BURGS UNDER $100 - (31/8/2021)
Back at Famous Treasure for their half price menu, and had a Burg night where we swapped wines with another table with the help of the kind restaurant staff.
Flight 1: Our wines
2014 Domaine Lamy-Pillot Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Créot - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru
Made in an expansive style, similar to the Combes I tried before but this was a little warmer and riper. A little reductive at the start but opened up to show lovely citrus fruits, good drive and tension to the wine. Became a little too oxidative with air which was why the other table did not like it so much I think.
2019 Domaine Francois et Antoine Jobard Bourgogne Blanc - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc
Very ripe nose, maybe overly so, to the extent that I might not have guessed this as a Chardonnay actually. So open-knit with exotic fruits that I could not quite believe that it was a Jobard. A lack of intensity to the fruit even for the level though unfortunately.
2008 Pierre Bourée Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Clos de la Justice - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
Correctly guessed this as a Gevrey 08 with the acidity of vintage and the weight / meatiness from the village. Very complex and floral nose accompanied by a little earth. Showing some secondary character in terms of sous bois, became lighter and had more candied red fruit over time that I didn’t like so much.
2017 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Talmettes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru
Lovely archetypal Burg. Guessed 17 as it was a young, yet charming wine. New style of Burgundy with gentler extraction focusing on freshness. Pure fruit of red cherries, great depth already.
2016 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Les Griottes de Brulhié - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côte de Brouilly
Leftovers from previous night, brought as an extra bottle. Some brett going on the nose that dissipated by the second day. Dark fruited and deep structure, fruit was cleaner and more expressive on second day. Others enjoyed this more than I did I think, but this was a great value buy.
2016 Domaine Francois Lamarche Bourgogne - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
Another disappointing Bourgogne. A couple of friends took a punt on this as it was going for $31 but on this showing not even worth that. Nose was acceptable but a little candied. The palate was very hollow though with some tea-like tannins, and the finish was curiously short and abrupt.
Flight 2: The other table’s wines
2014 Jules Bonnet Champagne Rosé des Noirs - France, Champagne
Easygoing champagne, but the bubbles are a little front-loaded leaving the finish a little short if that makes sense.
2016 Bruno Lorenzon Mercurey 1er Cru Champs Martin Blanc - France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Mercurey 1er Cru
Liked this a lot more than the red I tried previously. Little understated at first but opened up to show excellent balance and minerality of fruit. All the components are there, fantastic potential just rather restrained at the moment.
2004 Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux-Hudelot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs-Gain - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
Think this was better when first opened as the other table liked it more. Nutty, oxidative and not very Chardonnay-like, had a strange artificial note to it that I didn’t like.
2019 Domaine Francois et Antoine Jobard Bourgogne - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
More Bojo-like than the Thivin funnily enough, made in an early drinking style but rather unbalanced in terms of excessive alcohol and overripe fruit.
2009 Jean-Claude Boisset Chambolle-Musigny - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny
Heavy-handed winemaking. Dark fruits and vanilla on the nose. Oak is excessive and tannins quite unrefined, all the components still yet to be integrated.
2012 Philippe Gavignet Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaboeufs - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
Unanimous WOTN I think. All the makings of a lovely Burgundy - complex nose, great structure and depth of fruit. Very classic and earthy, drinking very well now.