Glad you had a good bottle of the 1986 Leoville-Lascases Dan, possibly the greatest wine this estate ever produced. I was less lucky because the bottle of 1996 Leoville-Lascases I opened last night was corked, not horribly so, but the wine continued to deteriorate. Unprepared for such a calamity I reached for a bottle of 2016 Pauillac, aka the fourth wine of Chateau Latour (young vines no doubt, 13.5% ABV) which was excellent. It had plenty of exuberant fruit but perfect balance, and while young it is drinking well already. I bought a couple from TWS recently, might be worth grabbing a few more. The Chablis was a 2018 Louis Michel 1er Cru Butteaux Vieilles Vignes, from Fortnums, which was outstanding in the 2016 vintage. One of my favourite Chablis producers sadly this is too sweet and too ripe, like pretty much everything I have tried from the 2018 vintage.Leoville-Las Cases 1986. Saturated mid-crimson colour, no bricking. To look at, I would have guessed it was at least 20 years younger. Sumptuous crushed fruits and pencil nose. To taste, there is an undeniable burly tannic thwack up front which tells you to pay attention. What follows is magnificent: all the classical flavour elements of mature claret in complete harmony. Very long. A thrilling essay in the tension between gentleness and power. A clear 100 pointer for me and perhaps even now still a little way off its plateau.
Earlier in the week, we enjoyed:
Morgon Cote du Py 2014, J-M Burgaud. 6 months ago I thought this was just beginning to emerge from a protracted surly spell. It has now pinotted charmingly. Lovely fine mature Morgon
Chateau de Beaulieu, Cotes du Marmandais 2010. Appetising, gouleyant right bank-a-like which TWS were selling for pennies a couple of years. One of the best 'values' I have ever come across.
Ive opened a 2006 clos floridene tonight.... the case has been hit and miss.... this one is definitely on the sherried side of maturity... not unpleasant as it’s rich and nutty, but I prefer the less oxidised ones I’ve openedI’ve been opening a fair number of white burgundies recently (though not all of them have made it to the table) so today I thought I’d go for a Bordeaux- Clos Floridene blanc 2016. Green apples, gooseberry, yellow stone fruit; a bit of richness on the palate, gentle acidity, good length. Probably a good few years left, but just what I fancied for tonight.
That's a shame, in a way. It's a lovely wine but not at all a grand one; the Voillot may well have delivered more.Opened as a late replacement for a Fourrier villages Gevrey, as the expectation from the latter was just too high for a family dinner with young kids
There’s definite holding of bottles up to the light to pick the less dark ones! They were from a Bacchus auction last summer, and the ones that have been singing definitely made it a worthwhile puntEd I picked up some 2010 Clos Floridenes at auction last year. They were delicious but like Roger Clark in his Ford Escort right on the ragged edge, and were not made for long ageing, so I raced through them.
1998 Château Lafon-Rochet - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe (05/02/2021)
13%abv. Proper and classic left bank claret. Good to go from the start after decanting for sediment. This really sang from the glass and evolved over 4-5 hours to the end of the bottle. Notes of earth, undergrowth, cigar, mahogany, dusty libraries, red fruit, spice, pencil shavings all emerged over time. Great presence but light in the mouth and some creaminess of texture. Some welcome charm too (unlike many Bdx). Great value. (93 pts.)
What do you think of the Pavelots?Well...I've been eyeing them up for a while, the Voillot has been lying between a Chevillon Nuits '05 and a Pavelot Dominodes '10... I regret not buying more than singletons in earlier life but there is always, as has oft been said here, more wine. I just didn't want to open 80 quids worth of wine whilst bickering with a 7 year old tonight! Plus, Anne liked it too, which is a plus as I've found much of my burgundy drinking to be solitary recently...
Glad to hear this is still going strong!Last night we had a rather delicious Gressingham guinea fowl. We had it with an equally delicious wine: Torii Mor La Cuillere Members Reserve Pinot Noir 2007 from Oregon. This was in a great place - nicely mature with good tertiary development. If I'd tasted it blind, I'd probably have guessed it was a decent village Gevrey Chambertin of similar age. It was my first experience with this producer - a recent purchase from occasional forumite Paul Armstrong's Wine Trove business (no connection) and good value at £35.