What are we drinking weekend 26th - 28th Feb

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.
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.


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I've opened a Le Grappin Saint Aubin En L'Ebaupin 2014 tonight. I have to say that this is a very fine wine for a straight village wine. Modern in shape and style, but so pure and detailed. White flowers, lime blossom, and a touch of pear and ginger on the nose. Just a bit of evolution on the palate. Very pure, very good length but it does attenuate towards the finish. Mr Nielsen does make lovely wines.

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I’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.
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 opened
 
Sun's out; Occhipinti SP68 Rosso 2019 IGT 12.5% seems to fit the bill nicely. Frappato/Nero d'Avola blend and what a delight this is. Wild berry fruits, aniseed, liquorice notes. Light in the mouth but certainly not light on flavour; fresh yet savoury/spicy. Not the most complex wine but so enjoyable to drink. Frappato as a variety always reminds me a little of good Pinot Noir.


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Ed 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.
 
Lovely bottle of Voillot Volnay les Fremiets, 2005, with roast chicken this evening. 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... this had a pure spicy raspberry nose on opening, now with some darker cherry tones overlaid with some chalky spice. Light, fresh and silky on the palate, some oak now pushing through (3 hours after opening and finishing up on the sofa after a fraught kids bedtime) but I came to this with no real expectation or experience. For a 30 quid outlay maybe 8 or 9 years ago, this has been well worth the wait and I'm happy to have one more. IMG-20210228-WA0004.jpeg20210228_181848.jpgIMG-20210228-WA0011.jpeg
 
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...
 
Ed 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.
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 punt
 
Some older burgundy today - 1987 Nicole et Jean-Marie Capron-Manieux Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Peuillets; not a producer I have any experience of, and even CellarTracker has no real info. Quite light in colour, a bit of orange at the rim but still hanging on; maturity showing on the nose, no real fruit detectable; still quite vibrant on the palate, with real length of finish; overall, just a lovely drink. This was part of a parcel that appeared a number of years ago in Berry's Basingstoke, and it still has the label on saying I paid £11.25. There was even a bottle of Rene Engel Villages there, at not much more; I did buy it - and would have bought more if there had been any...
 
Sunday Roast. This time spicy BBQ ribs.
Paired with Mee Godard Beaujolais Village 2019.
Youthful and floral. Reminds of Fleury, but lacks the density of Cru. So fluid and pleasing. 14% Vol. is well integrated, and doesn't bother at all. I really enjoyed how this wine was showing today.

Belgian beer was for the warm up round ))

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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.)
 
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.
 
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.)

I have a friend who has been dipping his toe into the finer world of wine....

He recently had an epiphany moment with a bottle of Lafon Rochet '09 I recommended off a list for a lunch that lit the blue touch paper proper.

I call myself a friend but he might not feel the same in about 5 expensive years time!
 
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...
What do you think of the Pavelots?
 
Bought a long time ago now, when the producer was largely unknown, and one of my last bottles, Allemand Reynard 2000 tonight to celebrate Monday!
A super bottle, with real depth and character, it is full of sunshine, herbs, tapenade and loveliness. I’m really pleased for Thierry that he has earned the respect he now has - but what a shame these bottles are priced such that for most wine lovers they’re now prohibitively expensive to buy!
 
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.
Glad to hear this is still going strong!
 
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