Your Christmas wine?

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Your Christmas wine?

#1 Post by Lee Short »

Mine was NV Christophe Mignon brut rose. Really great match with a Tails & Trotters ham and roasted root veggies. The salt and gentle sweetness of the ham demanded a wine with acidity and richness, and the Champagne delivered.

With just 3 of us, there's a whole lot of ham leftover. Looking forward to some great sandwiches the next few days!

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NV Larmandier-Bernier Longitude, 2019 Pepiere Clos de Briords VV, and 2001 Clape Cornas.

Did you only have 1 bottle of Champagne and no still wines?

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#3 Post by Craig G »

We had 1994 Haut Brion with cheesesteaks. Started with Michel Arnould Grande Cuvee Champagne.
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#4 Post by Barry L i p t o n »

98 F Gaunoux Beaune Clos does Mouches
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#5 Post by Brian Pinci »

A Christophe Mignon Brut MV and a 1990 Laurel Glen cab, both from magnums with ham
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#6 Post by Andrew K. »

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2017 Olivier Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet
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#7 Post by R. Frankel »

2004 Jacquesson Avize Champ Cain before dinner with my small group. A spectacular aperitif wine, a few drank it all through the meal. Champagne with prime rib? Yes!
1989 La Conseillante was sadly dead - failed cork is my guess, flat and thin. After six hours no improvement.
1996 Pape Clement - a very good backup. With standing rib roast, Yorkshire pudding, roast carrots, baked ziti for the vegetarians. This wine is still so youthful but loaded with classic Bordeaux notes. Excellent with the beef, no surprise.
2005 De Fargues Sauternes - a shockingly good partner to a chocolate orange cheesecake. Lots of tart orange in the wine, plus a sharp, tart long finish was a great counterpoint to the richness of the cheesecake.

Merry Christmas to all!
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#8 Post by Kirk.Grant »

The 24th is a close friend's birthday so today we opened:

2019 Keller VdF
2017 Cameron Pinot Noir Silvestre Clos Electrique
NV Bartlett Estate Blueberry Oak Dry
2016 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza La Crena
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#9 Post by Paul @bbott »

Pierre Mignon NV, premier cru, very pleasing brioche flavours.
2010 Chateau Cissac from magnum, ready to go, but no hurry to drink.
2002 Real Companhia Velha Colheita, delightfully figgy tawny.

Merry Christmas.

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#10 Post by Tomás Costa »

The main event of the night over here is salted cod, which we paired with the 2017 Jean Marc Pillot Clos St. Marc, which at the moment is more about future potencial than anything else. Opened a few aged reds and the evening ended with the Barros 1938 Colheita.
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1995 Ampeau Meursault La Pièce-sous-le-Bois (really lovely, in a perfect place) with caviar, gougères and carabinero shrimp soup
2007 Comte de Vogué Musigny (also showing well, deep, complex, and after some air balanced) with roast goose stuffed with prunes and armagnac and potatoes roasted in goose foot.
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#12 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng »

Krug 163 and the rest of the 12 Cristal

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#13 Post by Ramon C »

1999 Ch. Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1.5L
2001 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanee
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2010 Shafer Hillside

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#16 Post by Michael Manix »

2004 Solaia: Dead on arrival.
2009 Pontet Canet: Beautiful.

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#17 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Kept it simple but pleasurable. Lots of champagne. Some bottles of Sir William’s Chenin Blanc and some mags of:

2011 Clos de la Roilette Griffe du Marquis

2017 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
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#18 Post by stewart lancaster »

1999 Dom Perignon and 2014 Domaine Carneros Taittinger with crab cakes and calamari salad

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#19 Post by Blair Ridley »

2008 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee
NV Jose Dhondt
1999 Chateau Peby Faugeres (magnum)

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#20 Post by robmundell »

1994 Opus One
2014 Chateau Montelena Estate
2018 Perchance Cabernet
2017 Hudson "Little Bit" Chardonnay
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#21 Post by Stephen Faulkner »

2009 Congruence Cabernet - Outstanding and classy as always with sous vide prime rib and spinach Madeleine.
2007 Niepoort vintage port - still too young, but fun to drink after a couple of hours in decanter with lots of blackberry, plummy fruit and spice.

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#22 Post by Glenn P. »

2005 Chateau Pontet Canet
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2014 Myriad Napa cabernet.
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#24 Post by cjsavino »

2009 Pol Roger Brut

2011 Schrader RBS with a Flannery club roast
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2012 Regusci Magnum
2010 Chimney Rock Elevage
2014 Caterwaul Regusci

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#26 Post by Al Osterheld »

2007 Cedric Bouchard BdB La Boloree, 2004 Vernay Coteau du Vernon (had a glass on Christmas Eve), 2007 Pierre Gonon Saint Joseph. The Condrieu was the best of the wines.

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#27 Post by I. Howe »

A 2015 Leon Barral Valiniere, paired with a standing rib roast, it was a glorious meal.
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2014 Schrader LPV

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#29 Post by Jdbramm »

2006 Piper-Heidsieck Rare Brut Millesime
2003 Chateau de Beaucastel CdP Oenotheque
2008 Terralsole Brunello

With sous vide rack of lamb, bon appetit’s collard green and pickled fennel salad w coconut, couscous with mint, orange zest and sun-dried tomatoes.
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2004 Dom Perignon
2004 Pommery Cuvee Louise
2015 Pepiere Briords

We had some raclette.

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#31 Post by Arjan Stavast »

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#32 Post by Eric White »

2003 Outpost Howell Mnt. Cab
2002 Quilceda Creek Cab

Notes posted on both

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#33 Post by Jeff D a v i e s »

2008 Cristal - delicious, for my daughter
2016 Myriad Dr. Crane Elysian - hedonistic, to get the kids attention
1983 Pichon Lalande - mature and refined, to bring the meal together

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#34 Post by Douglas Breen »

NV Billecart Salmon Rose- big and beautiful
2014 Rochioli Rachael’s Chardonnay- complex and mature
2003 Yquem- perfect finish!

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#35 Post by Alan Gottlieb »

1989 Sociando-Mallet with standing rib roast

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2012 Agrapart Venus
1995 Ampeau Meursault Perrieres
2005 Mugnier Clos de la Marechale

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#37 Post by JBrochu »

We had a 2011 EMH Black Cat cab with ribeyes.
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#38 Post by P@u1_M3nk3s »

We drank a bunch of Oregon wines during Hanukkah, so went German on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
Martin Muellen 2018 Mosel Riesling Revival Trocken - a dry Qba that keeps making you go back for another taste. A good wine that becomes almost stunning when paired with poached sole.
Hermann Ludes 1995 Thoernicher Ritsch Riesling Auslese - luscious pineapple and stones. Outstanding wine but it fought for attention with the brown butter scallops at Christmas lunch. Pair with smoked fish so it can shine on its own.
Ziereisen 2016 Schulen Blauer Spaetburgunder - an excellent wine, dense, fruity with good complimentary acid to accompany Christmas night mushroom risotto. Great qpr, I think this can age nicely for the mid-term as well.
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#39 Post by Tom Chen »

2010 Grand Puy Lacoste. It was so good.

Flannery Club Roast.

Great pairing.

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1999 D'Angerville - Volnay - Taillepieds.

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#41 Post by Br1an Th0rne »

2012 Roederer Champagne
1989 Ch. Leoville Las Cases
1994 Ch. Margaux

The Roederer is brimming with potential, but I’m having a heckuva time keeping the corks in mine! I preferred the Ch. Margaux over the LLC, although both were impressive wines.

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#42 Post by S teve R edenbaugh »

Cedric Bouchard Val de Vilaine
Benoit Dehu "La Rue des Noyers" Pinot Meunier
2008 Dom Perignon
1994 Dominus

...perfect bottle of old Dominus, DP in a strange, reticent place, Bouchard needing a bit of time, but the Dehu was just right. Reminds me how much I love grower Pinot Meunier.

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#43 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m »

2015 Marie Courtin - "Resonance" --- pretty disappointing; nearly no fruit flavor whatsoever. Nice Nose, though, so maybe needs time?

2019 Paul Pernot - Bourgogne Blanc --- good. On the richer end of the spectrum.

2004 Tablas Creek - "Panoplie" --- out of magnum, in a really nice spot. Time to drink 'em if you got 'em.

2009 Rockford - "Basket Press" Shiraz --- pretty darn big, but it managed to hold together. Went well with the pulled pork; was a bit too strongly flavored for the prime rib, imo.
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#44 Post by Robert Grenley »

2015 Rhys Bearwallow
2015 Rochioli West Block
2004 Chave Hermitage
1985 Fonseca

All showed well...that Chave was open for business and paired well with the prime rib.
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Egrot et Filles NV - paired brilliantly with the Mushroom Consumme that my wife had been working on for days
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#47 Post by John Davis »

2011 Morlet Estate Cab and it was glorious. Started with Pierre Peters BdB.
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#48 Post by matt d »

2014 roy piper absolutely amazing can't imagine what spend more would have got me
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#49 Post by Jayson Cohen »

We were missing the traditional Chinese and a movie out on Christmas, so I opened 1996 Broadbent Madeira Colheita, a Tinta Negra, to ease the disappointment. I used a Riedel Vinum Port glass.

Somewhat subdued maple syrup, mocha, bake shop spice, old wood barn aromatics. More intense in the mouth adding a hint of lemon-leaning citrus peel on the finish. A nice Madeira at a good price for vintage Madeira these days.

Of course, there’s more left in the bottle to give it some air and close out 2020.


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#50 Post by Lee Short »

Jan Janas wrote: December 25th, 2020, 10:28 pm Did you only have 1 bottle of Champagne and no still wines?
We did. It was just 3 of us -- myself, my mother, and my wife. My mother doesn't drink, and my wife wanted cocktails before dinner, and I had to drive afterwards. Not an ideal situation for opening more than one bottle. There will be other opportunities soon enough.

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