>Piperade Burgundy Dinner

>A group of fellow high end wine drinkers and I got together for dinner this past week at a restaurant called Piperade in San Francisco. The wine theme of the night was Burgundy, with a California ringer thrown in for good measure!

All wines were opened double blind. We only had prior knowledge of a Meursault, Chambolle, and Echezeaux Flight. Under most circumstances, do not like blind tastings, strongly prefer to know what I am drinking, and as I taste, generally like to draw parallels to other years of the wine I have tried. In general, the more knowledge going into the tasting, the better to fully appreciate and evaluate.

Overall, it turned out to be a very nice selection of wines, with an excellent California ringer and starter Chablis. Brief notes follow. All wines are sorted in each flight by best to least favorite.

White Wine of the Night: 2002 Brocard Valmur Chablis
Red Wine of the Night: 2000 Georges Roumier Bonnes Mares

Starter Wine:

2002 Brocard Valmur Chablis – A loamy, lemon, lime almost floral wine to start, evolved into a more creamy, sweet wine with a hint of peppermint.

Flight 1:

2001 Henry Boilliot Meursault Les Charmes – Firm acidity, steely, an elegant wine that was good, but not necessarily great.

2002 Bouchard Meursault Perrieres – Mature, oily, nutmeg, old stale bread and astringent. Perhaps a flawed bottle.

Flight 2:

2000 Georges Roumier Bonnes Mares – Black cherry, thick, full bodied, burnt oak, gamey and foxy. A gorgeous wine of the flight and wine of the night.

1999 J.F. Mugnier Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses – Medium bodied, cool and clean, grassy and lean, it was an easy drinking wine.

2001 Comte Georges de Vogue Chambolle Musigny 1er – Very slow to come around, grassy, musty, reduced, big improvement later in the evening.

Flight 3:

1999 D. Mugneret Echezeaux – The groups wine of the flight, heavily reduced, plenty of initial herbaciousness that subsided in time and toasty dark fruits.

1997 L. Jadot Grands Echezeaux – A big gamey powerful Grands Echezeaux, was my personal wine of the flight. Huge, young, and gorgeous.

1985 Mongeard Mugneret Grands Echezeaux – A lean, light, clean and pure drinking wine, nothing out of place in this mature Burgundy.

1990 Calera Jenson Pinot Noir – Almost barrel sample like, black cherry, soda, and fresh cut grass, thought the wine showed very well as it opened up.

Enjoyable Ending:

1999 Rene Engel Echezeaux – Big blue and black fruits in a gamey, riper wine. Excellent balance and complexity, the second best wine of the evening.

Cheers to a very enjoyable evening with wonderful company and excellent wines!

Nick Wittman
Santa Rosa Fine Wine
http://www.santarosafinewine.com/

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