Friday, November 20, 2009

Old notes but still germane

Some friends and an old professor got together to celebrate my good friend RJ’s completion of his PhD. It’s a group that doesn’t get a chance to spend time together very often as we are spread out over the country at different universities. I haven’t laughed that hard in years.

1999 Gosset Champagne Brut Grand Millésime
Showed pretty well. Definitely made with a “house style” in mind, but that’s OK with me. It was a bit doughy and such but with good structure and a fine mousse.

N.V. Pierre Peters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve
Out of magnum. Very good bubbly. My regular Champagne these days, to the extent that I drink Champagne. I like the leanness and minerality.

2004 Breton Bourgueil Nuits d'Ivresse
From magnum. Ready to go and showed pretty well. We were telling old stories, laughing, eating, and drinking. The wine seemed perfectly suited to that kind of conviviality. Never my favorite of the Breton line-up, every wine has its purpose and this one was fulfilling it perfectly.

2006 Domaine Brana Irouléguy Harri Gorri
A bit disappointing. I was hoping for something more interesting. Kind of glossy and flat.

2002 Radikon Venezia Giulia Jakot
What I love about these wines is that people are immediately drawn to them. I’ve had people say to me that the wines are unsellable and that people don’t get them. I think that’s horseshit. At a table full of people that like wine, but are not geeks by any measure, they all loved the wine without any prodding from me. It’s delicious and great with food. I’d drink it every day if I could afford to.

30 yr old Chinese Liquor
WTF? Crazy.

Johnny Walker Blue Label
Delicious. We drank the whole bottle. If it were cheaper, I’d have it on hand all the time.


Florida Jim said...

Lotta great scotch in the world - don't think I'd start with Blue even if it were cheaper. Too much peat for me.
Best, Jim

John said...

"2006 Domaine Brana Irouléguy Harri Gorri
A bit disappointing. I was hoping for something more interesting. Kind of glossy and flat.

I agree. I didn't think this was a great vintage of this but this is my least favorite wine from Brana. I think you might dig the upperend Domaine Irouleguy Rouge a lot more. It's a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 20% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat. A much more edgy wine. I believe the Harri Gorri Rouge is more like 80% Tannat...

Joe Manekin said...

Haven't had Blue, but agree with Jim that there is a lot of great Scotch out there. Gonna grab a dram right now, likely Glenrothes Select reserve and then Glenrothes 1985....

Iuli said...

I had one sip of Chivas 25 year that was sampled to a restaurant. Ever since then, I've been looking for someone who would gift me a $300 bottle of scotch.

Blue is tasty too, I certainly wouldn't complain if one of those found its way into my cabinet.

RJ said...

Still have some of that crazy "WTF" Chinese liquor left. That was a great night - we should do it again soon. Cheers.