Champagne, Burgundy, Barolo, and Malbec
@ Leo & Connies's in Eastchester, NY (5/20/2011)

What fun! Leo and Connie had a terrific set of guests visiting on the same evening: Michael Twelftree (Winemaker and co-owner of Two Hands Winery); Patrick d'Aulan (President of the Edonia group & Owner of Alta Vista) and his wife Christine; Philippe Rolet (Chief Winemaker & Estate Manager for Alta Vista) and his wife Vanessa; and local wine luminaries Greg Tatar and Ray Tuppatsch.


Flight 1: The Apps and the Champs (Vintage Champagne)

All (most?) brought by Ray. With Champagnes this age, it's not surprising my reviews were a bit mixed, but the Drappier was wonderful and the Bollinger was truly great! Served with fresh oyster, cured meats, and sashimi!

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1964 Drappier Brut Carte d'Or.
 
Philippe holds up the 1973 Henriot Champagne.
1988 Bollinger R.D.
 
Vanessa holds up the 1973 Dom Prignon.

Flight 2: White Burgundy

One was odd, one was terrific. Served with Leo's fabulous Tuscan Bean Soup.

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Leo's fabulous Tuscan Bean Soup.
 
Patrick smiles as Leo drizzles Alta Vista EVVO on the soup.
1994 Raveneau Chablis Clos.
Leo pours the 1988 Jadot Corton-Charlemagne.
 

Flight 3: Red Burgundy

Really enjoyed all 3 of these, but the two Clos de Bze were just terrific. Served with 2 main courses: A delicious sauted chicken and a tender and tasty braised beef.

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2001 Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin.
2001 Jadot Chambertin-Clos de Bze.
2005 Drouhin-Laroze Chambertin-Clos de Bze.
 
A delicious sauted chicken and a tender and tasty braised beef.

Flight 4: Giacosa Barolo

Served with 2 main courses: A delicious sauted chicken and a tender and tasty braised beef. The 1987 showed best for me, but others preferred the 1990.

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1987 Giacosa Barolo Rocche.
1990 Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto.
2001 Gemstone G (Flight 5).

Flight 5: Gemstone California Cabernet

May have suffered from its placement in this dinner.


Flight 6: Horizontal of Alta Vista Single Vineyard Malbecs

Poured and introduced by Philippe Rolet, chief winemaker and estate manager for Alta Vista, with some obvious and deserved pride. All 3 of these are very young but have great potential. Philippe said they have made these since 2001. These are all 100% Malbec. The 3 vineyards are all at about 1000 meter of elevation, but are separated by about 150 km from north to south. Each has a different soil and old vines. The picking dates vary among the vineyards, but otherwise the wines vinified in exactly the same way.

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Alta Vista's 2007 Single Vineyard Malbecs: Alizarine, Serenade, Temis.
Alta Vista's 2007 Single Vineyard Malbecs: Alizarine, Serenade, Temis.

I can't recall when I've met a more fun and diverse group of people at a tasting. The wines were equally fun and diverse. My top 5 wines included a Champagne, a white Burgundy, a red Burgundy, a Barolo, and a Malbec!


People Pix

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Michael, Patrick, Ray, Philippe.
Michael and Patrick.
 
Me, happily pouring more Bollinger.
Patrick toasts to wine and friends!
Connie, Michael, & Ray agree!
Greg, Vanessa, Christine, Leo & Connie do too!
Patrick & Christine.
What a lively, animated group!
The Happy Host Leo.
The Damage.

 

 


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