It was Saturday night, a seemingly improbable Day Two of this Bacchanalian extravaganza. The Rev was one day older, and we were all very much wiser thanks to the incredible array of once in a lifetime wines experienced the night before. There was not much more to do except do it again.
We began night two with an incredible magnum of 1961 Dom Perignon Wedding Cuvee. This was labeled in celebration of Charles and Diana’s wedding way back when, and the Royal Family couldn’t have picked a better bubbly to celebrate absolutely any occasion, although recent press about Charles might have them reaching for something stiffer. The ’61 was practically as good as it gets. It was grainy, zippy, strong yet mature with loads of white fruit and sugar flavors. Delicious and balanced, this ’61 was traveling “peak” hours, but it isn’t getting off the train anytime soon (98M).
Specially Shipped to Honor
There were four Champagnes to flight number one, and they were all extra special. The 1929 Louis Roederer (regular) proved once again how good these old cuvees can be. They are some of the best kept secrets in fine and rare Champagne. This ’29 was a spectacular bottle. ‘Beautiful, look at that color’ came from the crowd. It was buttery but in a lightly buttered way. This was a smooth, long and ‘delicate’ Champagne that was also hailed as great and ‘exceptional.’ It was flat out great and such a thrill to have a perfectly kept 87 year old bottle of Champagne (97).
Three is the Magic Number
We followed with another Roederer, this time a 1962 Roederer Cristal, which was quite buttery, a bit like a DRC Montrachet. There were lots of caramel and rich maple flavors to this oakier Champagne. It got a little musty with some time in the glass, and while still outstanding, I am not sure anything will reach the heights of that one magical bottle I had with Bad Boy at Spago many years back. It is all about the bottles when it comes to old wine (95).
The 1962 Krug Private Cuvee was bottled for Great Britain, and it had that apple nose with the juice. Its finish was drier and brought out more sour apple in a good way, and its acidity and finish were huge. It got better and better, as if it was powering up with more oxygen, and it also had ‘more bubbles’ per Mr. Galloni (96+).
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).
Four continued to be the number of choice, and four white Burgundies were up next, beginning with a (DQ) 1993 DRC Montrachet. It was a bummer, but two more were on tap, including the 1996 DRC Montrachet. While a bit wooly in the nose, its palate was out of control great. There was so much dimension to it, I felt like I left the third one behind. This was a thick and staggering Chardonnay (98).
The Full Monty
The 2004 DRC Montrachet was more oaky and floral but no slouch by comparison. There was good weight to its full body and a rich and buttery overall feel. Todd found it ‘magical,’ and Antonio and JP were also loving it. It got thicker and more integrated as time went on, much better than the bottle I had recently (which was two months later), for those of you keeping score (97).
We had to have a little Cochy Cochy Koo, of course, and what better than the 1996 Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne. We actually had two bottles, as the first one was a bit mature. The second was ‘rockin’ per The Rev and a perfect bottle. This was kinky stuff, but in that ‘oh it’s ok, it’s legal because it’s regal’ way lol. This was a stylish, spectacular white that was liquid gold and diamonds rolled up into one (98).
Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Three wines from 1947 led the procession of red Burgs, beginning with a 1947 Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes. It had a deep nose with lots of citrus smack, barn, cracker and autumnal brown sugar. Its palate was a bit thinner than I expected with more citrus than anything else. The Rev summed it up succinctly as ‘not exceptional,’ although other bottles over the years have been for me (93).
The Moose is Loose
The 1947 Leroy Musigny was super sweet with thick orange fruit. This was a great Moose, rich and classy with added peel to the orange, and added body and length to the Vogue. Solid stuff (95).
I believe the 1947 Pierre Ponnelle Musigny was made by Georges Roumier, but someone can get me a fact check on Aisle 9. It was the best wine of the flight, so chances are it was. There was a lot of fruit to this smoky wine, and its alcohol and acidity were sizzling. Firm, long and full of citrus with the black to back it up, the Ponnelle loved, lingered and loved some more (96).
It was 1959’s turn, and we started with a whimper thanks to an affected 1959 Faiveley Musigny (DQ).Musigny was the theme on this night, and a Bouchard Pere et Fils Musigny helped get us back on track. This was a solid wine, earthy and rich with sweet brown sugar flavors and a leathery finish. It was best upon first sip, and oxygen took it down a point (94).
The 1959 Prieur Musigny didn’t excite much, getting ‘very dry’ from Mr. Vinous and ‘still tannic’ from another. It was gamy and creamy, a bit hard and while still very good, very good wasn’t what this crowd was looking for (91).
It was on to 1969, and back Pierre with a 1969 Ponnelle Musigny. Its nose was full of cobwebs and super sweet. Its finish was quite metallic with lots of aluminum (91).
Just when the Musignys were putting us to sleep, out came the 1969 Roumier Musigny. Hot damn. There were loads of vitamins in its nose, along with rich and sexy cherry fruit that tasted like it was just popped. Hollywood Jef hailed it as ‘crazy wine,’ and it definitely felt like it was transcending many categories. I felt a tug at my leg, and it was The Bulldog humping it. It was that good lol. Even Antonio hailed it as ‘one of the best wines this weekend.’ Nuff said (98).
In a League of Its Own
There was a 1969 Leroy Musigny served thereafter, but I didn’t quite put any notes together. Antonio found it ‘fantastic’ and another ‘very pretty.’
Some palate cleansers were on tap, so this was a good time to take a break. Older Burgundies can be spectacular, but it is harder to hit as many consistent heights as Bordeaux when you get in that 50 year plus category. Good thing we had nine ’61 Bordeaux still to go amongst others. Part IV is coming.
In Vino Veritas,