Monday 2 December 2019

Tasting Dinner With Winston Churchill, Corton-Charlemagne, Côte-Rôtie, Vintage Port & More!

It was time again for our semi annual tasting dinner in our tasting group.
All wines tasted double blind except for the Côte-Rôtie flight.

2014 Blanc de Blancs Chaillots Hautes Vignes, Lacourte Godbillon
A cool, delicate nose that evolves beautifully over the evening, with notes of lime kaffir leaves, gravel, ginger and hints of iron. Very fine.
The taste is high and racy with notes of lime, Kellogs cornflakes, gravel and iron. A very fine acidity. Long lasting. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/11)

2008 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, Pol Roger
A low keyed nose with notes of smoke, bread, wet stones and freshly washed clothes. Very, very good but doesn´t really sing. A bit of a disappointment when it was uncovered.
The taste is young and tight with notes of Lily of the Valley, grapefruit, minerals and iodine. Long. Will perhaps unfold - like the 02 below - with som years in the cellar.
90p   (tasted 2019/11)

2002 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, Pol Roger
A very deep and elegant nose with notes of fried bread, melted vanilla ice cream, expensive soap and an interesting rubbery scent. Very fine. A hint of maturity.
The taste is handsome and refined with notes of dry fudge, oranges, sand and minerals. Aristocratic. Very long with a fine bitterness at the end. Just lovely.
95p   (tasted 2019/11)

1990 Blanc de Blancs, Autréau de Champillon
A round, mature nose with notes of wrinkled red apples, autumn leaves, banana peel and a touch of Sherry. A fine dried up sweetness. Very, very good.
The taste is big and bold with round, fine apple dominated fruit and additional notes of earth and dry dark fudge. Long and fine.
90p   (tasted 2019/11)

2013 Criots-Batard-Montrachet, Fontaine-Gagnard
A deep, finely tuned nose with notes of salted lemon caramel, smoke, tangerines and some grassy notes. Laid back and refined. Very, very good.
The taste is sumptuous and mouth coating with notes of yellow plums, almond paste and grilled lemons. A very long finish with a crisp acidity.
93p   (tasted 2019/11)

2011 Corton-Charlemagne, Pierre Yves Colin Morey
A stunner. The nose is cool and fresh like a mountain river with gorgeous notes of chrushed rocks, dill, ripe lemons and blood oranges. Sooo deep and fresh. Very young.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of ripe lemons, sweet minerals, matchbox, grass and grape. High, intense and very, very long. Great wine. 5+ years.
96p   (tasted 2019/11)

2005 Corton-Charlemagne, Bonneau de Martray
This was very reductive from the start, so much that it was debated if it was ok. But after 30 minutes it came alive, with a deep, focused nose with notes of cucumber, lemon and lime peel and a hint of mint. Tightly expressive. Need lost of time.
The taste is racy and fresh with notes of tangerines, chalk, grass and a hint of matchbox. Very long and distinct. Needs another 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/11)

2005 Corton-Charlemagne, Bertrand Ambroise
A deep, creamy nose with notes of ripe lemons, lemon candy, flower water and smoke. Very, very fine. Lots of character.
The taste is crisp and concentrated with notes of honey pastilles, lemon cream, almond paste and smoke. A very fine warmth. Very, very long. Lovely now and the coming 8+ years.
94p   (tasted 2019/11)

1999 Côte-Rôtie, Jamet
The Côte-Rôtie´s came from my and Roderick´s cellar so we tasted these non blind. The 99 Jamet sports a semi mature, deep nose with notes of violets, dried up blackberry jam, moist earth and black pepper. Very, very good.
The taste is cool, ripe and fine with notes of ripe blueberries, earth, green raisins and beef stock. Silky tannins. Long and fine. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/11)

1999 Côte-Rôtie, Saint-Cosme
The Saint-Cosme has a deep, velvety, intense nose with notes of bakelite, ginger bread, scorched earth, meat and loads and loads of ripe blueberries. Outgoing and really fine.
The taste is tight and deep with notes of veal meat, salmiak, dark flowers, earth and pepper. Very fine, salty tannins. A very fine dryness at the end. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2019/11)

2001 Côte-Rôtie, Jamet
A very deep, sturdy nose with notes of pimento, asphalt, red beets and scorched earth. A lot of structure. Very deep.
The taste is tight and rich with notes of sweet violets, licorice, meat and pepper. Very long and taut. Ripe tannins. Needs time. 7+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/11)

2001 Côte-Rôtie, Saint-Cosme
This gorgeous creature displays a fantastic nose with notes of white peppper spiced raw meat, salmiak, scorched earth and some bacon fat. Just lovely. Still young.
The taste is cool, peppery and sandy with notes of ripe blueberries, damsons, iron and white pepper. Length, structure and balance in harmony. Just wait 8+ years.
96p   (tasted 2019/11)

1985 Riversaltes. Gérard Bertrand
I have tasted this several timed before, but then from half bottles. This bottle displays a medium sweet nose with notes of figs, raisins, molass and paint. Very, very good.
The taste is medium dry and rich with notes of damsons, dark fudge, Finnish licorice and burnt sugar. Long. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2019/11)

1937 Maury, Domaine et Terrois du Sud
A very deep. multi layered nose - the kind that only comes with age - with notes of dark chocolate, white raisins, flowers marinated in liquor, orange peel and old tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is rich and concentrated with notes of dark dry honey, raspberry chocolate, raisins and dark roses. Very, very long and intense.
93p   (tasted 2019/11)

1985 Vintage Port, Dow
A high, intense, spirited nose with notes of malt, dark raisins, dried raspberries, damsons and hints of Islay whiskey. Very, very good. Still youngish.
The taste is concentrated and fine with notes of salt licorice, sea buckthorn, dark chocolate fudge and malt. Very, very long. A hint of liquor at the end. Wait 10+ years. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2019/11)

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