A birthday meal

We celebrated the birthday of my partner at a farmhouse eating establishment. It was quite a lot of fun. Lovely beef.

Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1988, Pol Roger

Really toasty, cocoa nose. It is really fully developed. Broad and powerful with great acidity. This is really excellent.

Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Vendanges Tardives 1989, Trimbach

Rich, mineral nose. Quite botrytic, quite petrolly. Nice citric fruit. Richness and minerality on the palate. Lovely acidity. Very harmonious and balanced. Lovely fruit. This is superb.

Richebourg Grand Cru 1972, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

F’ing triple-A nose of soft red fruit and extraordinary complexity. This is muy excellente. The palate is a tiny bit dry, but enough fruit remains. For an old bottle this is excellent. F’ing quadruple-A, in fact.

Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2001, Domaine des Lambrays

Lovely nose of fresh red fruit: cherries and strawberries. Very mineral. The palate is very mineral too. Lovely fruit and and real length. No wonder I like Clos des Lambrays. This is quite yummy.

Riesling Clos St. Hune 1990, Trimbach

This has been exposed to a bit too much heat during its lifetime. It seems a bit flat and lacking the excitement it should have. I was disappointed.

Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2000, Mommessin

Raspberry fruit on the nose. The tannins are quite noticeable for a 2000. Is there a hint of greenness there? I think so. It is pretty big, and quite extractive. The fruit is good, though, and there is nice complexity. Not bad at all.

That completes ten days of tasting and drinking. What a lot of fun it was.

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