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Burgundy Dinner with Friends

What better way to kickoff 2012 than with a Burgundy Wine Dinner with good friends. Make it pot luck, add a bottle of 2004 Pierre Peters and 1969 Moet & Chandon Champagne to start, and you have the makings of what should be a fun evening!

2010 was filled with a lot of great wine, and quite a few exceptional Burgundy. Some of the best ones that come to mind: 1969 Leroy Echezeaux, 1985 Joseph Voillot Volnay Champans, 1990 DRC Grands Echezeaux, 1990 Jean Gros Richebourg, 1991 Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes, 1998 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet, 2001 Coche Dury Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrieres and a 2004 Domaine Blain Gagnard Le Montrachet. With a little luck, 2012 will rival so many nice wines opened in 2011.

The Inaugural 2012 wine dinner turned out to be a lot of fun. With ten of us in attendance, unfortunately pours were relatively small and there was a limited opportunity to revisit the wines over time. That said, brief impressions follow, and sorted in order of personal preference by flight.

Champagne Starter – Both Champagnes were lovely. The Pierre Peters was sweet, a touch of saline, with a refreshing, refined smooth palate, a gorgeous wine. In contrast the Moet & Chandon was lively, fuller in style, and pleasant drinking. It was a bit oxidized, but well within expectations for a 40+ year old Champagne. This was the oldest Champagne I have ever tasted, and was pleasantly surprised.

2004 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons
1969 Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial

White Burgundy – The Corton Charlemagne flight was very good. The Boillot was the biggest most powerful wine of the group, with excellent balance, citrus, toast, and lightly reduced, a highly age worthy wine. Both the Bouchard and Bonneau Martray had much in common, mature, creamy wines, both enjoyable. Sadly, the Louis Latour sulfur was intense, so much so, it grossly took away from wine. Both the Colin Deleger Montrachet and Ramonet Batard Montrachet were oxidized and sadly not very enjoyable.

2005 H. Boillot Corton Charlemagne
2002 Bouchard Corton Charlemagne
2001 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne
2001 Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne
2001 Colin Deleger Montrachet
1995 Ramonet Batard Montrachet

Red Burgundy – Easily the wine of the flight, and wine of the night, the Ponnelle Musigy was beautiful. Mint, leather, youthful clean fruit, with tannin well in proportion to the wines other components. The Echezeaux flight was the best overall flight of the night. Mongeard Mugneret was peppermint, spice, blue fruits, Maniere Noirot youthful, tight, dark fruits, and both Jayer Gilles, vanilla, stemy and approachable. Thought the Drouhin Musigny should be aged longer, has not yet fully come together, it showed an interesting cognac quality on the palate.

1961 Ponnelle Musigny
1989 Maniere Noirot Echezeaux
1998 Mongeard Mugneret Echezeaux Vieille Vigne
1996 Drouhin Laroze Musigny
1998 Jayer Gilles Echezeaux
2001 Jayer Gilles Echezeaux

Mystery Wine -Immediately thought this was a California Pinot Noir. Bright clean fruit, surprising lack of tannin, was mature, round, full bodied, but in no way on the decline. It lacked a certain earth, mineral, spice, and tannic quality you might expect from a blind Burgundy knowingly about a decade old. It all became crystal clear once Bonnes Mares was correctly guessed, it was well in line with numerous other bottles tasted from the vineyard and producer. A very nice wine.

2001 Lucien le Moine Bonnes Mares

Barolo Flight – This was a disappointing flight, not so much from the perspective of the wines absolute quality, more so from personal preference. No notes were taken at the time, just did not find anything particularly appealing. The older wines were all decanted, and could not help but be struck by the appearance of the 1950. It looks like milky, muddy water. Have never seen a more unappealing wine, and the taste was equally disappointing. Projecting forward, a strong candidate for worst wine of the year!

1997 Virginia Ferrero Barolo
1982 Borgogno Barolo
1964 Borgogno Barolo
1971 Borgogno Barolo
1950 Franco Fiorina Barolo

Cheese Plate Wine – Second favorite wine of the night, this was a generous surprise bottle pulled from our hosts cellar. Had it been served blind, would have guessed it as something a few years old, not a wine over 40 years old! It was gorgeous, bone dry, tight, grapefruit, saline with firm acidity. An exceptional wine!

1971 Clos de la Coulee de Serrant Savennieres

Dessert Wines – Found both dessert wines just ok. Have very much enjoyed 1995 stickies, and fondly remember a gorgeous 1995 d’Yquem. The two Ch Tirecul La Graviere Monbazillac were pleasant, sweet, full bodied, mouth coating, but somewhat one dimensional. Found them good, not great.

1995 Ch Tirecul La Graviere Monbazillac Cuvee Madame
1995 Ch Tirecul La Graviere Monbazillac

Cheers to a fun dinner with good friends!

Nick Wittman
Santa Rosa Fine Wine

Thursday Burgundy

This past week, had an informal Burgundy tasting in Sonoma with a few local friends. It was a Thursday night, very casual and short notice, basically, grab a few wines from the cellar, and off to the races!

On this occasion, we were pleasantly surprised by our generous host with two Joseph Roty Red Burgundies, a Charmes Chambertin and Mazis Chambertin, both from the 2000 vintage. The two wines were excellent, no question. Over the past couple of years drinking Burgundy, continue to be very impressed with this vintage. Among the better Burgundy producers, not sure there is a better combination of quality and value, in a vintage that is just entering to fully mature. Brief observations of all wines opened follow:

2005 Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Les Caillerets – Initially yeasty on the nose, blew off quickly and became a gorgeous lemon and lime, floral wine. Nice creme brulee creamy sweetness in a medium bodied, wonderfully complex wine. Awesome!

2000 Joseph Roty Charmes Chambertin – Started out with a light cranberry nose, fresh cut grass and slightly barnyard. As it sat in the glass, put on weight, and improved considerably into an elegant wine with brighter black cherry fruit and a distinct earthiness.

2000 Joseph Roty Mazis Chambertin – An interesting contrast to the Charmes Chambertin, was cleaner, menthol and game meat, had a terrific balance of tannin and fruit that carried the wine for some time. As it sat in the glass, became more leathery and leaner in time.

1996 Jadot Corton Greves – Extremely tight and closed down, in a dumb phase right now and not hinting at any potential. Had hard baked fruit, heavily toasted oak, and very strong acidity. Would easily not touch this wine for another ten plus years. Tasted the following day, and it was much improved, but still incredibly young.

2003 Domaine A. F. Gros Clos De La Fontaine Monopole – Wet saddle leather, wheat, tropical fruit, and well integrated oak in this sometimes clean, sometimes dirty wine. Noted a barnyard funkiness that hinted at brett, but was very minor and not altogether unappealing.

2007 Saintsbury Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir – A curiosity wine served blind near the end of the evening, it had an underbrush nose, pleasant but light palate, good minerality and tannic. Was a good wine with a lot of potentially. Prefer this style of California Pinot over ripe, high alcohol efforts that have become all to common. Should age gracefully for years.

Cheers to some very nice wines!

Nick Wittman
Santa Rosa Fine Wine