2006 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Blanc- France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc
Seemed to be a really good bottle. Had a beautiful, flinty and lemon-y nose that while not exotic was pure. Palate was surprisingly crystalline for a 2006 with great purity. A great QPR. (91 pts.)
2010 Éric Texier Côtes du Rhône-Brézème Vieille Serine Domaine de Pergaud- France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône-Brézème
Definitely a different wine than what I tried back in April. More layered, more complex, and deeper. The nose was exotic with dark fruits, some smoke, cured meats, and spices. The magic of this was that even with a big and dense nose, this was an airy and elegant wine. Flowed over my palate with delicate floral notes, smoked meats, plum, and blackberries. Beautiful composition… (92 pts.)
What type of air did the Brezeme see? We had the ‘10 Brezeme in a blind N Rhone 10s tasting at Ross’ last week. I wasn’t particularly a huge fan, but I believe Zach who took the bottle home said it had opened up quite nicely after.
At a dinner with Texier and his current releases, I thought this wine, along with the the 2010 Saint Julien et Saint Alban, showed best out of everything poured. I don’t know exactly how the bottles were treated. The corks may have been pulled in advance, but I don’t think the wines were decanted. Anyway, both wines are going to be long-distance runners, but it is clear to me that on good days (fruit days, maybe?) you will be able to catch glimpses of greatness along the way.