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1970's Bordeaux a retrospective.

Posted by MReff, Oct 24, 2010.

A group got together at a fantastic Italian restaurant in midtown last night to sample some 1970's Bordeaux. All wines were paired in flights and some were double decanted. The line up

flight 1
La Lagune 70, 78
Giscours 70, 75
The La lagune were the surprise of the night, nicely balanced and the 1970 was amazing.

Flight 2
Canon 71
Figeac 75 'corked'
Trotanoy 1978
Pavie 1979
The canon was the unsung hero of the flight, I liked the Pavie
flight 3
Pichon Lalandes 57, 78, 79
the '57 was a real treat, simply outstanding
flight 4
Palmers 70, 75, 78, 79
Great lineup with 78 and 79 standing out
flight 5
Mouton 75,
Latour 75, 79
This flight was the worst compared to the others
flight 6
Haut Brion 78,
Domaine De Chevalier 78,
La Tour Haut Brion 79
The HB was the most balanced and delightful
flight 7
Guy Puy Lacoste 70,
Montrose 70,78
The Montrose 70 was the highlight, with the Guy tiring.
Flight 8
Yquem 70,
Filhot 70,
Gilette Creme De Tete 78
my palate was dead by this stage, but the Yquem was clearly the winner.


Reply by dmcker, Oct 24, 2010.

Sounds like a great get-together.

Who ordered the flights? And do you have any idea of the provenance of the bottles?

Reply by MReff, Oct 24, 2010.

the flights were pre arranged beforehand.  The provenance of the bottles either came from auction or from someone's cellar.  They were quite remarkable given the decade and there was some talk about the '57 not having any "bricking" characteristics.  A great event and tasting.

Reply by cigarman168, Oct 24, 2010.

Definitely some of above 1970's Bordeaux will be out of peak but should be an interesting experiences.

Reply by MReff, Oct 24, 2010.

The amazing thing was that the first growths were rather pale in comparison to the Palmers and other wines that we tasted.  There were no bad bottles just tired bottles as you stated.

Reply by dmcker, Oct 24, 2010.

That's why I asked about the provenance. Sounds like it was good for the Palmer, but not for the Latour, etc. How were levels before opening, condition of the corks and so forth? And which ones were double decanted, etc., etc.? Who put together the tasting and decided on the flight order? What kind of food were you having with the wines?

Technical questions that are pertinent, but no matter what, sounds like a great event and the kind of thing we all enjoy attending. Thanks for sharing.

Reply by MReff, Oct 24, 2010.

I did not open the wines, but most of the wines were low to mid shoulder or above.  Most of the corks were OK, the 57 was reconditioned at the chateau and some corks were mush so we decanted those.  I am not sure which ones were double decanted.  flights were predecided, not sure the rationale, but alot of thought went into it.  For food it was Italian, we started with tomatoe and Mozz, followed by fresh crabmeat and calimari.  Then Papadelle with mushroom ragu and finally an entree that everyone chose.  I opted for the broiled Veal chop, which was superb.

Reply by cigarman168, Oct 24, 2010.

After review the flights, I will share nearly the same comments as you. From my experiences, I would like to have a main theme for group tastings ie by region, by vintage...

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