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My lifetime top 15 wines

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  1. J.R. Young permalink
    April 16, 2010 6:31 pm

    I’m bummed the ’90 La Chapelle I brought to Morel Mushroom Madness last year didn’t show better. I had such high expectations for it, especially after reading your notes from previous experiences.

    Not sure I have a top 15, but some of my most memorable (for rating and experience) are:

    1967 Y’quem
    1961 Lynch Bages
    1984 Diamond Creek Lake
    1995 LaTurque
    1988 Musar

    and speaking of experience I realize I’ve had all this with you.

  2. April 16, 2010 6:50 pm

    J.R.,
    I do remember tasting all of those with you, on different occasions. That ’88 Musar turned me into a Musar nut. Nice choices of memorable wines.

  3. April 16, 2010 9:21 pm

    You’ve tasted one of Rodenstock’s 1921 Petrus Magnums? I’m impressed!

  4. April 16, 2010 9:31 pm

    Very funny David. Mr. Rodenstock, fortunately, had nothing to do with our event, but Moueix family member Edouard was there representing Petrus (and acting as sommelier for the dinner). He, a couple of auction house representatives (from different houses) and some major collectors were quite confident in the authenticity of our magnums. If someone can counterfeit wine that is that sublime, however, more power to them.

  5. Larry Stein permalink
    April 17, 2010 1:58 am

    Well, since most of the great stuff I drank was during the 80s and 90s, 1) there aren’t any notes and 2) I know I’m leaving some wines out. During the 80s, one could buy old wines for a song. I organized Bordeaux verticals of Latour (49-75), La Mission Haut Brion (55-75), Leoville Las Cases, and Pichon Lalande. Also, a Bordeaux top growth ’62 horizontal. The most expensive one was the Latour which set 10 people back all of $100 for 8 wines. Carl and I used to pick up Burgundies from the 60s. ’62 was our favorite vintage for reds and except for DRC and Leroy, everything was affordable. We scoured Nor and SoCal for those wines. We’d find them in the damndest places, too. I’m just telling you the tip of the iceberg.

    Anyway…

    (in random order)
    1949 La Tache
    1955 Musigny VV, de Vogue
    1962 La Tache (double mag)
    1978 La Tache
    1949 Latour
    1961 Latour
    1955 La Mission Haut Brion
    1967 d’Yquem
    1931 Quinta do Noval Nacional
    1927 Fonseca
    1935 Taylor
    1968 Heitz, Martha’s Vnyd
    1974 Conn Creek Cab, Eisele Vnyd
    1962 Criot Batard Montrachet, Edmond Delagrange
    1978 Echezeaux, Henri Jayer

    I also drank quite a bit of 19th century Madeira. Sorry, those episodes are a blur. 😉 They could be had for high 2 figures to $150.

    Some of these could be swapped out for other wines if I composed this list tomorrow.

    As an example of pricing, I paid $175 for the ’49 La Tache (this was in Paris) and I believe the ’49 Latour was in the $125-150 range.

  6. Larry Stein permalink
    April 17, 2010 2:19 am

    Oh yeah, forgot ’66 Dom Perignon which I sourced from Fauchon. Cost all of $35 in 1983.

  7. July 13, 2010 5:42 pm

    Well, since most of the great stuff I drank was during the 80s and 90s, 1) there aren’t any notes and 2) I know I’m leaving some wines out. During the 80s, one could buy old wines for a song. I organized Bordeaux verticals of Latour (49-75), La Mission Haut Brion (55-75), Leoville Las Cases, and Pichon Lalande. Also, a Bordeaux top growth ’62 horizontal. The most expensive one was the Latour which set 10 people back all of $100 for 8 wines. Carl and I used to pick up Burgundies from the 60s. ’62 was our favorite vintage for reds and except for DRC and Leroy, everything was affordable. We scoured Nor and SoCal for those wines. We’d find them in the damndest places, too. I’m just telling you the tip of the iceberg.
    +1

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