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1999 Vintage Rhone Dinner
Thursday, May 14th, 2009

We tasted 5 reds from the 1999 vintage for the evening.   To pair with the shrimp scampi appetizer, we had a white wine from Cote du Rhone from the 2006 vintage.  
Coudoulet de Beaucastel CDR Blanc 2006
Domaine Andre Perret Saint Joseph Grisieres 1999
Domaine Roger Sabon CDP Cuvee Prestige 1999
Domaine de la Janasse CDP Chaupin 1999
Domaine de la Janasse CDP Cuvee Vieilles Vignes 1999 
Beaucastel CDP 1999
The Coudoulet de Beaucastel white was floral and fruity on the nose; creamy and harmonious on the palate.   In fact, this is a white wine that goes well with the foie gras!
The St Joseph Grisieres was the most approachable at front, opening up to a beautiful bouquet of earth, spices, mint and light violets.  Compared to its Chateauneuf du Pape peers, this wine is the lightest in body and layers.  The wine began fading after several hours, just when the Beaucastel started revealing its spices.
The favorite of the night is Beaucastel 1999. Earthy, leathery, and smoky, this wine definitely took its time to open up.    
Roger Sabon Cuvee Prestige was the most interesting wine of the night. Half the attendants ranked this wine their “No 2” Wine.   It received 2 “Top Wine” nominations as well as 2 “Least Favorite” votes.   



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