty minutes or so, it was even more extraordinary

     

    La Tache 1943  95p

    The 1943 was more wound and subtle, nutty with more cola and dark, plummy fruit. Possessing even bigger acidity and alcohol than the 1942, the 1943 seemed a bit out of balance at first and squarer, but while the 1942 lost a step or two, the 1943 improved and got more delicious and more balanced with time. The acidity was long and strong, and it was also an outstanding wine, equivalent to the 1942 in quality but stylistically different. Allen, on the other hand, said that he has tasted these two side by side three or four times and has always preferred the 1942.

     

    La Tache 1947  93p

    1947 had a musty nose, but beneath that was some incredibly sweet and decadent fruit, along with some leather, Worcestershire and band-aid. Smooth and with long acidity, the palate had nice citric tension. Wilf said how 'neither of these two have ever been great La Taches,' and he would know. Paul and Allen concurred that the 1947 could never have been a great wine. If you could get past the fact that it was slightly corked, the 1947 was still a beautiful wine with some nice citric kisses and light meat flavors.

     

    La Tache 1952  98 p

    I recently acquired from one of our auctions. The '52 mag had an unreal nose screaming with terroir; when I say unreal it is a compliment like 'out of this world,' not that it was fake, etc. There were incredible, absolutely incredible aromas of slate, earth and minerals on one side, and the rose garden, leather and amazing spice box on the other. Eric called it 'immortal' and Allen echoed my sentiment of 'unreal.' Pinches of caraway and smokehouse rounded out the nose. The palate was super tasty, veritable catnip for the feline wine lover in us all. Long and sensuous with sexy strawberry fruit and great earth, the palate had amazing length. It was one of the all-time great bottles of wine that I have had, definitely 'Top 100' worthy.

     

    La Tache 1957  93 points

    1957 had a sexy nose that was very musky with rose, sweet red cherry, sweet leather, earth, band-aid and meat aromas. It was delicious up front with a touch of brown sugared fruit and that pinch of Worcestershire. There were nice earth flavors, and while the finish was short, its acidity was integrated, and the wine was gorgeous. Wilf commented how the '57 'always had a slight burnt quality, as in wood or charcoal.

     

    La Tache 1961  97p

    There is no doubt in my mind that that will be the greatest example of 1961 La Tache I will ever have. It was so fresh, meaty with such great spine and flavors. It left me with a distinct 2001 impression.

     

    La Tache 1962  97p

    1962 was the wine of the flight, as practice followed theory in this example. Its nose was richer, thicker and broader than the previous two, and its nose was a symphony of meat, rose garden and Worcestershire. Its palate was meaty and oily, and its acidity really stood out after some food. It was a real crowd pleaser

     

    La Tache 1964  95p

    Yhis was 'classic 1964 - big, rich' and 'ripe' Allen interjected and took over for Wilf. The 1964 was heady, rich and meaty with nice t 'n a, minerals and molasses. On the palate it was also rich and meaty with great animal flavors, both sweet and vigorous with nice earth supplements. Wilf summed it up nicely: 'This is how I remember 1964; the texture and richness - only Vogue Musigny is close'

     

    La Tache 1966  96 points

    It was an outstanding one and many people's favorite wine of the session. Sweet, musky and similar to the 1985 except even fresher and more precise, the 1966 was beefy and meaty with additional aromas of cedar, spice box, iron and minerals. Its palate was full of fresh, red fruits wrapped by some drier, autumnal flavors. Rich, long and fleshy, it was balanced with acidity that was far from its decline. Wilf cooed that it was a 'good bottle' on more than one occasion. Dalia keenly observed some 'green apple and nutmeg,' and a bit more wood came out with time in a cedar and mahogany direction. Saucy and long with a nice touch of autumnal flavors, I found some similar qualities in this '66 to the '85, and Wilf concurred aromatically but found more zip in the '66. Me, too!

     

    La Tache 1971  98p

    I have had this wine six times over the last two years, and every time it has been incredible. It remains one of the great all-time La Taches, and this bottle was no different. My notes began, .Incredible again&hubba hubba.. That should be enough. The wine had a youthful .I.ve just been opened. wave of t .n a and menthol with gorgeous red fruits behind it, strawberry and cranberry to be precise. There was a touch of divine mushroom and truffle as well as a bouquet of wet, long-stemmed roses. Dr. B chipped in that the .71 LT .embodies all I like in old Burgundy, and it.s still fresh.. Pinches of animal, vitamin and game rounded out the nose for this stallion of a Burgundy, with a great earthy edge underneath and a pinch of herbs. The palate was amazing . huge t .n a, make that enormous by Burgundy standards. There was great length and leathery flavors, with tremendous tension to the palate with a citric centerpoint to that tension. The wine was ridiculous, and the kind of wine that if no one were looking you would suck the last drops directly from the bottle.

     

    La Tache 1985  95p

    You know it's a good night when you go over to the magnum of 1985 La Tache and are like, 'that's nice,' which is exactly what happened when the Burghound found out! It was a great bottle of 1985 La Tache, pure, long and classic with lots of iron, minerals, smoke, citric tang and red fruits that only La Tache could have. Its musk was beautiful, its rust tasty, and its finish long

     

    La Tache 1991 97p

    Rob came out with a 'spectacular' right away, and I must admit that the wine was (is) in a great spot. Rich and meaty, its bouquet was filled with iron, vitamin, spice and leather. Intense, long, balanced and gorgeous, this was some serious Burgundy. It was a step up from the Clos de la Roche, possessing more intensity, spice and tannin than any of the prior wines. The palate was similarly rich and long with a touch of cola flavors.

     

    La Tache 1999  98p

    1999 was arguably the wine of the weekend. Bruce was in awe of its 'jammy' quality, especially since it was so young. Intense, super thick, full of t 'n a, the 1999 was so dark and deep, spilling out of the glass with its midnight-like black fruits. There was also menthol, musk, tree bark and minerals in this intense, rich, long and deep wine. 'Wow,' I wrote; I could see why Wilf chose this for the grand finale. There was great acidity. It was so juicy and tasty that 'you could nibble at it,' someone said. Allen called it 'impressive'

     

    La Tache 2000  92p

    The nose was rich in fruit, yet soft and approachable at the same time, although Mark found it .very tight yet gorgeous.. There were loads of spices of stems, cinnamon, iron, alcohol and earth. There was also beautiful rose and plum fruit, green beans and exotic spice. There was the intensity of La Tache with the approachability of 2000. The wine was young on the palate but still drinkable, with very long acids, a touch of rust and a light earthiness to its finish. It was caressing my palate and soft on the front and mid-zones and certainly a very good, potentially excellent La Tache. It held well and the acids were there, but the weight was not that of a great one texturally

     

    La Tache 2002 96p

    2002 was such a baby by comparison to anything that we had so far, but one could still appreciate its fresh, red cherry fruit. It was not fat and seepy but rather reserved with its mineral and stalk supporting beams. There was that hint of green that Aubert affectionately referred to before, which means that this should have a long, bright future ahead of it. There were stems, 'roses and almonds,' Dalia observed. The 2002's structure was excellent, a little '93-ish but with redder fruit. All of its component parts were there in a drier style. Wilf was quick to point out that the 2002 was 'showing surprisingly good, scary good.' An exotic, mandarin orange edge developed in the nose

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    Château Latour 1881-2006

     

    Château Latour 1961  99 p

    Château Latour 1982  98 p

    The 1982 Latour quickly rose to the top of the charts and took wine of the night honors. It was much more wound than the 1990, also with more minerals in its long, classic nose. Dust, cedar and more minerals kept surging out of the nose. The palate had so much length and strength, noticeably more so than any other wine on this starry night. While the 1990 was sexy, the 1982 was serious, and a wine that still stood out even four hours after being opened and decanted. Engerer commented how the ’82 was ‘sure of itself and surfed across your palate.’ He went on to comment how ‘all Latours gently age’

     

    Château Latour 1928  98 p

    Château Latour 1929  98 p

    Château Latour 2000  98 p

    The 2000 Latour, however, was appropriately served last in this superlative flight. ‘Is that a powerful wine or what?’ Someone rhetorically asked. It was a penetrating beast, sinus-clearing with its t ‘n a, along with aromas of cement, cedar and a touch of milkshake. Rich, concentrated and dense, the Latour was the biggest wine of the evening and also the thickest and the longest. Game emerged in this behemoth of a wine. It reminded me of that Kayne West song where the chorus goes, ‘bigger, longer, faster, stronger.’ While I am hesitant to give young wines scores in the 98 and 99 point territory because my convictions are that those scores are for wines that stand the test of time, the 2000 Latour left me no choice

     

    Château Latour 2005  97 p

    Château Latour 1955  97 p

    Château Latour 1996  97 p

    Château Latour 1996  96 p

    Château Latour 1945  96 p

    Château Latour 1990  96 p

    The 1990 Latour was fabulous. This was the second knockout bottle of this wine I had had within the month. Its sweet nose was inviting and open, more showy than any other wine. Its trio of musk, cedar and cassis was pure nose candy, and fresh, honey-roasted walnuts rounded out its sexy aromatics. It was so delicious, classic and the freshest palate of them all, showing lots of tasty pencil flavors. There was also great cedar to the palate, which was less ripe than the nose led me to expect, and the 1990 Latour was the best balanced of the four wines, providing an equal ratio of fruit and finish.

     

    Château Latour 2003  96 p

    Château Latour 1899  94 p

    The next wine was one of the more discussion-worthy wines of the night, a double magnum or jeroboam of 1899 Latour. We couldn’t tell. At first, questions of authenticity were in the air, and even Big Boy thought it might be fake, despite the fact that was acquired five or six years ago and supposedly was one step removed from Latour itself. It was indubitably reconditioned, clearly showing darker and more youthful fruit, but it still had mature nuances and old qualities. The distinguished Sir Robert Bohr started making some positive observations at first. Olof noted ‘500 flavors at once.’ There was mint and eucalyptus at first. The texture was fleshy, rich and long. The wine remained controversial. Candle wax, earth and cobwebs all emerged, as did some signature sea salt and walnut. I was convinced it was Latour, but it was quixotic in its ‘am I young or am I old’ way. No one could say it wasn’t a reconditioned 1899, and by the end of the night there seemed to be mostly believers. The next day the wine was even better, so soft and supple, and even more decidedly Latour in its flavor profile, still with a purple core. It reminded me more of 1955 than 1899, and I guess reconditioning helps if you want to have an old wine 24 hours later.

     

    Château Latour 1995  94 p

    The 1995 Latour was rounder and more honeyed in its nose, with touches of cola and a hint of syrupy sweetness. It was perfumed in an angel food cake way. The palate was sturdy and rugged, also leathery and big overall. There were stewed flavors of black cherry and cola, and its stewed qualities were those of beefy goodness. However, the 1995 did lose a step in the glass compared to the 1996 (94)

     

    Château Latour 1971  94 p

    Château Latour 1994  94 p

    Château Latour 1975  94 p

    Château Latour 2006  94 p

    Château Latour 1964  93 p

    Château Latour 1947  92 p

    Château Latour 2004 92 p

    Château Latour 2001  91 p

    Château Latour 1985  90 p

    Next up was a wine that was very wound in the nose with more alcohol and anise, although it was subtle and refined as well. The nose left a delicate and fine impression overall. There was a .tingle. quality to its spiny nature as some fruit tried to escape, but the palate put the wine right back into the jails of its tannic and alcoholic systems. Although neither its .t. nor .a. was overtly dominating, those were its standout characteristics on its palate. The balanced and refined qualities were very good despite that fact

    Château Latour 1962  90 p

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    John Kapon, the 40-year-old CEO of Acker Merrall & Condit, is the man who smiled when wheeled luggage was invented; his suitcases have rolled as many miles as some cars. Recently, we sat down in a conference room one early evening in the townhouse of his family business. Half a dozen or more people buzz around behind us, making preparations for an upcoming auction in Hong Kong. In a couple of days, John will fly to China for this sale, the first of several he has planned for Hong Kong this year.

    John proudly proclaims that Acker Merrall & Condit currently holds “the triple crown” – or in other words, the leading auction house sales for the U.S., Asia and the world. In 1997, Acker partnered with another company to hold its first auction. John’s father, Michael, ran the business then, a period when the New York auction scene had only a few players aside from Acker. After a few auctions, held with small, independent houses were fraught with problems, John decided Acker would hold auctions on its own. John explains: “I never thought the auction business would grow to become anything like this. It has taken many years and a huge effort to build this business. It is great to see the wine world support the energy that we’ve put out.” 


     

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    Acker Merrall’s auction business is a smash success

    The figures are impressive. In 2010, Acker Merrall & Condit grossed around $99 million in auction business from NY, Hong Kong and the Internet, and another $15-20 million from its retail business. In 2011, Acker grossed about $110 million in auction business from 16 live auctions held in NY, Hong Kong and Chicago, and the retail business is expected to be up 10 per cent on 2011. In 2011, Acker chose Chicago as a new U.S. auction market in 2011 because the city was viewed as “one of the few markets that has proven it can sustain a wine auction.” In 2011, Acker Merrall held six auctions in Hong Kong, where the company has an office and full-time staff. Hong Kong auctions grossed around $69 million, just under two-thirds of Acker’s total auction business for 2011. New York and Hong Kong are therefore the core markets, while Chicago and the Internet are areas of future growth. 

    John compares the enormous preparation and anticipation of an auction to what American football players experience on game day. “It’s always very intense and exciting; the auction is like Sunday to a pro football player.” Over 250 000 bottles were sold at auction in 2011 and any single auction has about 1000 lots. Far from being threatened by the presence of other wine retailers and brokers that have asserted themselves in retail markets lately, John is encouraged that the wine trade constitutes 25 per cent of Acker’s auction business. Overall, this indicates an active wine business that is healthy and growing. 

    “The fine wine market is dominated by French wines. Bordeaux continues to be the most important segment and there’s also Burgundy. Other important segments are Champagne, the Rhone, Italy, Spain, California, Australia, Port and Madeira. I look forward to when we are selling Chinese wine at auction. In fifty years, it may be a whole new market. Something tells me the guys who have been doing it since the 1800s are still going to be on top: France has special geography and terroir,” John opines.

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Here you can see wine moments from tastingbook users. or to see wine moments from your world.

John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  12 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Historic Rayas vertical 1962-2009 / Emmanuel Reynaud is the genius behind Chateau Rayas, the Chateauneuf du Pape that is more than just Chateauneuf du Pape. When I visited him a year plus ago at his vineyards, I learned about the unique microclimate and soil that makes Rayas so special and the greatest expression of Grenache in the world. It is truly one of the world’s greatest and most unique wines.

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John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  14 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Emmanuel Reynaud is the genius behind Chateau Rayas, the Chateauneuf du Pape that is more than just Chateauneuf du Pape. When I visited him a year plus ago at his vineyards, I learned about the unique microclimate and soil that makes Rayas so special and the greatest expression of Grenache in the world. It is truly one of the world’s greatest and most unique wines.

Emmanuel is also a reclusive man and not very responsive. He is incredibly intelligent and engaging when you are with him, but difficult to engage in the first place. We invited him for this special vertical we had acquired, and we wanted to do it in Paris for our first event there. We were doing it at Taillevent, and he now knew the Paradox and I after some quality time together, and our introduction came from none other than Martine Saunier. Of course, he would accept our invitation. How could he not? These verticals don’t grow on trees, and it was just a quick trip on the TGV to Paris for such a rare retrospective. Well, as winter turned into Spring, we still had no confirmation of his attendance after some regular enquiries, so we had to break out the big gun: Martine. Martine gave Emmanuel a lecture he could not refuse! It was her 50th Anniversary working with the Chateau after all, and he was told he had to be there. And he was there. I told you when Martine speaks, people listen! Now the stage was officially and properly set for this historical vertical with both Martine and Emmanuel at the legendary Taillevent in Paris. There were 26 vintages on the menu. Game on!

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John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  9 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Everyone wants to know, ‘how is Hong Kong?’ It has certainly been a tumultuous and strenuous second half to the year for one of the world’s greatest cities, and after a bit of recent and extended calm, things unfortunately escalated again on New Year’s Day. The hospitality business has definitely been hit hard, and the city regularly feels emptier than usual due to a spike downwards in tourism. When there are major protests in a certain area, local businesses are basically screwed. People do not go out on the weekends or holidays as much since most of the protests are on weekends or holidays, unless they are protesting, of course. Reports of recession have emerged, and everyone to whom I have spoken yearns for a return to normalcy.
But for its finest wine lovers, pleasure and business continue in fine fashion. People want to enjoy their passion, perhaps even more so given the circumstances. And two short but sweet meals on my two trips there this Fall would prove to be outstanding examples of this point.

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John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  14 Producers 

Three months and no tasting notes, I know, but I assure you that there have been plenty of tastings, an absurd amount of great events come to think of it. January flew by, and so did February, but before February came to a close, I paid a visit to a special collection, one of which you might have heard, The Chalet Collection. I have said before and often that I have been treated to some great dinners by the owner of the Chalet Collection, and here are some of the wines I had this past year from him. I needed a kickstart to get going, nothing like a spectacular auction this weekend to get me in the writing mood again : )

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John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  26 Wines  from  13 Producers 

1992 Ramonet Montrachet in Jeroboam – What could be better than a perfect magnum of an aged, world-class wine? Yup, a jeroboam. This was not only a jeroboam; it was a perfect jeroboam purchased upon release and never moved by its original owner. The Germans know how to keep their white wines lol. A crisp Fall afternoon in Northern Germany was the perfect setting for this amazing bottle, which six to eight of us guzzled down in a couple of hours.


“This was a perfect bottle. Its color glittered in the sunlight like a small fortune. Its nose was full of a sexy corn/butter glaze with a touch of signature mint. It had that wintry, icy character that was in perfect balance with great spice, black forest, and great minerality. This had none of the 1992 over-ripeness from which many whites of this vintage can suffer. It was still tight, but it continued to open and was in a really good spot after my fourth glass of it. There were true grit and expensive earth on its finish. It was nice to see that even out of Jeroboam, the 1992 Ramonet Montrachet is still one of the greatest white wines ever made.”(99J)

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John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  14 Wines  from  1 Producers 

A magnum of 2008 DRC Montrachet was brought unexpectedly by our ‘supplier’ for the event, just because that’s the type of guy this Midwest Master of Wine is.  Remember, sharing is caring!!!  It was a perfect bottle of this wine, and everything you could ask for in a young DRC Monty.  Rich, sweet and buttery, this was long and fat with flavors of rainwater and honey.  This was just a delicious wine, and ready to go out of magnum, ‘exotic’ per Hollywood Jef.  It had a lemon finger finish, and it got stronger as its peacock tail started to fan.  Somehow, this massively great wine managed to maintain a feminine personality, but maybe it’s just because I love the ladies.  Make that I only love one lady lol (96M).

1y 2m ago

John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  48 Wines  from  3 Producers 

The Largest DRC-tasting of the year - For a recap, 1999 La Tache ruled the roost, again, and The Rev blessed that sentiment.  There are few DRC wines that are better, and even though it is relatively young, it is and has always been incredible.  The ’99 RC needs some more time, but it will catch up.  The ’88 RC showed why RC RC needs thirty years anyway before they get interesting, and this was an intense spanking of a wine.  The ’02 and ’91 LTs were awesome, and the 1985 DRC Richebourg was in a great spot, and the 1996 Richebourg was just starting to come out of its shell, kicking its way out for sure.  The 1957 Riche was delicious and another in a long line of ’57 DRCs delivering in the presence of Bad Boy.  The 1947 Richebourg was the oldest wine on the table, outstanding and holding on in an autumnal way with band-aid, leather, chalk and black fruits.  Ok I have been writing all afternoon, and it is Sunday.  The rest were what we thought they were.

1y 3m ago

Dom Pérignon 1975, Moët & Chandon
Krug Vintage 1969, Krug
Montrachet 1998, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 2000, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 2008, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 1999, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Richebourg 1999, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 1991, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Echézeaux 2003, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 2004, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 1993, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 1991, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 1996, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 1973, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 2012, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Echézeaux 1991, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 2009, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Richebourg 2007, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 1995, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanée Conti 1988, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Richebourg 2010, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 2001, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 2005, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 1978, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 1985, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 1988, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 1989, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cuvée Duvault Blochet 1999, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 2000, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 2003, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanee Saint Vivant 2002, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 1995, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Richebourg 1947, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanee Saint Vivant 1991, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 1991, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanée Conti 1999, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 2001, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 2002, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Richebourg 1969, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Echézeaux 1999, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Richebourg 1957, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 1970, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 1969, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Grands Echézeaux 1971, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 1990, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 1999, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Montrachet 1997, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Richebourg 1996, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  15 Wines  from  6 Producers 

Some people like to have “Game Nights.”  I prefer “Wine Nights.”  It is always exciting to me when a new group of friends get together and open up a series of great bottles, and thanks to the generous hospitality of 12 Gauge, our Shotgun Crew was getting together for a second time.  Unfortunately, I lost the notes for the first evening, but thankfully I did not for night two, which was a Jayer night of sorts, as we included wines from his nephew Rouget and once protégé Meo-Camuzet.  

1y 3m ago

John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  28 Wines  from  14 Producers 

The 1945 Mouton Rothschild had that mint and eucalyptus sweetness that is such a trademark for this wine in this era.  It was kinky, flamboyant and exotic.  There was some ‘spicy pepper’ per the Comte, and I got the Shishito.  I also got the pork luau with a touch of pineapple.  I told you it was exotic!  Toffee and animal led us all into a round of ‘jungle boogie,’ followed quickly by an ‘electric shock.’  This was the wakeup call that the Comte would desperately need tomorrow lol (99+).

1y 7m ago

John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  24 Wines  from  12 Producers 

Day One was in the books, and Day Two, or night rather, was at the iconic Peninsula in Kowloon, on the ‘other’ side of Hong Kong.  The Garden Suite overlooked the bay and had a spectacular view of Hong Kong Central, and The French Paradox and The Comte were quickly outside on the massive patio admiring the local architecture of a hotel next door. 

1y 8m ago

John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  25 Wines  from  12 Producers 

The first night was at Bo Innovation, one of Hong Kong’s few three star restaurants. Chef Alvin Leung, also known as ‘The Demon Chef’ and one of the stars of Master Chef in Canada, was personally on hand and created a special menu that was the greatest meal of East meets West that I have ever had. Bravo Chef! We were off to a great start food wise, but the wines would take it up even another notch.

1y 8m ago

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