Last evening just wasn’t our night. A great planked salmon on my new Big Green Egg necessitated something special. A 2005 Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne out of a .375 fit the bill. Uh-oh, the color looks dark; my 15 year old daughter says it looks like apple cider, and gives an “Eww” smelling it from across the table. Truly the most horrifically oxidized white burg I’ve ever had (my last bottle in December from the same source was fantastic!).
Unplanned backup #1: I went to old faithful; a 2008 Huet Le Haut Lieu Sec, also from a .375. I’ve never had a premoxed Huet, but this had more bruised apple than citrus scents, and was also darker than expected. I corked it and put it in the refrigerator, refusing to believe it’s oxidized. I’ll check on it again tonight or tomorrow.
Unplanned backup #2: 2009 Marie Courtin Champagne Resonance Extra Brut, again from a .375 (it is a work night, after all!). Ahhh, that’s more like it. Very crisp, dry and incredibly minerally. Pinot fruit was slightly ripe but elegant; the night is saved!
A deep cellar means we’ll never have to suffer a bad bottle (for long).