Thursday 1 December 2011

Tasting dinner

Last weekend, one of the two tasting group that I´m a member of, gathered to one of our semi annual tasting dinner. We take turns what our responsibilites are in creating the dinner. This time, a friend and I had to come up with and created the main course.
As usual it was a great dinner, with lots of tasty dishes, stunning wines, and great atmosphere - thanks all!
All wines tasted blind, except the ones we brought ourself.

With some foie gras with Swedish truffels (can be found on Gotland), truffel omelett and a cheese cream with salmon roe. we had three champagnes.

2000 Gosset
A fine, elegant nose with lots of freshly baked bread, orange ice cream and some cookie dough. Very nice. Dry caramel. But it lost some of its nerve when it got warm. Very good though.
The taste is fresh and fine with a medium sized mousse and notes of grey pears, oyster shells and sweet minerals. More liniar in the mouth. Medium long finish. The taste faired better than the nose when it got warm. Very good.
89p   (tasted 2011/11)

1996 R.L. Legras Cuvée St. Vincent
A cool, elegant nose with notes of  white peaches, lime peel, grapefruit and wet slate. A deep, impressive nose that just kept on going, even when it got warm in the glass. Pistachio and grey pears after a while. Just stunning!
The taste is like drinkink silk, with gorgeously sweet fruit, perfect acidity and tiny, tiny bubbles that flows over my tongue. Mature yellow apples, lime, and a fine buttery note ends the long finish. This is one spectacular Blanc de Blancs. Just about ready but there is no hurry to do the dee.
96p   (tasted 2011/11)

1996 Charles de Cazanove Stradivarius
A deep, fine, steady nose with notes of lemons, summer flowers, pears, wet rocks and oilcloth. Very, very yummy. Doesn´t have the depth or structure as the previous one, but this has a hedonistic feel about it. Very, very good.
The taste is big and broad with some maturity and lovely sweet fruit - red apples, grapefruit and peaches. The finish ends with some chocolaty notes. A lovely champagne for drinking in big mouthfulls...
92p   (tasted 2011/11)

The next course was seared scallops on a cauliflower purée with a sauce made on zucchini - I love scallops in every shape and form!
And the wines that were served - pure heaven!

2000 Criots-Batard-Montrachet, Roger Belland
A medium big, tight nose with notes of forest fire, bakelite, mature red apples and pine apple candy. Some maturity. Very, very good in its own way. Lots of character.
The taste is semi mature with nice, sweet, yellow fruit in form of grapefruit, lemons, mango and papay. Very drinkable at this stage. Long, dry finish. I guess, at top of its game.
92p   (tasted 2011/11)

2000 Montrachet, Domaine Lamy-Pillot
Well, well, its not that often I get to drink Montrachet, and this beaty showed why certains plots of land is different than others...
A big, fat, oily nose with gorgeous scents of melted butter, cookie dough, fudge, dry honey and a touch of rubber, in a positive way. Very deep and intense. Some oak vanilla. And through all the scents there is a pure elegance about it. A stunner!
The taste is as multi layored as the nose with a tight, sweet fruit, a tingling acidity and a long, intense finish, that last for over a minute. There is a touch of maturity, but this have places to go. Lip smacking good!
97p   (tasted 2011/11)

2000 Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Rapet
This one has a deep and, at first, withdrawn nose with notes of sweet lime, anise, sea shells and para nuts. It evolves nicely in the glass and more exotic fruits emerge - papay, pineapple and mango. A stunning nose, both initially and when it has blossomed. Ver, very deep.
The taste is very, very elegant and precise with a stunning structure and sweet, sweet fruit. Yellow plums, lemons and a touch of wood. The finish is almost as long as the Montrachet. Beautiful! Don´t normally like the wines from Rapet, but this one is the real deal.
95p   (tasted 2011/11)

2000 Corton-Charlemagne, Bertrand Ambroise
A big, powerful nose with lots of oak, coconut oil, melted butter and cookie dough. Opulent. I have a very high tolerande for oak treatment, but this pushes even my tolerance. There is good fruit here, but the oak (almost) overwhelmes it. Very broadshouldered.
The tasete is better, with the fruit and the oak in harmony. Still, it is a big wine, with notes of butter fried nuts, cookie dough, pineapple and a touch of alcohol warmth. Very long. A very good wine, but it could have been better, the raw material is there. I remember the 1990 CC, Ambroise as much better.
90p   (tasted 2011/11)

Time for the main course - we served deer filets with oven potatoes, a chanterelle soufflée and a red wine sauce.
Time to go back in time...

1953 Chambolle-Musigny, A.R. Barriére
A deep, very sweet nose with notes of mucovado sugar, overripe strawberrys, stables and wet earth. Big and brawny. Is this all Pinot? It feels like something darker and meatier have been added...
The taste is big and concentrated with sweet, sturdy red fruit and the same muscovado sugar taste as on the nose. Very much alive. Medium long finish that ends dry and fresh for its age.
85p   (tasted 2011/11)

1953 Chambolle-Musigny, Calvet
A much more withdrawn nose than the previous one. With air fresh rasberries, earth and forest fire emerges. This is very nice in its low keyed way. Very much alive.
The taste is tight, mature and pure with notes of lingonberries, rasberries and a fresh acidity. Medium long finish. Very, very nice, and very drinkable.
88p   (tasted 2011/11)

1976 Chambolle-Musigny, Pierre Julien-Hudelot
A cool, fine nose with notes of lingonberries, sweet spicies, licorice and dried summer flowers. Elegant and nice. Medium deep. Very good.
The taste is tight, fresh and good with lingonberries, rasberries, rosehips and a nice earthy note. Very elegant finish. Perfectly mature. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2011/11)

1976 Chambolle-Musigny, Noémie Vernaux
A big, mature, sweet nose with notes of beetroots, licorice, rasberries and wet earth. Complex and fine. Violets and smoke after a while. Just great to sit and sniff on this fine, mature Burgundy!
The taste is velvety, with lots of sweet red fruit, fresh acidity and a long, dry finish. Notes of red cherries, rasberries, licorice and violets. A lovely example of mature Pinot Noir.
92p   (tasted 2011/11)

For dessert there was a mighty chocolate cake with two fortified wines - one of them the wine of the evening...

1945 Riversaltes, Domaine Sarrat
A fine, low keyed, fairly elegant nose with notes of wild strawberries, sugared water and dried herbs. A tad to low keyed for my liking. But fresh.
The taste is bigger, with lots of pressed rasberries, sweet licorice and milk chocolate. Fine sweetness. But the finish is somewhat short, it ends fairly abruptly. Nice enough though.
85p   (tasted 2011/11)

1968 Bual Reserva, D´Oliveiras
This elixir was bottled 2010. The nose is bottomless deep with hauntingly notes of pan rosted nuts, dark chocolate, band aid, cane sugar and assorted dried fruit. Layer upon layer of greatness. Ginger cake bread, molasses, autumn leaves - the scents just alters with every sniff. Breathtakingly beautiful!
The taste is intense, so powerful, so stunning, that tears comes to my eyes. The concentration is awesome. Notes of roasted nuts, raisins, chocolate and dried apricots dominates the flavour. The acidity is through the roof, but so nicely integrated. Lots of salted biscuits in the finish, that seemingly never ends.
98p   (tasted 2011/11)

And so ends another tasting dinner, already looking forward to the next one...

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