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Puligny - Clavoillons..... Ch. Pavie.....


Friday night exquisite dinner at home with our wine partners Amihai & Daphna. [Note the the dinner "theme" - duality :) ]

Tartar de Deux Poissons et Caviar
'Tartar' of Sea-bass, Yellow-tail & Caviar
Potage de Deux Poivrons
Red & Yellow Pepper Soup
Cordon Bleu et son petites pommes de terre
'Cordon Bleu' and dwarf potatoes
Assiette de Fromages
Iles Flottantes aux Deux Sauces
Floating Islands in two sauces

As usual (and perhaps that bit more than usual) - wonderful food, great wines, and cosy and appreciative company.

Puligny - Clavoillons 1989 Dom. Leflaive

9/97. Acquired at auction Dec-95 for $55 (imported from Chicago for $65 net).
This 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet accompanied the extremely rich and tasty dish of the two fish tartar. Domaine Leflaive is of course one of the super-star sources and 1989 is a superb vintage for white (B).
COLOR: Medium deep straw yellow.
NOSE: Very assertive. Nothing shy about the nose. Apples and pears, toasted almonds and some mineral tones. Unfortunately too much wood tends to overwhelm the otherwise intense and pleasing aromas.
TASTE: Excellent on the plate yet even the taste suffers from overdose of wood. More opulent than a classy Puligny though less 'fat' and charming than a good Meursault. Both Leflaive's and the '89 Vintage's concentration made this wine a perfect friend of the rich dish.
LENGTH: Medium to short though fully developed aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Though the wine does not lack in fruit, taste, substance and acidity, the most prominent impact is that of over-oakiness. Dommage...
OVERALL: Excellent and mature wine no doubt. Perhaps for a good 1er Cru from a good year by Leflaive it is not even too expensive. Why bury it in wood though?
MARK: 17+/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Maybe.

Ch. Pavie 1982 St. Emilion

9/97. Acquired at auction July-97 for $80 (imported from Chicago for $90 net).
This was my second bottle of the charming '82 Ch. Pavie. I had my first one some 16 months ago.
COLOR: Impressive violet red all the way towards the rim. Some sediment at the bottom though not much.
NOSE: Beautiful mixture of floral and red forest fruit bouquet. Some cigar-box and even ripe gamy tones. I guess the relative high percentage of Merlot and Cabernet Franc contribute to the feeling of warmth on the nose.
TASTE: Lovely sweetish and concentrated raspberry flavors, engulfed by a taste of roasted almonds. Well developed, multi-layered and quite forward by now. Extremely tasty wine throughout.
LENGTH: Long long and ever present impressive aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Mid weight wine, complex and full of 'winyness'. Ample fruit, good acidity. Good grip and structure in spite of weakish tannins. Very well balanced.
OVERALL: Superb! Deep rich and complex yet very pleasant to drink. More open than the previously tasted bottle. At its peak IMHO.
MARK: 18/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.

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