TN: Bdx group does LMHB at Bobby Van's

A smaller contingent of our Bordeaux group than usual gathered at Bobby Van?s in Midtown East for a dinner with some La Mission Haut Brion Tuesday.
Chartogne-Taillet ?Heurtebise?
This is Blanc de Blancs I think? Certainly crisp, bright, and lively. Perfect way to be greeted (thanks Diane). I really enjoyed this. A-/B+
1981 Ch. La Mission Haut Brion
Some thought this tired, I thought fully mature and quiet, but elegant and long. Not supercomplex, but nice if quiet cassis and cigarbox. Holds up well. B+/B
1985 Ch. La Mission Haut Brion
I thought this was lovely, one person thought ?too soft? but if that is soft I?ll take soft all day. Blackcurrant, black plum, tobacco and cedar, long. A-
1986 Ch. La Mission Haut Brion
I thought this has potential, but still a bit hard and austere - others liked more. Cassis, floral notes. B+
1996 Ch. La Mission Haut Brion
Structured and full, needs time, but rich.,B+/A-
1998 Ch. La Mission Haut Brion
Another one in need of time, but rich and balanced, long. A-/B+
1999 Ch. La Mission Haut Brion
Sweet and a bit oaky, not very Bordeaux but I thought would be a good ringer in a lineup of better 90s CalCabs. B+/B
2001 Ch. La Mission Haut Brion
Pretty oaky now, but complex and full, some tannin but good acid balanced, rich dark fruits.
2003 Ch. La Mission Haut Brion
Wow, this is way more 2003 than LMHB. Kirsch and cassis, heady, a little volatile. C+
Group voting
1985 19 points
1986 9 points
1996 9 points
1998 4 points
2001 1 point
Great group, good fun
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 party where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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