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Buying ready to drink 1er cru Burgundy is not easy. For a couple of years I did the Old and Rare wine buying here at K&L and found it easy to find California Cabernet and even Bordeaux from collectors. But Burgundy… Forget it. They had to die, get a divorce or have doctors orders to part with the king of all Pinot Noir! This bottle of 2007 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits St-Georges 1er cru Les Boudots ($99) comes direct from the property from our friends at Atherton, and like most of the 2007’s, drinks fabulously right now. This wine showed excellent sweet beet fruit, savory depth, and incredible finesse and length. The tannins are completely resolved, and went perfectly with duck crepinettes from the fatted calf in San Francisco. This is the kind of Burgundy that gets people hooked- you have been warned!!!! –Gary Westby

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Kay, my wife, cooked a wonderful dinner  over the weekend for famed Bordeaux negociant and wine collector Pierre Lawton and his friend Kristel, Bordeaux National Sales Director for Southern Wine & Spirits Mark Levin and his wife Cecile Levin, and Mike Temple and his daughter, Anna. Mike has run Grape Expectations for last 35 years and was the one who introduced me to Bordeaux negociants back in 1985.

We started the evening with a delicious magnum of Krug Champagne - toasty, rich and much more interesting than the 750ml - served with Kay’s famous Pesto Torte.

With Kay’s Butternut Squash Soup, we enjoyed a magnum of Didier Daguenau’s 2004 Pouilly Fume-Pur Sang. It showed great richness, and was a sharp, focused wine with citric and guava notes - a good match for the rich winter soup.

We then tasted two wines blind with a Duck Confit salad.  Pierre said the two Bordeaux wines (I always serve Bordeaux) were both from excellent vintages and guessed 1985 because of the sweetness.  The wines were the 1997 Haut-Bailly and the 1997 Pichon-Lalande. Both were absolutely fabulous with the Haut-Bailly showing mineral notes and elegance while the Pichon was a bit heavier and richer.  SO GOOD with the duck confit. 

At a break between courses, Mark poured a 2002 Echezeau, Jean Tardy that was just starting to evolve.

 With the barbecued steak I served a magnum of 1966 Chateau Siran. It started a bit funky and sharp, but evolved into a sweet, somewhat rustic, deilicious mature Bordeax - superb.

After dinner, Kay served some chevre, Comte and Camembert accompanied by two more wines tasted blind.  Pierre said of the first: imust be a fabulous year-  the wine is heavenly sweet and lush.  He guessed Pauillac from 1982. It was Pauillac from 1983, actually, Pichon-Lalande at that, and an almost-perfect wine.

May Eliane (the estate's former owner) and I always preferred the 1983 Pichon to the 1982, but the 1982 is otherworldly these days. The 1983 is only 99 points.

The second wine served was a knockout - a powerful, broody, rich, thick Bordeaux.  Pierre said surely 1982 and from North Medoc. He was close; it was 1982 Leoville-Las Cases, a wine that will go another 20 years.

A little cheesecake and berries were the perfect finish to the meal, especially with 1995 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Long Gold Capsule Auslese.  7.5% alcohol and packed with fruit and spice, with a finish that went on for a minute.

Now, next week is diet week.

Clyde Beffa


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