A good friend came over tonight for dinner. The menu consisted of a delicious classic lemon roasted chicken with rosemary croutons and sauteed brussel sprouts with lardons and parmesan. After a nice bottle of 99 Chauvet Special Club bubbles, we thought since Cameron seems to have a lot of followers on the board, it might be interesting to see how 87 Cameron Reserve would compare to a burgundy with some serious age on it. We chose 81 Phillipe Le Clerc Gevrey Chambertin ‘Combe aux Moines’, realizing that the vintage was suspect, but hoped for the best. We also, at the last minute decided to throw in 85 Adelsheim. Notes as follows:
1987 Cameron Reserve Pinot Noir - Dark core with some browning on the rim. Initially, very pronounced reduction smells of burnt rubber. With some air, this eventually dissipated, with some fruit still showing, but there was still some ‘hairspray’ elements remaining. To me, the nose was acceptable, but to my wife…not so good. I smelled no brett. The wine is obviously past its prime, lacking in the mid palate and starting to dry out with moderate acid on the finish. Drinkable, but certainly not great. 87 pts.
1985 Adelsheim Pinot Noir - Nice dark color with nice earthy secondary notes on the nose Considerable more depth than the Cameron with more fruit still present, in spite of being a couple of years older. Moderate acid on the back end. A nice wine, also on the decline, but an enjoyable drink. 89 pts
1981 Phillipe Le Clerc Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Combe aux Moines - Now we are talking! Totally unexpected and quite a surprise. Medium dark color. Initial burgundy earthy funk on the nose that then developed into beautiful notes of asian spice, cloves and nutmeg. A great mouthfeel of silk and velvet with a sweet finish that lingered. What balance…a lovely wine. 93 pts.
It certainly was an interesting comparison. Certainly a ‘no contest’ tonight, but perhaps on another night with different wines, another Oregon pinot might have blown the socks off some other burgundy…not tonight however. As burgundy lovers know, when burgundy hits, there is nothing like it…I guess that is why we spend these crazy prices to cellar these wines…to be able to experience the pleasures that this wine gave us tonight.