A Recent birthday party.

 By: Bill : January 13th, 2020-20:43

1996 not a bad year.

Great lineup. I agree 1996 is a great vintage and drinking so perfectly now. Happy Birthday to you?

 By: emcquillan : January 13th, 2020-21:03
I did a 2000 tasting on a double date last Friday and they are starting to drink well. My mistake was not pre-decanting before arriving at the restaurant. Next time...

I’ll take a wild guess and say ‘96 was the birth year of the birthday boy or girl (or both!)

 By: NickO : January 13th, 2020-21:06
Aaah, to be twenty-four again.............

Ah very good guess [nt]

 By: emcquillan : January 13th, 2020-21:15
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To be 24 again. How cool is that. [nt]

 By: Bill : January 14th, 2020-07:45
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The trick is to drop off the bottles at the restaurant in the afternoon and let them open a few hours before. [nt]

 By: Bill : January 14th, 2020-07:44
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Very good. I generally pre-decant and then bottle later, but this works well [nt]

 By: emcquillan : January 14th, 2020-08:01
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So you decant and rebottle or simple let breath in the bottle.

 By: Bill : January 15th, 2020-16:44
I guess decanting allows you to clear the sediment.

Please share.


I decant to clear the sediment. A couple positives of this

 By: emcquillan : January 16th, 2020-00:01
Is 1) get to take responsibility for the cork opening if it’s an older wine, and 2) smell the bouquet in the very unlikely event a wine is corked. Once I took an Haut Brion to one of my favourite restaurants and did not pre-decant. It was corked. Of course I made the joke to the server “may I please send this bottle back?” 

Hmmmmm, please forward my best wishes to A! [nt]

 By: amanico : January 13th, 2020-22:43
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Stellar wines from a very good vintage!

 By: halkcb : January 14th, 2020-00:12
Good spread across the Bordeaux range,with.good variation.
The Monbousquet would be interesting,and the Dom would be well into it's drinking maturity.
Enjoy the occasion with these wines!

All from my cellar so provenance was good.

 By: Bill : January 14th, 2020-07:48
All was pretty balanced for their age. On the Dom i still have so 1990 sitting around. Should maybe crack them open.

Like this?

 By: halkcb : January 15th, 2020-18:07

Time to drink!
had it two years ago--still keeping well with some coffee/toffee notes on the bouquet
Should be interesting

Waiting for your visit. [nt]

 By: Bill : January 15th, 2020-21:06
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Great wine ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 14th, 2020-01:19
I was just looking back at 96.... Great year for films as well, Jerry Maguire was released and the Dallas Cowboys won the NFL. 

Too bad Viagra wasn’t around in 1996 [nt]

 By: aperna : January 14th, 2020-06:43
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LOL!!! [nt]

 By: amanico : January 16th, 2020-01:16
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