Taste of Burgundy
Excellent tasting of burdundy wines, thank you Peter Rowe for guiding us through the evening so skilfully (no broken legs – just a few sore heads in the morning). And Tony Bell, as always, thanks for your great effort in the kitchen. Indeed thanks everyone for coming. My favourite wine of the evening was the first in the garden: Macon-Villages Chardonnay Domaine Perraud 2010 – superb ray of sunshine to kick of the evening. The crab tart was a great way to start the meal, though for me the excellent Chablis would have been better with oysters (I know, I know, we`re out of season). My favourite food combination was the pate board with the amazing value Brouilly – actually not Tony`s – Seasonal Suffolk Pates by Carl Shillingford, a new range available from our fridges in the shop – local, seasonal, excellent. But Tony`s Coq au Vin with its intense mushroom sauce was amazing with the Gevrey-Chambertin. We really must print Tony`s recipes… we keep getting asked Tony!!!!
Macon-Villages Chardonnay Domaine Perraud 2010 “sunshine in a glass”, 13.99
Good Domaine Macon tastes like this – white flowers, stone fruits, citrus acidity. Not quite Meursault but enough sunshine in the glass you know it`s burgundy right away and you want a second glass!
Chablis `St Martin` Domaine Laroche 2010, “pebbles in a glass” £16.99
Chablis is nearer to Champagne than Cote d`Or! Its style is pure “pebbles in a glass”, a quality which marries so well with the saline, mineral taste of oysters. Its edgy acidity also slices nicely through smoked fish. This is proper `domaine` Chablis and we love it!
Rully, Jean-Claude Boisset 2008, “yellow plum”, £19.99
Rully is in the northern commune of the Cote Chalonnaise, south of Cote de Beaune, north of Maconnais” We have been selling this wine successfully for ten years. The 2008 is excellent – typical yellow plum with floral, butter, lemon and honey notes.
Meursault “Les Narvaux” 2009 Moret-Nomine, “Devonshire cream” £43.99
Delicious, creamy Meursault, from Cote de Beaune. This is text book, a stylish, powerful Meursault which is pure of fruit, a display of white peach and citrus fruits, yet rich and buttery. Still young, this wine is full of promise, yet even now a fine match with oily flavourful fish.
Puligny-Montrachet, Francois Carillon 2009 “oh boy” [in Magnum] £90.00
A show stopping Puligny-Montrachet, from further south in Beaune than Meursault, stylistically more bracing. Terrific purity, aromas of citrus fruits and white flowers, on the palate a certain “gout du terroir”, infused with minerals, a note of vanilla and a gorgeous lick of fresh butter, finishing in a steely embrace.
Brouilly 2010, Chateau de Pieurreux “bursting with red fruits”, £13.99
Easy to forget Beaujolais is in Burgundy, but the Gamay grape can be just as rewarding as Pinot, as this fine example shows. Light and fruity, yet with a certain intensity and floral character, mostly violet, which gives it charm. On the palate black and blue fruits, a savoury note – served with meat pate was delicious!
Bourgogne “Les Ursulines” Jean-Claude Boisset 2009 “savoury” [in Magnum] £35.00
A wine from old vines in the Cote de Nuits, excellent value, a superb magnum. It has open upfront red fruits, becoming darker on the palate with a certain savoury character and spice which borders on Gevrey-Chambertin.
Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Dominique Gallois 2009 “meaty”, £36.99
Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the most masculine of reds, also Cote Nuits, a meaty style, still vibrant in its youth, exhibiting first and foremost its dark fruits, with red fruits nonetheless in the mix and a savoury, meaty finish.
Chambolle-Musigny, Jean Claude Boisset 2008, “pure”, £43.99
A pure, pure Pinot Noir, mineral and fragrant, on opening a sour note which troubled us, but after decanting and with food, an intense taste experience. Another Cote Nuits, exuberant mixed black and red fruits, notably cherry and strawberry, with notes of spice and herbs.
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