The last flight of reds to go with our mains, and I struggled (big time) to identify the wines.
1. Clos des Lambrays 2001 Domaines des Lambrays
Rose petals, violet, indian incense; dark ripe cherries, elegant, smooth, tasty, good tannin structure; medium to medium-plus acid; medium-plus to long finish.
2. Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 2000 Ghislaine Barthod
Bretty (which faded eventually), somewhat muted fruit nose; mocha, bright bing cherries; medium to medium-plus acid; long finish.
3. Vosne-Romanee Les Beaumonts 2001 Maison Leroy
Ripe cherries, dried rose petals, dried hawthorn, rosella; ripe dark cherries, spices, cedar, brooding, tannic grip; medium to medium-plus acid + finish. Concentrated wine.
My initial impression was that the first and the third glass were from the same appellation and the second glass was a different beast altogether. As it turned out, they were different appellations but produced in the same vintage. I thought #1 was a Vosne but I was dead wrong. Hahahaa. I should have picked up that dark, brooding profile on Leroy’s Les Beaumonts (since I tasted this just 2-3 months ago!) and made a more educated guess, but I suppose that’s the fun part about tasting something blind – you just gotto be prepared to make a complete fool of yourself. The 2001 Lambrays was dancing, light and dainty on its steps, elegant and graceful. After the first flight of reds which had 2 Clos de Tart, I didn’t think the first glass (the Lambrays, CdT’s neighbour) was anywhere near Morey-St-Denis given the performance last night. But again, I was wrong.
The biggest surprise was Barthod’s Les Cras, one of my favourite producers and most loved wines in Burgundy. I’m ashamed to say that I did not recognize it at all. *MT bumping his head on the wall* I found the wine to be tight and closed, and quite ordinary, unlike its usual deadly seductive self.
I wolfed down the mains of iberico pork below after sampling all the wines. The ones on my plate were tender, moist and succulent but I’m afraid there was no consistency here as some other fellow diners were complaining about the chewy, dry and overcooked pork meat. I guess better stick to seafood next time? 🙂