WTN: Heidsieck, Gloria, Kistler, Jaboulet

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WTN: Heidsieck, Gloria, Kistler, Jaboulet

Postby Bill Spohn » Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:56 pm

Dinner with friends, all wines served blind:

1990 Hiedsieck Brut Champagne – now has some colour, showing complexity in the nose, and very appley in the mouth, lots of flavour, youthful

1998 Dom. Latour-Giraud Meursault Cve Charles Maxim – citrus and smoke nose, medium straw colour, clean, with fair length, at least for the acidity, but the fruit seemed to chop off a bit short.

1995 Kistler Chardonnay Lot 2 – vanilla and tropical fruit nose on a wine that was also showing some colour. Sweet fruit at the end in the mouth. Better with food.

1988 Poderi il Pallazino Grosso Sinese – an IGT – except that IGT hadn’t yet started, so it was still a Vino da Tavola.The nose easily betrayed the country of origin, and it was also evident it was sangiovese, but I thought it could have been a 1990 – it was showing well with good balance, ready now but will hold.

1970 Ch. Gloria – a cru bourgeois from an excellent year, this wine was showing (as 1970s often do) as being younger. Obvious cabernet nose with a hint of green. Still tannin, but drinking really well.

1970 Ch. Cissac – another cru bourgeois from the Medoc, this one in magnum. Sweeter cocoa nose, showing more tannin and more oak, but lighter on palate in the middle. Interestingly , signed on the back label by Harry Waugh – apparently he did this for this chateau?

1983 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle – sweet spicy nose, brown edges, full and showing ripeness in the mouth, but more a middleweight wine with black pepper and some leather coming out with time. An astringency in the finish.

Buller Fine Old Muscat – an Aussie liqueur Muscat, with medium dark colour, hot nose, sweet and soft in the mouth, with some almond in the finish.
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Re: WTN: Heidsieck, Gloria, Kistler, Jaboulet

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:16 pm

Waytogo Bill. Another Heidsieck man who has a cellar full, they do age nicely eh. That`s the trouble with these guys over here....they drink the stuff too young!!
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Re: WTN: Heidsieck, Gloria, Kistler, Jaboulet

Postby Jenise » Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:55 pm

What vintage on the Cissac, Bill?

Too bad about the 83 Jaboulet--sounds nowhere close to the bottle that I opened at Rasoul's event.

The Kistler--this is probably the first time I've ever read the words "better with food" and "Kistler" in the same sentence.
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Re: WTN: Heidsieck, Gloria, Kistler, Jaboulet

Postby Bill Spohn » Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:18 pm

The 83 Hermitage isn't as good as it used to be, but don't take my remarks as damning it - the wine still held up its head. For my money, I have always preferred the 1982, which has always had better balance.

The 1979 is fabulous too - a bit in the shade of the unequalled 1978, so it hasn't received the attention it deserves. Maybe I'll bring one to lunch some time. Not this time, though - already made up my mind.

Sorry I missed the vintage on the Cissac - it was also a 1970.
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