Another round of wine tasting and pig out session at AAK again! There were two Chablis Le Clos Grand Cru 2004 by William Fevre and Christian Moreau in the line up. Both had plenty of minerality, delicate oyster shell notes and even a touch of salinity on the palate by they were overshadowed by the beautifully perfumed 2008 Meursault Genvrieres by Potel (Maison Roche de Bellene) and remained the only white that immediately left an impression yesterday afternoon. I should have bought some when I had the chance. Damnit.
The purity, and what I would say is quintessentially a true expression of the Pinot Noir varietal were found on Potel’s Gevrey-Chambertin Poissenot. Still a baby, but very promising. If you like an explosion of primary fruit flavours in your glass of wine, crack this open within a year or two. Otherwise I would cellar them for 10-15 years.
My favourite reds for the afternoon were Sylvain Cathiard’s Vosne Romanee 1er Cru En Orveaux and Nicolas Potel’s Romanee St-Vivant Grand Cru 2000. In a span of 7 days, I have tasted Cathiard’s En Orveaux, Les Malconsorts and Les Suchots from the 1999 vintage. All of them were exceptionally good but the En Orveaux was, by far, the most feminine and seductive of them all.
Potel’s Romanee St-Vivant was also showing well despite the presence of Brett on the nose – it was just a subtle touch but some people may find it hard to accept. Good density and weight on the palate with layers of black fruit profile in the background. Some aeration will help this wine to shine. Ripe and smooth texture. I’m now trying to resist the temptation to grab a few bottles!