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1921 Chateau D’Yquem at Maison de Ble

February 25, 2010

I’d always wanted to try Chateau D’Yquem, based on all the rave reviews.  I had a chance to try a 1999 while dining at Maison de Ble in Lyon.  It had an enticing brilliant canary yellow color, and the flavor was an explosion of stone-fruit and honey.  I detest stone-fruit.  The flustered Sommelier de Ble brought us a bottle with more age on it, but it had clearly gone bad as you can see from the brown color.  Disgusting.  The bottle broke when we were trying to get the cork back in — no big loss — it’s not like it was drinkable.

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1961 Pétrus at Il Buco di Monstro

February 25, 2010

The last bottle in the cellar of Il Buco di Monstro, an ancient trattoria in the hills above Verona, and a bargain at €5000. Pétrus’s flavor profile typically features aromas of ripe mulberry, black currant and spicy vanilla oak; in this bottle, the funk of wet animal fur overpowered all else. We left half the bottle for the busboy, and stiffed the waiter.