I dined last week at the osteria below my house with my buddy Thomas and two wine merchant friends from Burgundy, and I came late to what appeared to be an incredible fest of awesome wines including 1973 DRC Montrachet and 1959 Latour. They saved me a glass of each since I came late from a dinner at my house.
The weather that night was a balmy one for Tuscany, with the temperatures hitting about 85 and the humidity about 80 percent. I wasn’t sure if I was in dear old “Toscana” or in Jamaica. And I have to say that I find drinking great wines difficult under such conditions.
Thomas had decanted the red and the white in large Riedel decanters and had them sitting on ice. It was sort of a weird sight seeing the wines in their decanters with water and ice next to the table. But the wines were cool, just like they had come out of a fresh cellar.
The Montrachet blew my mind. I had forgotten that 1973 was an excellent white year in the Cote d’Or. It was very fresh with lemon, pine, apple and honey aromas and flavors. But what was really impressive was its weight. It was thick and almost chewy, yet fresh and crisp. Super acidity. Long, long finish. I put it 97 points that night.
The Latour ’59 was also superb, although not the 100 points it normally is. This could be because the level of the wine in the bottle was not perfect; plus drinking a great red in such heat is not optimal. But it still showed loads of rich, decadent, curranty, cedar character. And it had a full throttle finish. 96 points.
I am never one for drinking lots of wine in such humid heat. But I have to say that if there had been more of these two great wines, I would have been more than happy to enjoy another glass. I felt very lucky to have tried them.
Hoyt Hill Jr — Nashville, TN — August 1, 2006 1:54pm ET
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