Truffle Rice with 10 vs 14 Roulot MP, 95 Krug Mesnil, 76 Clape, 78 Rousseau CSj

Summer is here and there are few places in town doing better Japanese cuisine with summer truffle rice than Shunji in LA. Come back in November and he will blanket the rice with Alba and Perigord truffles for a bi colore truffle rice that begs for Burgundy.

The much anticipated showdown between 2010 vs 2014 Roulot Meursault Perrieres ended up like the GSW vs Cavs series with the 2014 overwhelming the 2010 in the battle of two vintage of the century white burgundies within the last 4 years. The 2014 just overwhelmed the 2010 with its precision and perfect balance.

The 78 Rousseau CSJ was a heart breaker and DOA. A double decant and 3 hours could not save it. Can’t win them all.

The 1976 Clape Cornas was quite pleasant but it was the 1995 Krug Mesnil that saved the day.

  • 2014 Domaine Roulot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru (6/9/2017)
    I usually don’t score wines but this is a solid 100. The linearity and precision just overwhelmed the 2010 tonight. It is in a perfect spot right now. Which ironically is it’s only fault. I don’t know how this will age but right now it is white burg perfection. (100 pts.)

2010 Domaine Roulot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru (6/9/2017)
Wow. What a change since release. This is now rich, ripe, and honeyed. Not premoxed because there is still plenty of acidity. But in the battle of vintage of the decade between 2014 and 2010 Roulot Perrieres, the 2014 showed who was boss tonight:

1976 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas (6/9/2017)
Opened and double decanted when the 1978 Rousseau CSJ became suspect. This wine had a perfect fill. The color was still violet. The nose was all leather and smoke. No bacon but still wonderful. On the palate the wine was quite fine on the fore and mid palate but faded on the finish. A wonderful wine in fine condition but I’ll take Verset over this all day any day and twice on Sundays.

1978 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru (6/9/2017)
Imported from London. Ullage was 4.5 cm. This was double decanted 2 hours prior. The color was a concerning brown and notes of maderized wine was detected on the cork and wine. Initially very sour, thin, and astringent. By dinner 2 hours later, this picked up a little sweetness. Drinkable but DOA. Sometimes a dead wine is dead no matter how much air or double decant you give it.

1995 Krug Champagne Clos du Mesnil - France, Champagne (6/9/2017)
When the wine gods kick you in the groin with a maderized 1978 Rousseau CSJ, it’s nice to have a Gaurav in your back pocket who saves the day with a 1995 Krug Mesnil. The honey, acidity, and oxidative Krug profile is in perfect balance. I think this has peaked and that we are experiencing one of those rare moments where you catch a wine at apogee. Drink up if you have them. Perfection right now.

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Interesting to see a 2014 beating a 2010… Two of my favorite white Burgundy vintages and looks like 2014 is shaping up very well!!

Wow! Shame about the CSJ. Interesting view on the 10 vs 14 Roulot. Would not have expected the '10 to be such a “slouch”.

It’s going to come down to a preference in style. 10 is starting so show some of that botrytis character which honestly I did not detect early on. The few 14s that I have had are so pure and linear. My personal preference is for the 14 now but I still have plenty of 10.

geez, haven’t seen botrytis in '10. Interesting. I do love '14 in general, esp Chablis.

That is a lot of uni.

Hokkaido Uni at that.

So good we ended with an uni hand roll tempered by a healthy swath of chu toro.

That 14 Dauvissat Clos is perhaps my favorite Dauvissat ever.

I’m saving my last bottle of 10 Roulot MP for the premox dinnner next year…assuming I reply in time to gain a spot.