Chronicling the extraordinary JK wine experiences of 2018!
Jayer Night
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.  
Welcome to New York
Welcome to New York
Big bro, Little Bro
Big bro, Little Bro 
Meo Madness
Meo Madness
I showed up fresh off some plane and seemed to miss or forget to take a note for the magnum of 1966 Dom Perignon P3.  Until we meet again…we had a bumpy start thanks to a corked 1985 Henri Jayer Nuits Saint Georges Meurgers (DQ), but then the turbulence ended, and some smooth sailing commenced.
The 1990 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne Romanée Aux Brulées Magnum was a big wine, from a big bottle, with a big nose.  This was dusty and spicy with rich and savory flavors.  It was zippy and fantastic.  BJ called it ‘explosive,’ and I was impressed with its flesh.  This was a rich and sexy boss of a wine (96M). 
The 1989 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne Romanée Aux Brulées had more of a BBQ black fruit vibe with a touch of good rust, just like my trusty Weber grill lol.  It was rough ‘n rugged with a bit of mint and spice.  The marinated meat quality here had me feeling ready for that grill (94).
The 1993 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux had perfumed, delicate spice.  It was light and very smooth for a ’93.  Its nice acid came out, but it was almost too elegant.  Miss Mirabelle saw ‘Italian funk’ and thought it was clean, but that it lacked the serious density one would want in a top 1993.  Disappointment can hurt a little (92).
 Three of a Kind
 Three of a Kind 
The Main Event!
The Main Event! 
Goodness Gracious
Goodness Gracious
The 1993 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux was ‘great’ per BJ with positive rubber and musk aromas.  This was the ‘most complete’ per BJ and ‘spicy’ per Pitts.  There were some benevolent clay flavors, and the Rouget had a long, enduring finish.  This was a more classic 1993, even though it became more elegant in the glass (95).
The 1995 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux was full of ‘sundried cranberry’ per BJ and ‘watermelon’ from Miss Mirabelle.  There was mint, a touch of minerals, deep forest, tomato, and floral qualities.  There was a lot going on in this 1995 Cros P.  It was rich, savory and the most intense, but it was ‘built for consumption’ and would not get any better, according to at least one (96).
The 2001 Henri for Georges Jayer Echezeaux was so young and so deep for a 2001.  Welcome to Jayer World!  And yes, the Henri for Georges and the Henri are the same wines, per long time importer Martine Saunier.  There was menthol and loads of purple fruit, and its intense density got me all riled up.  This would be a great wine for many years to come (96). 
The 1997 Henri for Georges Jayer Echezeaux was like a shooting star that transcended the vintage.  This was a deep and smoky wine, so rich, so decadent, so buttery…so wow.  1997 just doesn’t make wines like this in general, but Jayer is a general when it comes to winemaking, and he clearly won the battle of 1997.  Beefy and beety, this was a wine that would make any Jayer lover boast (97).
The 1997 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux was significantly lighter than its counterpart from the same vintage but also different.  It possessed licorice and fennel flavors.  The wine was a bit hot and fruiter like most 1997s (93).
The star of the show was a 1990 Henri Jayer Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux that was ever so slightly corked, just enough to bother everyone, especially its benefactor, BJ.  This was not the 99 point BJ everyone was hoping for : ) but if you could get past its corkiness, there was a profound wine that was heavy creamy and full of vitamins.  There were red and purple fruits, floral spice and a great finish.  The wine lifted and smacked me on my palate.  Ultimately, a perfect bottle might be the elusive 99 point BJ lol (97A). 
BJ came through with a backup, always packing extra ammunition just in case, a lesson that he credited to Bad Boy, or perhaps Bad Boy credited himself, as he just showed up with the Queen about halfway through since they were around the corner.  The 1996 Henri for Georges Jayer Echezeaux was a bit roasted in a good way.  It was cream city with a bit of stewed fruit, so slightly and not really.  There were hay and dandelion flavors making for a nice wine, but this was surprisingly lighter than the others.  There was a kiss of blue fruit and ice cream to its palate.  As we kept drinking it, I felt like it declined and my score went with it (94).
The 1991 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Richebourg was deep, dark and a little heavy handed.  Jen found a little ‘black tea,’ and I found some rubber tire as well.  There was a hint of funk, but I liked it even though I wanted a bit more from it (94).
The 1996 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Richebourg was milder and milky with a touch of potpourri.  Its finish was full of vim and lots of T ‘n A, but it felt shy and a bit subdued overall.  These two Richebourgs were a bit anti-climactic after the flurry of great Jayers (93).
Legend
Legend 
Best Wine, Worst Strip Label
Best Wine, Worst Strip Label 
But our night was not over, and it was time for a bonus round.  All the contestants were still in the game and ready for more!  So there was this case of  1955 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva , a couple of six-pack ocb’s that were absolutely perfect.  They had great provenance, but they were so pristine and perfect that they got flagged by our third party inspector and put into the penalty box.  It wasn’t that he thought they were necessarily wrong, but he wasn’t sure they were right either.  So we reached out to Roberto Conterno, who said he didn’t see anything wrong, but that he couldn’t 100% vouch for it either as it was so old.  There was only one way to settle this, so I brought a bottle since BJ was one of the potential buyers.  One sip is all it took for him to immediately insist he got the rest!  This was a both a treat and a treasure, possibly the best example of older, well-preserved Monfortino that I have ever had.  Its bricked amber notes permeated its nose.  This wine was so good and so delicious in that special old Barolo way, while still maintaining a vigorous freshness.  Pitts found ‘rose petals,’ and I was deep into its leather and savory notes.  The length here was something special (98). 
The 1993 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche was called in as an audible by Bijan since his Meurgers was corked, delivered fresh off the van from Acker on 72nd Street.  I didn’t take many notes at this point, but I did note that it was spectacular.  It was easily in my top three wines for the evening, which was no easy task.  Wow (97+).
BJ brought another special treat, a 2010 Comte Liger-Belair La Romanée.  Louis Michel studied under Jayer, so we officially decided then and there that his wines would always be welcome at any Jayer night.  This was another spectacular, WOW wine with superb aromatics of pure fruit, great menthol and extraordinary spice.  BJ and I were blown away, and we both decided rather quickly that this was wine of the night.  Its acidity and length were both endless and effortless.  ‘BEST wine’ was in my notes in that exact manner.  When you have a consensus amongst JK and BJ, it becomes official, although I am sure most wine drinkers would rather have an official BJ than an official JK.  That joke will never grow old lol (99). 
Oh what a night, and one of the few nights I can remember where all the ‘bonus’ wines not on our official program became wines of the night.  That wasn’t a bad thing!  The wines from our official program were pretty great, too.  Thanks to 12 Gauge for getting us all together, and I am looking  forward to another great night with The Shotgun Crew!

In Vino Veritas,

JK