4 Burgs and a German

1990 Wegeler-Deinhard Geisenheimer Rothenberg Riesling Auslese: Aromas of toast, butter and honey. In the mouth it is sweet and round with enticing candied lime fruit flavours and a big whip of minerally acidity.

1983 Chapuis Corton-Charlemagne: It is developed on the nose with notes of white mushroom, toast, honey and marmalade. It still has decent richness in the mouth and is quite buttery with some pulpy, lemon like fruit flavours. It is drying out just a little on the back end and the acidity has all but folded into the wine but it still has a sense of energy and is a delicious drink.

2004 Billaud-Simon Chablis Vaudesir: Supremely youthful with all its fresh lemon and mineral attributes. There’s just a suggestion of gooseberry or something tropical but in the main it’s all oyster shell and citrus. It has good shape, a rapier spine and is long and extremely precise…terrific stuff!

2003 Bouchard Baby Jesus: The 03 ‘Baby Jesus’ is not a good wine, in fact it may lead to the most devout Christian to question their faith as surely god could not allow such a wine from such hallowed ground to be released. It is all sweet, jammy fruits up front, a hollow vacuum for a mid palate and gritty tannins to finish. There’s also quite a bit of stinky sulphide.

2001 Meo-Camuzet Nuits-St-Georges ‘Boudots’: Took an eternity to open up but is a very smart wine in need of plenty of cellar time. There a lot of wood (quite a big whiff of camphor upon opening) that is commensurate with the level of dense, sweet and sappy fruit. It has some quite engaging lighter fruit notes but morphs into darker territory with air as liquorice, aniseed and blood plum come to the fore. There’s a strong and direct mineral spine on which fruit flavours are shrink wrapped tightly against and I will be leaving remaining bottles for at least 5 more years.


Wow on the '83 Chapuis…a rare wine and a good CC vintage…

I had a '90 Pierre Bitouzet CC that was singing last night…and I thought that that was old!

Stuart, you’re spot on about 83 CCs-- great vintage for the CCs. I’ve never had the 83 Chapuis, but my last bottle of 83 Bonneau du Martray CC that I had a year ago was fabulous, and would have continued to drink well for years if I’d been smart enough to save some bottles.