Some Memorable Bottles

Meursault-Genevriere 1er Cru 2008 Maison Roche de BelleneRomanee Saint-Vivant 2000 Nicolas Potel
Gevrey Chambertin Poissenot 1er Cru 2008 Maison Roche de Bellene
Vosne Romanee 1er Cru En Orveaux 1999 Sylvain Cathiard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots 1999, Burgundy, France

No tasting notes here. The wine was very fine, balanced, albeit a little muscular. Drinking very well but still capable of aging for a long while. Burgundies in similar class are getting increasingly expensive (no thanks to the far east buyers) and I’m not sure if I would be able to afford this in the future. Many thanks to AAK who shared this bottle with me and R on a lazy Friday afternoon.