Dinner with Dear Friends in Washington, DC

I was blown away by the Domaine d'Auvenay Meursault Narvaux. I wish I had bought some. Following that, the 1970 Lynch-Bages is fully mature and needs to be drunk up, but among the Bordeaux, the star was the 1978 La Mission-Haut Brion, a great, great La Mission. Sadly, the 1970 Trotanoy was an off bottle. A blind tasting, the flight of Châteauneuf du Papes, provided outrageously great drinking, with the 1989 Beaucastel the best regular bottling they have ever made, and of course, the three perfect wines, all totally different in style, the Rayas, the Les Cailloux Centenaire, and Bonneau's Réserve des Céléstins. That was followed by one of my all-time favorite dessert wines, the extremely elegant, beautifully delineated 1971 Climens, which seems almost immortal in terms of its longevity. It is still young but oh, so complex.

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