It was Monday in July in Dallas… everyone’s gone on to better things and cooler climes, right? Partly. Member Bill S has been MIA for the past few weeks so when he walked in, he made a beeline for his locker and presented me with his finds behind the bar.

First in the bucket was a 2000 Remoissenet Bienvenues Batard Montrachet which showed just a touch of oxidative characteristic – a sherry/roasted nuts combo – to its core of pear and white peach notes. The palate was full bodied with a rich, dense structure and an expansive mouthfeel packing hazelnuts, oatmeal, quince, Asian pear and honeysuckle flavors. A twist of pear and Meyer lemon undertones on the zesty finish.

A 1989 Remoissenet Musigny Vieilles Vignes was up next and this was showing amazingly well. Penetrating iron-mineral tang, red fruits, smoke and dried flowers on the nose followed by a palate that was pure seduction. Silky in texture, elegant, vibrant with high-toned flavors. Great intensity and freshness. I love this wine!

Since it was a relatively quiet Monday and I was itching for a run before dinner, I thought it was time to scoot out of here. I walked in the next day and there was a line-up of 1965, 1971, and 1973 Penfolds Grange that I missed. Really, on a Monday afternoon?