Fabulous long lunch yesterday with a group of medico mates. For the second time in a week Jadot tops a strong field. I’m going to backfill some older Jadot reds!
2000 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut: Loads of matchstick and toast to the aroma. It has some peach and lemon fruits. It is buttery rich and powerful but has a high degree of finesse and class. It is layered and long, drinking beautifully right now.
1989 Bernard Chouet Meursault Les Narvaux: In a great place. There’s some struck match and white mushroom development. It is ‘old school’ rich and heady Meursault, with ripe peach and custard apple notes. It is buttery rich and finishes with decent mineral cut.
2018 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses : A touch of mineral reduction to the nose. White peach with some candied citrus. There’s saltiness and a silky feel and flavours that persist.
2016 Chanson Père & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses : Full and fruity and all upfront. Has gooseberry/passionfruit aromas and flavours. There’s some lanolin and a touch of something saline. Short and simple next to the two Fevre wines.
2018 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros: some meaty reduction at first. Breathes to show dense and sappy orchard fruits. It is a white of almost red-wine like build, with plenty of chalky structure, It has outstanding length and requires a few more years of cellaring.
1972 Mongeard-Mugneret Vougeot 1er Cru Les Cras : A relatively pale colour. Earthy/loamy aromas along with some honey and truffle. The palate is still fresh, with a line of minerally acidity. There’s savoury nuance and something cool and stony.
2007 Frederic Esmonin Ruchottes-Chambertin, Grand Cru: Slightly green notes of tobacco and sage. There’s cherry fruit and some meatiness. It has some tea leaf tannin like grip and reasonable length.
1997 Louis Jadot Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru: The first smell is spent fireworks. Then pure cherry fruits show up. It is cool and stony and beautifully poised and balanced. The finish is precise and really fans out and length is terrific.
2006 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Le Corton, Grand Cru : It is sweet and vinous with Indian spice. An elegant rendition of Corton, with a silky texture and a gentle flex of chalky muscle to the back-end.
2008 Frédéric Magnien Charmes-Chambertin, Grand Cru : Loads of wood spice to the nose. It has rich cassis, strawberry and cherry fruits. It is tasty but feels just a little forced and extracted.
2008 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques: Just a suggestion of Vitamin B when first poured. It breathes up quickly and is a very good wine in a very good spot. There are rich, tangy berry and cherry fruits. It has a bright line of minerally acidity and subtle savoury nuance. It builds through the palate and is expansive and highly perfumed.
2005 Jean-Claude Boisset Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos des Ormes : Spice infused ripe berry and plum fruits. Fleshy, creamy and layered in the mouth. Nice balance and proportioned. The finish is carried by ripe, sweet tannins.
1986 Château de Fargues, Sauternes: Good aromatic detail with notes of lavender, apricot and lanolin. It is rich and lush, layered and long. The finish is energetic and invites another sip.
1958 Hardys Vintage Port: A wonderfully pure spirit. Complex and generous with some teak, milk chocolate, raisins and Indian spice. Rich and layered, enveloping the mouth with sensual, exotic flavours. The finish is clean and so long. A National treasure.