Restaurant Estelle Bistro - Melbourne
Excellent food and superb service.
Chick pea Panisse
1996 Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne
Amazingly fresh and vibrant. Intense and appealing. Great.
Tasting it blindly almost all pegged it as a 2002 or 2004.
All wines tasted blind- initially on their own and later with food. Group marking done before revealing the wines.
Octopus, tarama, squid ink
1999 Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre
1990 Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre
1992 Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre
1997 Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre
Group rating: 1997 - 1999 - 1990 - 1992
The older wines 1990 and 1992 looked more developed but clearly not premoxed. I loved the nose on the 1990 and 1992 – full of character- more than their body. They still having lots of exciting nuances to make them appealing at this age. The younger wines did steal the show.
Pork jowl & loin, cider & mustard
2006 Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre
2010 Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre
2007 Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre
2005 Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre
2004 Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre
Group rating: 2004-2010-2005-2007-2006
A much better bracket. 2004 was by consensus the wine of the tasting (WOTN). All wines had the Raveneau signature tone. Differences was the subtle variation in vintage character. 2006 looked a bit flabby especially when compared with the 2004 or 2010. 2005 and 2007 were evenly matched.
It was an excellent tasting. No premox. Good to excellent set of wines. All true to the producer house style. All paired well with food.
Then we ended the night with few red Burgundies and a port
Venison, pear & sauce grand veneur
1996 Fourier Griotte-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
2009 Marchand Frères Griotte-Chambertin
2001 Bruno Clavelier Corton Le Rognet
2010 Jadot Griotte-Chambertin
Isle of Mull cheddar, fig & beetroot chutney
1939 Seppelt’s Para Port
Balla with a capital “A”. I’m happy getting onesie-twosies when I can!
I’ve got one more 2002 Montee du Tonnerre in the cellar and will probably open it in the coming year. One tasted a year ago was fantabulous.
My impression, when I bothered to look for at it in the '90s was that it was essentially unavailable in the east…and the only place to buy it was via the Lynch retail store. With the prices and shipping…I felt, well…motivated to decline to buy the stuff.
IMO, Lynch ruined lots of brands by hoarding them for his retail store and starving the rest of the US of their products. Then, when these poor producers would attempt to sell themselves to areas that Lynch didn’t “serve”, ie, he ignored…he would threaten to drop them from his aura…and the producers would have to capitulate. I learned this first hand with some '90 Burgs that the local retailers couldn’t deliver on after Lynch stepped in an coerced the poor producer in Burgundy into dishonoring the orders he sold.
And, as someone pointed out…the prices out of the cellars at many Lynch domaines were in line with everyone else there; it was only once it got into the KL distribution in the US that they became…well…