September 16, 2019

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Another month has passed from our last gathering, and we were finally doing our third MNSC tasting of the year.  With three of the boys perennially outside Hong Kong and in Shanghai, it is increasingly difficult to get enough of us together to pop a few bottles.  Given the low turnout tonight, our host Curry decided to serve us some steaks at the American Club.

The butcher platter - I only tasted the mortadella.

The bread was a little bitter thanks to the grilling...

King crab legs - not sure what seasoning they used, but these were just so.fucking.good!  Couldn't resist chomping down on more than one piece...

12 oz. New York sirloin

Not bad lah...

16 oz. rib eye 

Nice and fatty down the middle... and tasty.

The sides we had to accompany the steaks included onion rings which were fantastic, as well as some really fucking good sautéed mushrooms and broccoli.

I was too stuffed to enjoy apple pie as dessert, so I just watched as the others indulged.

All eyes were on our host to see what he had in store for us in the wine department.  But first, we jokingly "inched" him for choosing to serve us a simple "village wine" to kick things off...

2005 Coche-Dury Meursault - lovely nose with plenty of toasty corn.  Not at all surprised at this finest of Meursalt.  Thankfully not overripe from this hot vintage.

First flight: opened and served more than 2½ hours later from bottle.
1990 Ponsot Clos de la Roche - so bubble gum, so sweet, with a hint of leather.  95 points.

1991 Ponsot Clos de la Roche - the most elegant of the three.  95 points.

1993 Ponsot Clos de la Roche - more pungent with animal and leather notes.  96 points.

Second Flight:
1964 Paul Jaboulet La Chapelle - FUCKING GOOD. A little cloudy thanks to the sediment.  Lovely fruit.  Kinda reminded me of a Leroy.  97 points.

1983 Paul Jaboulet La Chapelle - served from bottle almost 4 hours after opening.  Couldn't get much out of the nose after having it sit in glass for too long.  Second pour didn't help much.  90 points.

1989 Paul Jaboulet La Chapelle - served from bottle almost 4 hours after opening.  Also sat in glass for too long.  A little grassy.  90 points.

Unfortunately for the boys, I ended up being the first one to guess at our blind tasting... and we all know that my guesses aren't exactly inspiring. The end result was that... once again, there is undisputed proof that we still suck at this after nearly two decades of tasting wines together.

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