1966 Maison Naudin Pere & Fils Charmes-Chambertin - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (8/17/2009)
We took this with us for dinner at a local bistro. The waiter managed to extract most of the cork with a standard corkscrew, although the very bottom disintegrated and left us a few chunks to fish out of our first glass. First pour: clear, gold-tinged mahogany. The nose: earthy butterscotch. The palate: very little fruit, but lots of nice bottle sweetness, with savory soy/hoisin flavors, and an unmistakeably velvety pinot texture. Remarkably clear and with only a tiny amount of fine sediment at the very bottom of the bottle.
This is a gracefully aged wine, fading now and probably more compelling 10 years ago, but still very enjoyable. With air, some red fruit emerges. Absolutely splendid paired with steak frites and bearnaise sauce. We worried that this would fall apart, but on the contrary, it gained structure and interest throughout the evening, and the last swallow was the best.
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