I was in the mood for duck breast last night, and what better to drink with that than Burgundy? Reaching into the cellar, this was the first thing to catch my eye. It had been a long time since I’d opened one, so out came the corkscrew…
-1997 Comtes Georges de Vogue Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru
Very dark upon first splash, it was super tight so I poured it into a bottle-shaped decanter. There it sat while I prepped dinner, for a good 2 hours, but when I finally poured it with the meal it had completely come out of its shell. Very dark cherries and plums, with a hint of somewhat integrated oak, a minerally core, and a luscious mouthfeel. Much more juicy than most Burgs, this really reflected its vintage, but in a good way. The acidity was a tad on the low side, but the fruit wasn’t completely out of whack and made for a very enjoyable pairing with the duck. My real quibble would be that the finish was a tad on the short to medium-length side. But still, it was quite delicious.