>Sonoma Burg Team

>A while back, wrote of joining a group of folks in Sonoma committed to the brazen and reckless pursuit of all things Burgundy! It is an informal group of those in the wine business and not, but all with a serious interest in the wines of Burgundy. Since that time, quite a few bottles have been opened and enjoyed!

As I continue to taste these wines, quickly releasing there is a lot of truth to the saying, “All roads lead to Burgundy.” The diversity, style, longevity and quality of the eclectic group of wines opened to date is amazing. Three more weeks of brief notes taken follow:

Tasting #1

White WOTN: 2002 Coche Dury Meursault Les Rougeots
Red WOTN: 1988 Chezeaux Griotte Chambertin

1996 Bouchard Corton Charlemagne – Floral, sweet, good structure, straw, doughy nose, very nice

2000 Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Pucelles – Butterscotch, light body initially, opened up slowly

2002 Coche Dury Meursault Les Rougeots – Petrol, diesel, tar, lemon, nice acidity, ageworthy

1969 Drouhin Echezeaux – Past maturity, mushroom, orange rind, oxidized, a curiousity

1988 Chezeaux Griotte Chambertin – Elegant, earthy, minty, complex and full bodied, gorgeous

1993 Rossignol Trapet Chapelle Chambertin – Brett, funky, not the good kind of barnyard

1993 Maurice Ecard Savigny Les Beaune – Bright fruit, light bodied, just an ok wine

1996 Mugneret Denis Vosne Romanee – Barnyard, mint, chalky, dark fruits, opened up nicely

2005 Pousse d’Or Corton Clos du Roi – Ripe, full bodied, cherry, very young

1994 Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle – Plum, light brett, yet balanced and enjoyable

2001 Clos Des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape – Barnyard, brett, did not show as well as others

Tasting # 2

White WOTN: 2002 Coche Dury Meursault Les Rougeots
Red WOTN: 2001 Lucien Le Moine Mazis Chambertin

2002 Coche Dury Meursault Les Rougeots – Diesel, burnt matchstick, lemon, charcoal, toasty

2002 De L’Arlot Nuits St Georges Blanc – Floral, light, no nose, faint

2007 Paul Pernot Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Garenne – Floral, tight, sweet with some air

1976 Prince de Merode Aloxe Corton – Baked raspberry, meaty, pleasant, bricking

1985 Louis Latour Chateaux Corton Grancey – Earthy, herbal, asian spice, forest floor

1987 Bichot Vosne Romanee Les Malconsorts – Newly cut grass, little orange, enjoyable

1989 Jean Jacques Confuron Romanee St Vivant – Barnyard, gamey, some funk, opened up

1996 Bizot Echezeaux – Funky nose, very serious acidity that overpowers any fruit

1996 Hudelot Noellat Clos de Vougeot – Ate a steak at the time, recall tart fruit, rhubard

1997 Arnoux Echezeaux – Gamey, foxy, bright fruit, little astringent, lightened in time

1998 Rene Engel Clos Vougeot – Meaty, gamey, menthol, spearmint, seductive wine

2001 Lucien Le Moine Mazis Chambertin – Huge wine, rich, soaring cherry, raspberry, fresh

2001 De L’Arlot Clos Des Forets Saint Georges – Green but not unpleasant, minty, clean

1985 Ducru – Youthful, good color, balance and fruit, some grass that blew off in time

2003 Foley Claret – Distinct vanilla, thick full mouthfeel, dusty

2004 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Vigna di Pianrosso – Carmel, plum, concentrated

2004 Pegau CDP Reserve – Plum, not a fan of any Pegau we have tasted, if not plum, it is prune

2005 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec – Distinct Vanilla, not very enjoyable

Tasting #3

White WOTN: 2004 Bouchard Meursault Genevrieres
Red WOTN: 2001 Leroy Pommard Les Vignots

2004 Jadot Meursault Charmes – Banana Creme Pie, cookie dough, smooth texture, floral, light citrus

2004 Bouchard Meursault Genevrieres – Similar to Jadot but more structured, started tight, become richer, sweeter in time

1996 Laurent Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes – Heavily toasted wood, bright fruit, less acidity than other 1996’s tasted

1998 Jayer-Gilles Echezeaux – Compelling diesel component, game, tight, some oak, sharp, became more exotic in time

1999 Dujac Morey St. Denis – Cola, bright fruit, sweet strawberry, nice balance and ripe, ready for immediate drinking

2001 Leroy Pommard Les Vignots – Rich fruit, minty, meaty, become carmel, spiced, overall great structure, good complexity

2001 Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze – Light body, green and grassy, forest floor, tannic, gritty, much improved with air

Pizza arrived at this point in the tasting, so no notes on the next 3 wines, but they did pair well with the food! Relieved to report a lack of serious prune in the wines!

2007 Santa Duc Gigondas
2007 Domaine de la Charbonniere CDP
2007 Mas de Boislauzon CDP

1994 Brickhouse Pinot Noir – Burnt matchstick, barrel sample like, unresolved, but a very nice pinot that is aging extremely well

2008 Quivet Cellars Las Madres Hulda Block Syrah – Rich ruby/purple in color, cool, clean, sweet, menthol, meaty, black currant

The informal nature of the team presents itself best in the numerous non-Burgundy wines that make their way to the table. Interesting enough, the 2008 Quivet Cellars Syrah has been one of the highlights of the non-Burgundy wines opened to date. Having enjoyed it so much, took the remainder of the bottle and put it on the counter to taste the next day. No gas or other preservation method was used. It was still awesome the next morning, and throughout the day! Find this rare in nearly all wines. For those that have had the 2005 Lillian Syrah, this wine is for you!

Cheers to many more great White and Red Burgundy experiences!

Nick Wittman
Santa Rosa Fine Wine

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