more reds

Clos des Lambrays 2001Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 2000 Ghislaine BarthodVosne-Romanee Les Beau Monts 2001 Leroy
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? 🙂

Iberico pork

can there (ever) be too much alcohol

Armand Rousseau Chambertin 1997Leroy Vosne-Romanee Les Genaivrieres 1999
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These are two of my favourite wines during a gathering yesterday afternoon. Admittedly, they are both famous, much sought-after producers in burgundy with a somewhat hefty price tag (on their bottles) to match. I was too lazy to jot down any notes but suffice to say they were both lovely and singing beautifully without any airing at all. The chenin blanc by Olga Raffault was pretty good given its vintage; Frederic Esmonin’s 1993 Griottes-Chambertin surprised a lot of us, and definitely left an impression. There were quite a number of Equipo Navazos sherry on the table too but didn’t manage to snap any pics to show here. My favourite, without a doubt, is still their Palo Cortado, which is currently La Bota #34. The Manzanilla Pasada, if I may add, is bloody excellent!

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.