It's always so much fun to see what I could actually drink (buying is a different story) out of the Specator's 100 Best Wine Issue.
*11 CLOS DES PAPES Chteauneuf-du-Pape 2004 96 $80
(Haven't had it in years, but always did love this house.)
* 13 DOMAINE CHARVIN Chteauneuf-du-Pape 2003 96 $65
(Sure, why not?)
*26 KRUG Brut Champagne 1995 98 $224
(Krug? When Henri was still mix-master? Absolutely!)
*31 LE VIEUX DONJON Chteauneuf-du-Pape 2004 94 $45 Rhne
(What's going on with Chateauneuf here? Is it a Parker thing? )
*35 JOH. JOS. PRM Riesling Auslese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Graacher Himmelreich 2004 94 $38
(Who could resist?)
*42 DIDIER DAGUENEAU Pouilly-Fum 2004 94 $50 Loire
*74 JEAN-LOUIS CHAVE SLECTION Ctes du Rhne Mon Coeur 2004 $20
(Expensive for what it is, but what could be bad?)
*94 BRNDLMAYER Grüner Veltliner Qualittswein Trocken Kamptal Kamptaler Terrassen 2004 91 $21 Austria
(No brainer. )
*98 FRANOIS CHIDAINE Montlouis Sur Loire Les Choisilles 2004 93 $30 Loire
(Great big yum. )
*100 M. CHAPOUTIER St.-Joseph Les Granits 2003 93 $65 Rhne
(Too expensive, and a year I'd rather avoid, but if it showed up on the table?)
Of note: Sea Smoke, a much touted California pinot noir showed up on the Spec list as #53.
FYI: I've found every bottle I've ever had of this wine undrinkable. I don't understand its popularity. There is no resemblance to the grape at all.
Last night at Tommasso's in Brooklyn it showed up unbidden by the generous owner to our table. It really didn't have a chance because we were enjoying;
'83 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Les Bressandes Corton ($55!)
89 Patrick Jasmin Cote Rote ($95!)
93 Chave Hermitage ($100!)
Tommy was so sweet, so proud. Swirling the black juice in this glass he said, and said, "I'm very impressed with this wine."
In the restaurant's bathroom were piles of The Wine Advocate, who was also impressed with the wine.
My friend, the mistress of the bended compliment said, " I've never tasted anyting quite like this!" Big smile. Owner of restaurant was happy.
The Chave? Now, that was glorious. I really had forgotten how exquisitely good Hermitage was.....all smokey, bacony, yummy. And the Sea Smoke Ten That was flinch-worthy.