Charity Dinner at the Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington, DC

  • Robert M. Parker, Jr.

  • 01 Sep 2001 | Events

Sadly, the food from the restaurant at Hay-Adams was mediocre, but the wines made up for it. I have already referred to the great 1989 Laville-Haut Brion, a youthful, vigorous wine with 40 years of longevity. The 1995 Kistler Chardonnay Cuvée Cathleen is vibrant, full-bodied, gorgeously textured, ripe, and complex Chardonnay that probably has another five years of life left in it. The youthfulness of the 1982 Bordeaux continues to amaze even me. Not surprisingly, from large format bottles, they taste like four or five-year-old wines. Both the 1982 Lynch-Bagesand 1982 Ducru-Beaucaillou, from imperials, were decanted well in advance, but were still ruby/purple to the rim and hardly evolved. The axiom that wine ages better and longer in large format bottles certainly was vindicated at this tasting.

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