TN: Half a pig, all of aking crab, 2 Champagnes, 7 Burgundies at Wu's Wonton King

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A nice group met at Wu’s Wonton King at edge of Chinatown last nigh
t. Steamy day, but AC worked well. We had preordered king crab and a half p
ig. Lots of lovely food:
Our 11.5 lb crab was served 3 ways- half the legs steamed with garlic, othe
r half fried, then fried rice in the carapace
The roasted pig was served like P-duck- in pancakes with hoisin, then rest  
of carcass brought out
Cold jellyfish
Squid with anchovies  
Pea shoots
Veal chops (only dish I’d skip next times)
For dessert eaters mango gelatin and red bean soup
I think my 5th time there, still haven’t tried a wonton (there will
 come a day).

The wines

MV Krug
This was a 2015 disgorgement of a 2007 base. Nice nose, good acid, everyone
 elseloved, but I can appreciate but not love Krug. B/B+

2010 Agrapart Mineral Blanc de Blancs Champagne Extra Brut
I preferred this, perfect on a hot day. Apple and pit fruits with lots of c
halk and citrus zest, killer crisp. Like a serious PC Chablis with bubbles.
2010 Raveneau “Butteaux” Chablis 1er Cru
Maybe this was just shutdown, but I thought it needed more cut and oomph. P
erfectly acceptable PC Chablis, but at current Raveneau prices you need mor
e. To be fair, I gave it a B when making notes, but enjoyed more a later po
ur that seemed more giving and bright.  
1992 Sauzet “Combettes” Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
A reminder of why we (used to) age white Burgundy. Apple and some rather ex
otic tropical fruit, yet with snappy acids. There’s just a hint of  
incipient oxidation, and it did fade at end of bottle, so I wouldn’
t hold much longer, but this bottle was a pointe for most of bottle. A-/B+

2011 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne
Delicious bottle of BdM. Full.pear with a touch of hazelnut, floral/blossom
 notes. Good length. Too bad I don’t dare age these anymore B+/A-

1999 Jean Boillot “Clos du Roi”  Beaune 1er Cru
New Boillot to me. Raspberry and cherry, a little dirt, ok but not compelli
ng. B/B-

2001 de Courcel “les Rugiens” Pommard 1er Cru
This showed refined/elegant for de Courcel, but think that was a function o
f being next to the rustic Gaunoux. Black cherry and cocoa, a bit of tannin
 yet rather lush on palate. Some others liked slightly more. B+/B

2001 M. Gaunoux Les Grands Épenots Pommard 1er Cru
Acid and tannin, lots of earth notes, red cherries and beets. A tad tough a
t moment. B

1999 M. Gaunoux Les Grands Épenots Pommard 1er Cru
My red of the night. Red and black cherry, orange zest, smoke. Tannins in b
ackground, acids in balance. Young but quite drinkable. B+/A-

Fun night, great food, great group.

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine,
 B a good wine, C drinkable. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a p
arty where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi
ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.

Re: TN: Half a pig, all of aking crab, 2 Champagnes, 7 Burgundies at Wu's Wonton King
On 7/11/18 2:27 PM, DaleW wrote:

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Yup, I'm with you on these.  Krug doesn't rock my world the way some
non-dosé BdB's do.  I like your description of Chablis with bubbles as
this nails a lot of the appeal.

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Coincidentally, I opened a 2007 M Gaunoux Beaune the other night with
duck.  It was totally a point and open for business (a rarity IME for
this producer) but still had that earthy character that I find so often
in their wines.

Thanks for the interesting notes, as always,
Mark Lipton

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