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:
2004 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot: Retail $65. 100% Chardonnay. Oxidized. Ugh.
2001 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant: Retail $105. 100% Chenin Blanc. This was my third bottle of this, but the first in some time, and I have to say, this is just downright strange, and I feel like I am in some sort of perverse Goldilocks scenario. The first bottle I decanted for most of the day and it was, well, not good. The second bottle I popped and poured and it was interesting and good. This bottle? I popped and poured and it had an odd lanolin aroma, considerable color, and not any fruit. At all. I was drinking with another wine geek buddy and we kind of laughed it off as Joly being Joly. I put half of the bottle in the fridge and tried again on day two. MUCH darker, a deep amber. The lanolin was gone and replaced with a more characteristic sherry note. On the palate a different story as well with some dried apricot and a powerful oxidized note. I preferred day two by a lot, but I am still utterly perplexed by this wine. Not Rated.
2003 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru en Remilly: Retail $50. 100% Chardonnay. After the other Burg that was oxidized, I was worried as this was certainly golden. On the nose a bit of vanilla, lemon, and a tiny bit of oak. On the palate? Full whoa. Balanced fruit, honey, verve. All there. Fantastic. Outstanding. 91-93 Points.
2014 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé: Retail $25. Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Rolle. I popped this after my beloved Buckeyes beat the snot out of the Wolverines yet again, so I am finding it a bit tough to be objective here as motor oil would taste pretty sweet right now. Then I remember the owners of this winery and I come back down a bit. Once again, I try to find fault with the wine, but there really aren’t any. Nice fruit, impeccable balance, and a really memorable finish. If anything, tonight, I am evaluating this a bit more harshly than I should since it is really damned good. Outstanding. Outstanding. 90-92 Points.
2000 Pommery Champagne Cuvée Louise Brut Rosé: Retail $125. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. A slight sigh on opening leading to a really pale pink, almost golden hue. It give the impression of an older Champers (which it is) more than a rosé. On the nose. Whoa. Toasty and biscuity with some almond and just a bit of red berry fruit. Past the lips? Another whoa. Maybe two. Only a slight sparkle but loads of flavor. I was worried that this might not be doing well, but no need to worry. At all. Outstanding. 93-95 Points.
WINE of the WEEK: I know that every week, I say that I have a tough time trying to determine which wine should be the Wine of the Week, and each time I mean it. This week, however, not only is it tough to choose the WotW, but for the first time (at least the first time in a long time), every wine on the consumption list has a legitimate shot at the title (yes, even the oxidized ’04 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne–OK, all but that one). First, there was the ‘03 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru en Remilly, which followed on the heels of the ill-fated Blain-Gagnard (these days, due to all the premature oxidation I have had with white Burgundy, I always chill two when people are coming over and pray that one of them will be OK), as it restored my faith (if ever so slightly) in how great old white Burgundy can be. As I mentioned in the note, I really try to hate the Château Miraval Rosé, but there is no way I can since it is one of the best rosés on the market, particularly in its price range. Then there is the ‘00 Pommery Cuvée Louise Rosé, which is a special bottle of wine by any measure. This is the type of champagne that is right in my wheelhouse that I would drink every day, forsaking all others, if I were the type that could afford to run for President. In the end, though, I opted for the 2001 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant. Why? That is a fairly good question. If you have not had Savennières, well you should, and if you want to double up, go for some Clos de la Coulée de Serrant. While not all would agree that this is the top parcel of land in the region (and fewer would agree that Nicolas Joly is the top producer), almost all would agree that the wine is legendary, as grapes were first planted there in 1130. Yeah, that was eleven thirty, as in almost a thousand years ago.
What was your Wine of the Week?