TV Dinner at Home
Sitting down with my wife to watch my profile on 60 Minutes II, followed by a one hour profile on the Charlie Rose Show, I thought that just in case they were negative, I needed to be intoxicated. We began with a 1995 Sauzet Puligny Montrachet Les Combottes. It was fully mature, but somewhat of a disappointment given what I thought this wine was going to turn out to be. That was followed by the 1998 Cabrières Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Prestige. It is a fully mature, "tooty-fruity" style of Châteauneuf du Pape that is wonderfully charming and delicious, but it will not last more than another decade. When the show started we racheted into high gear with the 1990 Haut Brion and 1982 Gruaud Larose. The generous and gracious profile on 60 Minutes II, followed by the much more detailed and kind profile on the Charlie Rose Show may have helped both these wines, but they seemed to drink splendidly well that evening, but I have liked them in the past. Readers who have the 1982 Gruaud Larose would be well-advised to decant it a good 45-60 minutes in advance given the heavy sediment it is throwing.
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