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!
Santa Rosa Fine Wine