Tour d'Argent
I spent a bit of time in Europe this Fall.  While there for business, I made sure each day had just a touch of pleasure.  I had the good fortune to coordinate some scheduling with the Mogul, Jetski and the Ambassador, and while I wouldn’t say that we are all men of leisure, we definitely know how to have fun.  And of course, you can’t spell F-U-N without wine, or something like that.  I’m going to work on that slogan lol.  
Here We Go
Here We Go 
Le Grand Livre Du Vin
Le Grand Livre Du Vin 
The Classic Tour D’argent Bin Soil
The Classic Tour d’Argent Bin Soil
The first night we spent together was in Paris, where we decided to do our own cellar raiding at the famous Tour d’Argent.  We’re going to do it again in April when we do our very special Paris trip through the Wine Workshop, please join me.  For those of you who always ask me, “how do I get invited to these things,” you just did lol.  Back to Tour d’Argent, the list is as long as ever, and the food is better than ever thanks to a new chef, even though the food was irrelevant.  
Negotiations over the wine list between Jetski and the Ambassador were tense.  The Ambassador did not want to make a political mistake that could damage his reputation and wine career lol.  They settled on a 1983 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet to break the ice, because tensions were about to run higher.  The Mogul was getting thirsty.  Jetski was not unimpressed, which is his roundabout way of saying he liked it.  The Leflaive was incredibly fresh for a 1983 white, and it was full of deep yellow fruit, butter and yellow roses.  There was gorgeous, sweet perfume and rainwater aromas.  A touch of botrytis was not out of place but rather on it and in a perfect spot.  Jetski did his best JK Jr. impression with a 93-94 rating; of course, he always tries to drive the market price down ; )  I thought it was awesome ☺ (96).
On a Montrachet Mission
On a Montrachet Mission
White Recap
White Recap 
And This Is My Friend Armand
And This Is My Friend Armand 
A bottle of 1999 Coche-Dury Meursault-Perrieres was corked ☹ but it would have been a superb 96-97 point wine if not flawed.  By the way, at Tour d’Argent if you open it, you buy it, no matter what.  In fine French fashion, they don’t give a fuck lol (DQ).
The Ambassador’s delegation mixed things up because his guest didn’t drink white wines, so he moved into a red and a 1979 A. Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos St. Jacques.  This was earthy and gamy with great acidity.  There were bone marrow and red cherry liqueur flavors.  It was a wonderful wine from a forgotten, pleasing vintage for reds (and spectacular for whites) (94).
Next up was the ‘wow-ing’ 2004 Domaine Leflaive Montrachet.  I don’t get to drink these that often, so this was a real treat.  The Leflaive Montrachet had all the right stuff: great fruit, finish and balance with lots of structure and zip.  There was an intense grain quality to the wine and sweet yellow corn, butter and mineral flavors.  This was smelling so great and so bright with loads of ‘fresh citrus’ and great spice.  The French Paradox called it ‘fat,’ and I thought it was delicious (97).
The 1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet was ‘not typical’ per Jetski.  It was a bit oaky and square to start, I will agree.  The acidity and zip were there from the beginning, but we were all a bit perplexed.  However, it got so much richer with some air, and its acidity really emerged over time.  The Mogul was admiring its ‘mango and pineapple’ qualities while Jetski noted its earthiness.  This was ultimately a fantastic beast of a wine that still needed more time (97+).
The 1980 Rousseau Chambertin-Clos de Beze was ‘sweaty’ per The French Paradox yet a pleasant wine full of beautiful earth on the finish.  It was lighter in style with a smooth and creamy core, but I think everyone expected more out of this producer and this vintage (92).
We went big next with a magnum of 1985 Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos St. Jacques.  This had a sexy nose with great red fruits.  There were sweet red cherries, a touch of herbal goodness, waterfall and autumnal notes.  It got a little stinky and herbaceous with a ‘coarser’ palate than its initial, fabulous aromatics.  I told them to get the Jayer lol (94M).
Going big once again, we took down another magnum, this time a 1993 Rousseau Chambertin.  This was rich, decadent and still so young.  There was ‘rich and ripe fruit’ per Jetski, and I was taken by its silky, rich and caressing personality.  Each sip felt like another kiss.  This was better than ‘so good;’ it was great with a backbone of wet earth with one’s fingers in the soil (98+M).
Ok One More
Ok One More 
Money Shot
Money Shot 
Where Did Everybody Go
Where Did Everybody Go
We ended this superb evening with a 2007 Roumier Musigny.  The wine was fantastic and definitely the best 2007 I’d ever had.  It was full of dark fruits fit for a dark knight, a hearty wine that beat the vintage, so to speak, with its loads of concentration.  There was a nutty, sourdough quality amid its purple fruit flavors, and The Mogul mused about ‘bloody water.’  This was like an atomic bomb ready to explode, and it was time to run for cover (96+)!
It was a great beginning to an intense week in Europe.  Tomorrow would be a different city, but where?

FIN 

JK