Short notice dinner planned less than 24 hours before. Drove 60 miles deep into the Orange Curtain in the center of Newportitis. More silicone than an Intel plant and more tanned leather skin than a fine Italian shoe factory. Many wild Cougars on the hunt. But the table next to us, the man just proposed to his new fiancee and all was well. Also good catching up with Mr. Curry and Mr. Nordoff
On to the wines!
1997 Jean-Jacques Confuron Romanée St. Vivant - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru (6/12/2013)
This wine really developed with time. Two hours in, it had this beautiful floral nose mixed in with meat, mushrooms, and dark red fruit. The palate was in great balance, full of sweet red berry fruit and cooling acidity. Had the complexity on it that you could only get when you hit the sweet spot of secondary characteristics/primary fruit mixed in together as the texture is rustic but silky. There was this savory finish that mixed in perfectly with that wonderful fruit. I’m sure you can hold this wine for longer but boy is it drinking well now.
2002 Henri Boillot Bâtard-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (6/12/2013)
To me I thought the bottle was a little off/oxidized. It rang a bit hollow on the mid palate. Had that core sweetness and citrus concentration that you have in Boillot Batard but none of that big punch you in the face power to follow it up. Picked up some acidity as the night wore on with a touch more apple and lemon zest but nothing like the prior bottles I’ve had.
2008 Maison Patrice Rion Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru (6/12/2013)
Sharp contrast to the 06 berthau I had last week. While the Berthau was floral and elegant, the Rion was big and masculine. On the nose initially it threw off a deep dark fruit with chocolate, as the nose developed an earthier component came in to tone down the sweetness of the nose. On the palate it was heavy and dense with sweet dark fruit and an almost rustic nature on the finish with dusty tannins. The palate had a burliness to it, wasn’t expecting it at all when I saw Amoureuses. It was still tasty, but it’s definitely a big wine.
2010 Domaine Dujac Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru (6/12/2013)
Killing babies in the name of science. Wonderful vosne nose, with spice and bright red fruit that just developed and expanded over time. Deeply focused cool fruit on the palate right now with tons of concentration on the attack. A bit high in acid right now (obviously) as everything is really bright and high toned. Hard to keep your hands off a wine when it tastes so good right now.