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Mark Lipton[_2_] 30-04-2021 05:00 AM

[TN] '86 Gruaud Larose
 
Tonight, Jean and I did something we hadn't done in over a year: we went
out to eat in a restaurant. We were joined by our son Andy as we
celebrated our 32nd anniversary with a dinner out. To celebrate, we
brought along the wine that's been in our possession the longest
(coincidentally, 32 years).

We started with a bottle of NV Pierre Callot Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
with our shrimp cocktail. The bubbly was quite savory, saline with a
fine mousse and a crisp, dry finish and little autolytic yeastiness.
With our main courses, we opened the Gruaud Larose. The cork was moist
and a bit crumbly but came out of the bottle without too much fuss. The
wine was still dark with very little bricking at the edges. Overall,
the wine was still quite youthful, though I would characterize it as
being on the early end of maturity. The tannins were quite smooth and
the acidity quite high. The wine showed a lot of Cabernet character,
with brambly black fruits, pencil lead, leather and tobacco. As it sat
opened for the hour we spent at dinner, it continued to improve in the
glass, rounding out even more.

Overall, this was a great way to return to a somewhat normal dining
experience.

Mark Lipton

Lawrence Leichtman[_2_] 03-05-2021 04:19 PM

[TN] '86 Gruaud Larose
 
On 4/29/21 10:00 PM, Mark Lipton wrote:
Tonight, Jean and I did something we hadn't done in over a year: we went
out to eat in a restaurant. We were joined by our son Andy as we
celebrated our 32nd anniversary with a dinner out. To celebrate, we
brought along the wine that's been in our possession the longest
(coincidentally, 32 years).

We started with a bottle of NV Pierre Callot Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
with our shrimp cocktail. The bubbly was quite savory, saline with a
fine mousse and a crisp, dry finish and little autolytic yeastiness.
With our main courses, we opened the Gruaud Larose. The cork was moist
and a bit crumbly but came out of the bottle without too much fuss. The
wine was still dark with very little bricking at the edges. Overall,
the wine was still quite youthful, though I would characterize it as
being on the early end of maturity. The tannins were quite smooth and
the acidity quite high. The wine showed a lot of Cabernet character,
with brambly black fruits, pencil lead, leather and tobacco. As it sat
opened for the hour we spent at dinner, it continued to improve in the
glass, rounding out even more.

Overall, this was a great way to return to a somewhat normal dining
experience.

Mark Lipton

Congratulations on your outing. We are going to a restaurant albeit
outdoors today. Unfortunately, New Mexico won't allow us to bring wine in.

[email protected] 04-05-2021 05:03 PM

[TN] '86 Gruaud Larose
 
On Friday, April 30, 2021 at 12:00:59 AM UTC-4, Mark Lipton wrote:
Tonight, Jean and I did something we hadn't done in over a year: we went
out to eat in a restaurant. We were joined by our son Andy as we
celebrated our 32nd anniversary with a dinner out. To celebrate, we
brought along the wine that's been in our possession the longest
(coincidentally, 32 years).

We started with a bottle of NV Pierre Callot Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
with our shrimp cocktail. The bubbly was quite savory, saline with a
fine mousse and a crisp, dry finish and little autolytic yeastiness.
With our main courses, we opened the Gruaud Larose. The cork was moist
and a bit crumbly but came out of the bottle without too much fuss. The
wine was still dark with very little bricking at the edges. Overall,
the wine was still quite youthful, though I would characterize it as
being on the early end of maturity. The tannins were quite smooth and
the acidity quite high. The wine showed a lot of Cabernet character,
with brambly black fruits, pencil lead, leather and tobacco. As it sat
opened for the hour we spent at dinner, it continued to improve in the
glass, rounding out even more.

Overall, this was a great way to return to a somewhat normal dining
experience.

Mark Lipton

Congratulations on your anniversary (and first restaurant meal) ! I love older GL, and the '86 has always been neck and neck with '82 as my all time favorite.
Betsy and I are at Mohonk Mtn House and last night was our first indoor restaurant dining in a year as well.


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