Over the course of a week, I taste a bunch of wine, usually with friends, and almost always with my wife. Here are some of the wines we tasted over the past few weeks:
NV Deutz Champagne Brut Classic: Retail $40. I bought this several years ago and this was the last of the lot. There was some slight oxidation on the nose, but that is a plus for me. Toasty, biscuity, and yummy on the palate. Champagne producers claim that NV champagne does not get better after release, but for me, this is the perfect argument as to how a NV can get better in the bottle. Outstanding. 90-92 Points.
2004 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Vermots Dessus: Retail $35. 100% Chardonnay. Pouring into the glass, a bit golden with a hint of oxidation on the nose. But when paired with an Epoisses cheese? Whoa. The oxidation melds away and the brightness really comes out. As does the fruit. Whoa. Alone? Very Good 88-90 Points. With Epoisses? Outstanding (and a Whoa). 91-93 Points.
1997 Laurent-Perrier Champagne Brut Millésimé: Retail $80. Whoa. After the last bottle of this, I was more than depressed. So depressed, in fact, that I chose to ignore this last bottle, hoping that it would just go away. Tonight, Mother’s Day, I decided to pop this open since I had to do it at some point, right? Well, whoa. Lemon, croissant, and just a hint of oxidation. I dare say that this is the best champagne I have had this year. On the palate, it is fabulous–a burst of citrus, followed by a biscuity goodness, with a finish that lasts for over a minute. Yum. Outstanding. 93-95 Points.
2012 Saintsbury Pinot Noir Vincent Vin Gris: Retail $25. There are times in your life when you hit things just right. Or close enough that you sprain your wrist patting yourself on the back. I do not have a lot of those, so I relish in the mini-wins. This was one of those. I bought a case of this wine, back when it went on sale at the Pennsylvania State store (PLCB) for $8. One of my better purchases, I have to say. This wine tonight is certainly not fruity, nor is it all that introspective, but for $8? This was a steal. Good acidity and balance, and even at 2-3 years old, this is solid. So why am I such a genius? Well, I drank this last bottle at the precisely right time (at least in my mind), as it would have only been worse tomorrow. Very Good. 86-88 Points.
2001 Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Library Selection: Retail $65. A particularly rich nose of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, and a hint of mocha. Simply put? This wine rocks. And not a Joan Jett and the Blackhearts kind of rock, but more of a Led Zepplin or a Nirvana kind of rock–the type of music that you can crank up to eleven and forget about everything else, or play it low during a dinner party. Yes, this wine rocks, and that is a technical term. Whoa. Rich without being overbearing–I have always been a fan of Trefethen and this is why. Bold, yet restrained at the same time. Outstanding. 92-94 Points.
WINE OF THE WEEK: This was a bit of an odd week in that I really did not get much of a chance to get down into the cellar and grab one of our own bottles until the end of the week. By Saturday, however, we were more than ready to break out a few bottles that I have been sitting on for some time. We had some good friends over and what better time to crack open a few (hopefully) good wines? We started with the Deutz, which even though it was just the standard non-vintage Brut, it had a bit of age on it, and it showed (in a good way). We then moved on to the Trefethen Cabernet “Library” (I ranted about a year ago on the concept of “library wines”), which was truly wonderful on its own, but climbed a bit higher when paired with beef. Finally, I grabbed the Girardin Savigny-lès-Beaune, which even though it was showing signs of oxidation, was a wonderful accompaniment to the Epoisses. All three would have been in the running for wine of the week, and it would have been tough to pick just one. Luckily, I did not have to go there since Sunday we popped the 1997 Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé. Whoa. I opened the bottle just as my wife was fielding a call from her family, and I probably should have waited, seeing that it was Mother’s Day, but we all know how I feel about champagne–and this was a vintage champagne. My curiosity was heightened by the fact that the last bottle we had of this wine was a disappointment–not nearly what I had hoped. But this one? Whoa. I was tempted to run off to the basement before my wife got off the phone and tell her that it had been corked, but it was Mother’s Day, so I shared. (Don’t tell her, but each time I filled her glass, I did give her a bit of a short pour….)
What was your Wine of the Week?