When you get fortunate enough to try in a single evening Krug 95, Domaine Leroy 72, Le Montrachet Morey 03, Lokoya 01, La Chapelle 83 and Vega Sicilia Unico 1970 to quote a few you travel in the world of the ultra exclusive wineries and perfection.
All these wines had come with perfect pedigree and provenance (ex-property for the big majority) which was a showcase for us to demonstrate the difference it makes for a wine to be stored perfectly prior to its consumption and why consumers should always care for provenance before any other criteria.
Domaine Leroy Gevrey Les Champeaux 72, muted at first, developed beautifully and revealed a wine clearly focused on tertiary aromas but incredibly fresh - the wine was there and kicking. It surprised most avid collectors who had tried bigger parcels than Gevrey in that vintage without getting this quality of bottle. A special thank to the Domaine for making that case available for the dinner.
La Chapelle 1983 served in Magnum, was equally stunning with leather, mocha, lingering spices and a bottle you could not refrain from getting back to it to try some more.
Vega Sicilia Unico 1970 was tasted twice that eve, at the beginning of the dinner when we were opening the bottles to get them ready and 2 hours later when its turn came to be served. The striking characteristic of Unico in general is that these wines age beautifully, with 70% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet and 10% Merlot & Malbec, you get the blend of the Spain and Bordeaux in one bottle.
The 1970 was showing off from the first nose straight after opening, it was big, complex, cedar, vanilla and black cherries were still showing despite its 42 years of age.
The wine has not finished developing yet which says a lot about its potential.
2 hours later the wine was perfectly open, the balance of nose and mouth was faultless, the pairing with the white truffle dish a real treat.
A great moment and some extraordinary wines to have in your cellar.