Thursday 17 January 2019

A Tasting Dinner With Vintages 1934 - 2015

Mikke invited to a tasting dinner promising to open some mature bottles. And so he did...

All wines tasted double blind.

2015 Macon-Cruzille Clos de Mollepierre, Domaine Guillot-Broux
A nutty and buttery nose with notes of white peach, grass and lemon oil. Very good.
The taste is fat and fine with notes of lemon cream, apricots and some rubbery notes. The acidity is good but not really integrated. Medium long. Started out fine but turned out worse with air.
84p   (tasted 2019/01)

2015 Macon-Cruzille Les Genièvrières, Domaine Guillot-Broux
There is nothing wrong with sulfur!! Instead we get this...
A 2015 that smells like a badly stored 1985... A mature, round nose with notes of old wrinkled red apples, detergent, toasted almonds and ski wax. Flat.
The taste is smoky and round with notes of yellow beets, old biscuits and gravel. Heavy-handed. As with the wine above, the acidity is not integrated.
76p   (tasted 2019/01)

2015 Puligny-Montrachet, Bachelet-Monnet
Thanks! A real Burgundy! This is batting above its Village appellation. A balanced, detailed nose with notes of grilled lemons, lemon licorice, chalk and white flowers. Refined.
The taste is young and focused with notes of lemon cream, white currants, minerals and smoke. A long finish with a fine acidity. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2019/01)

2015 Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes, Philippe Chavy
A cool, stony nose with notes of sun warm rocks, ginger, grass and cap gun smoke. Opens up nicely in the glass. Very, very good.
The taste is light and elegant with notes of dried yellow flowers, lime peel, star fruit and lots of chalk. Lots of potential here. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/01)

2007 Chardonnay Private Reserve, Beringer
This has depth and concentration, like the aroma from a deeply flavoured lobster soup, with additional notes of chrushed rocks, yellow apples and lemon fudge. High and pure. Very fine.
The taste is pure and intense with beautiful sweet fruit, a pearcing acidity and a one minute long finish. Lovely notes of grilled lemons, salted licorice, birch sap and sweet minerals. A surprise when revealed, I don´t know how many thousand bottles they make of this, but Kudos to Beringer for turning out this quality. All at the table who tasted blind prefered this to the Kongsgaard.
95p   (tasted 2019/01)

2007 Chardonnay, Kongsgaard
But this isn´t no slouch, even though it had to take the backseat to the Beringer on this evening. The nose is tight and concentrated with notes of apricots, gravel, peanuts, warm sand and dried pineapple. Very deep.
The taste is bold and rich with notes of ripe yellow pears, gravel, ripe flowers and a creamy fish stock. Very intense. Long, lingering. Very, very good.
93p   (tasted 2019/01)

1934 Corton, Chanson
When tasted and forced to guess, I guessed Burgundy and 1964....wrong by only thirty years. The nose is old and wrinkled but has a spark in its eye, displaying a soft, dried up sweetness with notes of autumn leaves, cooked root vegetables, earth and dried herbs. Very good.
The taste is mature and dry with notes of rowanberries, earth, autumn leaves and there is a hint of dried strawberries. As with old Burgundy´s (and Nebbiolo´s) it gets better and better in the glass, hitting its stride after two hours in the glass. A fine testament to the longevity of Burgundy.
87p   (tasted 2019/01)

1978 Pommard, Morin
The first red wine flight was supposed to be a two bottle flight. It turned out to be a one bottle flight, just the old timer above. The first bottle of this was corked. Damn, but these things happens. Next bottle.....corked. Ok then, lets get the last bottle of the trio bought. Guess what?
You guessed it - corked! What are the odds...
No rating   (tasted 2019/01)

1985 Château d´Angludet
The next four wines really became a walk down memory lane. Everyone called it Bordeaux after the first sniff. My first tasting note of 85 d´Angludet is from September of 1993, then I scored it 88p and wrote "will develop fine". It has.
The nose is laid back and classic with a fine maturity and notes of earth, green peppers, red currants, dried up coffee and a hint of red wine vinegar. Very, very good.
The taste is fresh and dry with a soft maturity and notes of red currants, graphite, old leather and earth. Medium long and finely balanced. Has most likey been on top for some years and will continue there for 5+ years.
90p   (tasted 2019/01)

1983 Château Mouton Baronne Philippe
The odd vintage out in the lineup sports a warm, round, mature nose with notes of dried black currants, autumn leaves, pencil shavings and some stable notes from a distance. Very good.
The taste is dry and cool with notes of red and black currants, dry herbs, earth and leather. A medium long, dry finish. Very good but lacks a bit of flesh in the mid palate.
86p   (tasted 2019/01)

1985 Château Gloria
This one shows of a lot of stable notes at first but after a twenty minutes in the glass there are additional notes of damsons, leather, Chistmas spices and forest floor. A very fine sweetness to the fruit. Very fine.
The taste is mature and fine with a lovely dried up sweetness and notes of plums, tobacco and warm gravel. A long, lingering finish. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2019/01)

1985 Château Talbot
Last tasted in april of 1994 and my final note was "not really mature". Oh really... After 24 years I can tell it has matured. The nose is deep and lightly meaty with notes of dried black currants, dry chocolate, leather and forest floor. When the bottle was revealed you could almost sense that Cordier funk...
The taste is round, upfront and generous with notes of plums, black currants, spices, fresh stables and gravel. Very long and intense. A lovely maturity. Really fine.
92p   (tasted 2019/01)

1959 Domaine des Girondes
The label says that this is a Grand Vin. I beg to differ. At least now, 60 year after harvest. The nose is dry and thin with notes of dry nuts, old crumbled ut biscuits, some unripe red berries and gravel.
The taste is dry and short with some reminiscence of oranges and apricots but other than that, dry nuts, gravel and old hay.
65p   (tasted 2019/01)

Always interesting to taste something without a clue, even after the bottle is revealed! As you can see from the pic, the label doesn´t give of any information.
It has a fine, Sauternes like nose with notes of iodine, Del Monte juice, hand cream, apriocts and hay. A fine intensity in a low key kind of way. Very good.
The taste is mature and concentrated with notes of apriocts, pineapple, ripe pears and band aid. A very fine dried up sweetness. Very long. I´m guessing the 60´s, but who knows...
88p   (tasted 2019/01)

1981 Château Rieussec
Aaaah, a deep, sweet, concentrated nose with notes of ripe pineapples, mango, wet asphalt and furniture polish. Deep and intense. Very, very good.
The taste has a lovely maturity and notes of dried orange peel, lavender honey, apricots, band aid and mature banana peel. A long, fine finish with a supporting acidity. On top of its game.
91p   (tasted 2019/01)

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