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Palo Alto Burgundy Dinner

Recently, we attended a mid week Burgundy Dinner with friends in Palo Alto. We don’t often get to the southbay, but enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with friends we have not seen in some time and share some very nice wine.

While we rarely do blind tastings in our northbay tasting groups, our southbay friends lean toward this format. All wines, except the Sojourn Pinot Noir and Cabernet were pop and pour, served blind, and sorted in order of personal preference by flight. Brief observations follow:

White Wine of the Night:
2004 Domaine William Fevre Les Clos

Red Wine of the Night:
1998 Domaine Leroy Savigny Les Beaune Les Narbantons

Sojourn Flight

Before moving on to the White and Red Burgundy, Craig Haserot of Sojourn generously poured the current 2009 offering from his winery. All bottles were newly opened just prior to dinner, and served non blind.

2009 Sojourn Cellars Rodger’s Creek Pinot Noir – Hardwood spices, forest floor, firm structure and earthy. Very close call which showed better on this occasion, the Rogers Creek vs Gap’s Crown.

2009 Sojourn Cellars Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir – Clean blue fruits, deep, rich, riper palate and an exceptionally long finish. A friendly and approachable wine that could have easily been the top Sojourn Pinot this evening.

2009 Sojourn Cellars Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir – Initially thought it showed tighter on the palate, picked up steam in time. More blackberry leaning than the others, a complete wine that should age beautifully.

2009 Sojourn Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – Dusty, bright, creamy, cherry fruit, an easy drinking well made wine. Had a distinct character of its own relative to the other Sojourn Pinot Noirs.

Chablis Flight

Opened the night with three Grand Cru and one Premier Cru Chablis. Unfortunately a bottle of 2002 Vincent Dauvissat Les Preuses was corked and immediately pulled from the flight.

2004 Domaine William Fevre Les Clos – Crisp firm acidity, lime, ocean air, steely, tight, very slowly put on a little more weight over time. Thought the wine showed better than the last bottle tasted a year ago.

2005 Vincent Dauvissat Les Preuses – Full bodied, more intense yeast, salty, mineral, stone, the wine had perfect balance. Should age beautifully and continue to improve in the coming years.

2005 Vincent Dauvissat Les Clos – Similar to the Les Preuses, a much more fully bodied wine than the Fevre. Good acidity, oyster shell, citrus, no question a young wine, but strikingly approachable.

2001 Domaine François Raveneau Butteaux – A medium bodied wine, was more creamy, bread, and more lemon citrus based than the others. The color was advanced, deeper straw colored and fully mature.

Wine Intermission

While the Red Burgundy flight was being organized, a blind wine intermission was opened and shared with the group. In some tastings, it basically becomes a guessing game, what year? what region? etc.? The group quickly called it out correctly as a Rhone.

1997 Tardieu Laurent Hermitage – Animal, game, smoke, menthol and a little brett, the nose on this wine was foxy and interesting, highly expressive. It was a cleaner style Rhone, with good balance. A very nice wine!

Red Burgundy Flight

Similar to the Chablis flight, unfortunately an off bottle of 2000 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Clos du Chateau Des Ducs was poured. The wine was funky and chemical, clearly something wrong with the bottle, and quickly pulled from the table.

1998 Domaine Leroy Savigny Les Beaune Les Narbantons – Easily the red wine of the night, showed rich blueberry fruit and mint in a silky, clean and pure wine. Grand Cru quality in a Premier Cru. Simply outstanding!

2002 Frederic Magnien Savigny Les Beaune – Ripe raspberry fruit, full bodied, extracted, nice balance. Showed very well, but a distant second place after the Leroy Les Narbantons.

1989 Louis Jadot Corton – Initially clean, light, and not very inspiring, improved considerably in time becoming more earthy, mineral, underbrush, and tree bark.

1990 Maison Leroy Chassagne Montrachet Rouge – High acidity and funky, did not find the wine appealing. Did not spend a lot of time with the wine.

As we worked toward the end of the evening, tried a few additional wines: 2002 Copain Dennison Pinot Noir, 2002 Faiveley Les Saint Georges Cuvee de Sires de Vergy, 2008 Sojourn Home Ranch Cabernet and 2008 Sojourn Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet. Like the final Leroy tasted unfortunately, there was not enough time to spend with the wine to give a fair impression!

Cheers to our southbay friends!

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

Impromptu Burgundy Tasting

Last week, attended an impromptu tasting of Burgundy in Sonoma. Most of the time the local tasting group gets together, we spend a good 3 or 4 hours with a group of wines, revisiting frequently through the evening. In doing so, you get a very strong sense of a wines age worthiness, not to mention, the overall quality.

In this instance however, it was a more abbreviated tasting over a shorter period of time, and in turn, more challenging than usual to evaluate the wines. This night, thought the 97 Jadot Bonnes Mares was wine of the night, more for what it will be in the future than what it is right now. Had the opposite view been taken, what was enjoyable right now, a legitimate argument could be made the 1976 Pierre Gelin Fixin Les Hervelets was the leading wine! Brief impressions of all wines opened follow:

White Wine of the Night:
1992 Bernard Morey Les Caillerets

Red Wine of the Night:
1997 Jadot Bonnes Mares

White Burgundy Flight

1992 Bernard Morey Les Caillerets – Yeasty with tropical fruits, this gorgeous full bodied wine was deep straw colored with exceptional balance and a very long finish. The white wine of the night, was ready to drink immediately with no signs of oxidation.

2002 Jadot Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres – Floral, grapefruit, a medium bodied wine had little to no finish. The acidity was firm, and given more time, sure it would have shown better. Second best white wine of the flight.

2005 Fevre Bougros Chablis – Lemon and minerals, young, tight, and firm acidity. Did not open up in the span of an hour. Was out of place among the other two wines, but would show very well next to other Chablis and a lot of patience.

Red Burgundy Flight:

1976 Pierre Gelin Fixin Les Hervelets – Heavily toasted oak on the nose, dusty, animal, and rhubarb, the wine was initially closed, and balanced out in a little over an hour. The wine had a lot of structure, and suspect it would have continued to get better in time.

1995 Jean Marc Pavelot Savigny Les Beaune Narbantons – Mushroom, cola, clean, and light, pleasant enough drinking wine, was not a standout, just an ok drinking wine.

1997 Jadot Bonnes Mares – Subdued cherry and menthol, very tannic and young. The wine was decanted, but it did not budge over the short span of time tasted. Restrained, but still powerful, thought it was the best wine of night, slightly ahead of the 1976 Pierre Gelin.

1999 Alex Gambal Les Malconsorts – Blue fruits, ripe, pepper and spice, it was a youthful tasting wine. The funky, dirty nose, gave no hint of the clean palate. A very interesting wine.

1999 Dujac Chambolle Musigny – Blue fruits, cigar smoke, an easy drinking pleasant wine, but was not as nuanced or complex as other wines. Thought it slightly oxidized.

2003 Geantet Pansiot Charmes Chambertin – Tire rubber, powder texture, dry and tannic, this was a pleasant but highly backward wine. Given it was opened a few hours before our tasting and how closed it was, should be aged considerably longer.

Bonus Wine

2003 du Caillou Les Quartz CdP – Not a fan of this wine, one taste, noted a predominate prune and plum based wine, similar to other 2003 CdP wines opened in the past. It is purely stylistic, do not find this type of wine interesting or appealing.

Cheers to another excellent time with our local Burgundy friends!

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

Clos Vougeot Wine Dinner

A few weeks ago, attended an outstanding dinner at Lupa Restaurant in San Francisco. As always, Lupa did a superb job providing quality food and excellent service. The wine theme of the night was Clos Vougeot Burgundy served blind.

Under most circumstances, prefer non blind tastings, especially when pours are relatively small offering a limited opportunity to revisit. Generally speaking, find more value in knowing what you are tasting in order to more fairly evaluate and handle the wine given the year, producer and type of wine. That said, in the case of this dinner, knowing all the wines were Clos Vougeot, flighted in relatively close vintage ranges, and being an informal as opposed to a formal tasting, blind tasting worked.

Brief observations follow concerning wine opened. Within each flight, wines are sorted in the order of personal preference.

White Wine of the Night:
2006 Louis Jadot Meursault Les Genevrières

Red Wine of the Night:
1997 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot

Flight 1

2006 Louis Jadot Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières – mineral, floral, citrus, ripe, good structure and acidity in a pleasant drinking wine.

2002 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet – slightly oxidized, flat, sherry, not appealing, one of a string of not so great 2002.

Flight 2

2002 Jacques Prieur Clos Vougeot – scorched earth, high acidity, in time more well rounded and enjoyable. A nice wine that took time to come around.

2000 Domaine Anne Gros Clos Vougeot Le Grand Maupertui – cooler wine, tight, lean and grassy, not very complex, an ok wine.

2001 Domaine Robert Arnoux Clos Vougeot – funky, lean, little harsh, laser fine, not sure if this wine was ever going to come around.

Flight 3

1997 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot – dark berry, good acidity, brown sugar, a very well put together wine. Another high quality Jadot.

1990 Leymarie Clos Vougeot – most barrel sample like of the wines, light, after some time, improved considerably. Possibly the best of the flight.

1996 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot – baked raspberry, funky, foxy, stewed fruits, normally qualities that are not good but worked in this wine.

1990 Jacques Prieur Clos Vougeot – green, barnyard, grassy, yet light on the palate, was not a very thrilling wine, just ok.

Flight 4

2000 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain – orange peel, honey, rich, sweet, nice end of meal wine.

1970 Warre Port Vintage – purely a stylistic thing, did not enjoy the wine. No flaw noted in the wine, just do not enjoy Port.

Cheers to a nice evening of Clos Vougeot!

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