Weekend Drinking 30/1/2 Sep/Oct

Few nice things. The Jacquesson is very young but totally delicious! There’s lovely richness to it and it went beautifully with some really plump scallops with some Irish chorizo. The Pernot was sublime. Needed to breathe and warm a little to fully express itself but when it did it showed brilliantly. Plenty of power but remains graceful and moreish. Perfect alongside a very decadent seafood linguine. Finished with the 2006 Yarra Yering No1 which never fails to delight. Elegance and power.
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I'm always puzzled by that description when applied to food. Does it mean that the seafood was actually decaying?
Quite the opposite. Couldn’t have been fresher, from the brilliant Veaseys fishmonger in Forest Row. I suppose extravagant or indulgent (the amount my wife bought almost strayed into gluttonous)
 
I’m glad I’m not alone in enjoying Pernot’s Pulignys. I gain the impression that the purists consider them to be rather vulgar but I find them very satisfying and they always impress anyone to whom I serve them.
I love them too but they've had an awful premox record, which I hope has improved. I have had some glorious reds also, though by the time they get into the bottle the majority have been faulty. No recent experience(ie beyond 2010 or so), to be fair.
 
I’m glad I’m not alone in enjoying Pernot’s Pulignys. I gain the impression that the purists consider them to be rather vulgar but I find them very satisfying and they always impress anyone to whom I serve them.
I think there's been a change over the years. Certainly the wines from the 1990s and early 2000s could be called vulgar (albeit enjoyable in a certain way), but the few bottles I've had over recent years have shown some change in style. Additionally, a major house in Beaune that I admire greatly has long been a customer.
 
Of all the wines from Roche de Bellene I have had (usually purchased from TWS) I have never found any of them that interesting, rather generic or poor quality. Maybe bad luck - always happy to be persuaded otherwise.
I had my first from them over the weekend- Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes 2012. May have been closed up (still learning about Burgundy drinking windows etc), but it was lacking something and compared poorly with some other wines from this region that I have tried recently.
 
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  • 2019 Abbott Claim Chardonnay - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills (03/10/2022)
    Pale straw. Initially quite a vibrant, green melon nose that follows though to a slightly exuberant but quite focused new world palate. Clean, green melon, good line and zip. Hmm, good as it is, this isn’t the wine I remembered. However, after an hour, we’re back in business — the melon and new word edge has evaporated and we’re back to classy burgundy in the old-school Leflaive mould — oaty, gently toasted hazelnut, minerality, a faint hint of reductiveness. Just lovely. Needs an hour of air to meld currently, so probably best decanted. ****1/2 (94 pts.)


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  • 2015 Xavier Monnot Maranges 1er Cru Clos de la Fussière - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Maranges 1er Cru (30/09/2022)
    Mid to full ruby. Dark red fruit. Similar on palate, reasonable weight backed up,by density of fruit. Tannins present but pretty resolved. Still quite primary, but the fruit is mellowing and showing hints of strawberry as it lightens a little. Very decent for the money, and indeed in its own right. Top *** (89 pts.)


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  • 2013 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos - Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo (28/09/2022)
    Deep, relatively dense ruby. Dark red, peppery fruit. Mid weight, peppery with some bite. A little flat perhaps. Still plenty of life in it but lacking the spark of a previous bottle seven years ago. Not sure I’ll work up sufficient enthusiasm to finish this off tomorrow. Decent enough, but… *** (88 pts.)
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My three bottles of the Riverby 2013 sauv-semillon have all gone down an absolute storm.

Domaine Piétri-Géraud Collioure Blanc L’Écume 2020: Beautiful pale gold, star anise, stone fruits, marjoram, mint, orange peel and bergamot. Lovely line and acidity. Definite maritime character. We weren’t eating one but I could see it would be a thrilling match for a bourride.

Refosco dal Pendunculo Rosso “Morus Nigra”, Vignai da Duline 2009: If you took a Côte-Rôtie, dialled the bacon back a bit and added some signature Italian morello, you might end up with something like this. I really liked it. Very poised middleweight Italian red, all in balance, some powdery tannins, very long. I did get some Persian toot or perhaps that was suggested by the name. VGI. The white pepper character on top of the fruit went off very nicely with a reimagined steak au poivre (secreto with green peppercorn emulsion).
Dan - I am a huge fan of Vignai da Duline, having been introduced to them through a lockdown tasting with Raeburn fine wines. Wasn't aware of this wine but will look out for it.
Have you tried their merlot? Only served in Magnums and is like real old-school claret, just glorious.
 
Dan - I am a huge fan of Vignai da Duline, having been introduced to them through a lockdown tasting with Raeburn fine wines. Wasn't aware of this wine but will look out for it.
Have you tried their merlot? Only served in Magnums and is like real old-school claret, just glorious.
I think they’re outstanding. I’ve only tried the “local” varietals so far and definitely mean to explore further. Expert sources tell me the chardonnay is quite something as well.
 
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