TN: '03 Coppo Barbera and '86 Sociando

For Tuesday's dinner Betsy had needed a cup of white wine, and opened
a 375 of the 2005 Lamothe de Haux (Bordeaux AC). Tasted next day it
was its usual dependable self, brightly acidic, a little grassy, lemon
fruit, quite short but at $5 a half who's complaining? B-
Betsy was leaving Saturday for concerts, she made a nice family dinner
Friday before I went to local tasting group (notes separate)- we've
discovered it'sa good idea for me to be elsewhere when she is
packing :)
Dinner was a Calabrese lamb chop recipe, in a red pepper and olive
sauce. Fresh out of Calabrian wine, I went way north, and opened the
2003 Coppo "Camp du Rouss" Barbera d'Asti. This was sold as "light on
the oak", but I found it quite oaky (not Braida level, but more than
most Barberas I've drunk). Ripe black raspberry fruit, a bit more
tannic and less acidic than I'm used to in Barbera (product of the
vintage, I'd assume). OK, but I didn't love. Tasted next night the oak
was more integrated, the tannins not as rough edged, I enjoyed more- a
nice modern Barbera. . B- first night, B/B+ second.
Saturday I took Betsy to airport, then divided day between work,
errands, and lawncare. Lovely spring day, and I decided I'd grill a
porterhouse and some squash. A glass of the Barbera, but for the steak
I opened a 375 of the 1986 Ch. Sociando-Mallet (Haut-Medoc). Much more
accessible and less tannic than from a full bottle a few months ago.
Beautiful mature Bordeaux nose of cedar, tobacco, and herbs; nice
balance of acids and integrating tannins, pure blackcurrant fruit with
an underlying note of graphite. Absolutely lovely claret, a pointe
from the half. A-/A
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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Thanks for the notes, Dale. I can almost taste this wine. Sociando-Mallet is one of my favorite Haut-Medocs, and it sounds like you caught it at peak. Alas, we have only a handful of Bdx from the '80s left in the cellar (we weren't buying a lot in grad school or as postdocs), so I'll rely on my vicarious enjoyment of the notes posted by you, the Bills and Emery.
Mark Lipton
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Mark Lipton
I'm about out of my 80's also. I have a few left from '82, '83, '85, '86, and '89. Mostly Lynch Bages, Cheval Blanc, a few Moutons and Lafites a smattering of Haut Brion The Pichons and the Leovilles.
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I'm down to less than 40 pre-1990 Bdx. And with HDH prices this weekend I'm not going to be able buy more. Couple HautBrion and Chevals (from less hyped vintages), rest Meyneys, Poyferres, Talbots, etc.
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On Sun, 06 May 2007 13:22:52 -0400
Mark, you honor me to put me in such company. I don't think my palate is on par with either of the Bills, or Dale. And my cellar probably matches my palate in this respect!
This said, although I do have a few S-Ms from that epoch, I don't think I've got more than 4 cases left from the 80s, either. Sad to say.
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