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Burgundy Kickoff

A smaller than normal group of us got together in Sonoma this weekend for a Burgundy tasting to kickoff the new year. As always, the group was very generous and brought some excellent drinking wines to the tasting!

Cannot think of a better way to expose an individual to fine wine than to be part of a wine tasting group of like minded individuals. You certainly enjoy good wine across a broad range of producers, but also enjoyable and knowledgeable company! As luck would have it, our Burgundy group will often “go deep” where basically, we dig a little “deeper” than normal into our respective cellars and pull special bottles! Such was the case this evening.

Brief observations follow of all wines opened and are listed per flight in order of personal preference:

White Wine of the Night:
1998 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet

Red Wine of the Night:
2000 Domaine Des Chezeaux Chambertin

White Burgundy Flight

1998 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet – Initially the wine was light bodied, elegant and flinty, yet showed considerable balance and no signs of oxidation. It slowly put on weight over time, becoming far more powerful. The white wine of the night, a gorgeous Leflaive!

2005 Pierre Yves Colin Morey Batard Montrachet Hospices de Beaune – An excellent drinking young wine, showed sweeter fruit, distinct petrol, and firm acidity. Should age very well! Thought it was a very close second to the Domaine Leflaive, but for very different reasons.

1997 Remoissenet Montrachet – Advanced deep golden color, was initially orange peel, honey, and beeswax. Got funky and oxidized shortly after opening. A disappointing wine overall. Have had less than great experiences with this producer in the past. Quickly coming to the view Remoissenet does a far better job with its red over white wines.

Red Burgundy Flight 1

2000 Domaine des Chezeaux Chambertin – The red wine of the night, thought this was a rich, clean, very pure drinking wine with black cherry fruit, cola, and well integrated spice on the finish. An awesome wine!

2001 Drouhin Chambertin – Another very nice wine, had an almost cotton candy nose with raspberry fruit on the palate. Kept going back to this compelling wine, found it nuanced and easy drinking. A solid well made wine.

2000 Domaine des Chezeaux Griottes Chambertin – Initially showed some plum and prune, as well as spice and black cherry, the wine improved considerably in time. While not as strong a showing as the Chezeaux Chambertin, a nice wine nonetheless.

2002 Pierre Gelin Chambertin Clos de Beze – The wine never quite came around through the evening. It was grainy, baked, and funky, thought it may have been an off bottle. Did not think the wine showed well.

Red Burgundy Flight 2

1997 Francois Lamarche Les Malconsorts – A very nice drinking wine, more rhubarb than anything, had firm acidity and a nice medium bodied palate. Based on previous 1997 wines opened, generally do not have high expectations, but this one showed well for the vintage.

1993 Domaine Bertagna Chambolle Musigny – A light bodied wine and grassy, did not find the wine very appealing. Opposite to 1997, generally have a higher than normal expectation from 1993 vintage Burgundy wines, found this one disappointing.

2004 Rochioli West Block Pinot – A curiosity wine opened while we let the second wine flight open up did not show well. Overall, a simple, light and grassy Pinot. Clearly it was in tough company next to the Burgundy. The wine had been opened for some time prior to the tasting, so certainly a good wine to revisit from this solid producer.

Cheers to a good Burgundy start in 2011!

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/