will be dining with my wife Wednesday in a nice place with a large selection of top wines at fair prices
Have shortlisted some, what would you choose? We will probably only have one bottle and maybe you have had one of the wines before?
Leroy Beaune Sizies 1985 - 180 euro
Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudot 1990 Grivot - 120 euro
Romanée-St Vivant Grand Cru DRC 1988 - 1000 euro
Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru Prieure Roch 1993 - 280 euro
Mission Haut Brion 1978 - 350 euro
Trotanoy 1997 - 140 euro
Le Pin pomerol 1995 - 900 euro
Cheval Blanc 1995 - 400 euro
was probably not thinking about spending in the ~1000 euro range - but both DRC and Pin seams like a deal, but only if they are also great wines…
so, I asked for the Leroy Sizies 1985 - but actually last bottle was gone…
But sommelier advised the Prieure Roch CdV 1993 - and as I had shortlisted it, I went with this one
pure silk, the nose was pure magic, umami and strawberries 100p - the taste was so elegante, first impression very light, but lenght and intensity building up. Just so satisfying and yummy. Final score is 96p.
as an afterdrink we had Trotanoy 1997. Fully mature, with a great balance of fruit and maturity - but not at the level of the CdV. 93p
At first, like everyone,
we managed using what is called…
“la lutte raisonnée”,
or “the reasoned struggle”.
But very quickly we tried to think of
because of its limits,
even if it is a kind of organic farming.
Among other problems
it’s when vineyards
seem to die for no reason,
this along with degenerative diseases,
which became more and more obvious,
even among mature vines.
would become totally disrupted,
and obviously needed treatment…
to try to help remedy the situation,
to be more precise.
All of this meant
we were looking for alternatives.
Others had already begun
to explore alternatives,
although rarely among the grand crus.
A bit but rarely.
As soon as we could we began
using organic farming techniques.
We got into it quickly.
We’ve actually been rather satisfied,
although we had decreases in yields.
Certainly for a few years,
the vineyard tried to understand us…
and we tried
to understand the vineyard,
but quickly enough
things became stable,
without tremendous fluctuations…
meaning we had much lower highs…
but also fairly stable minimums.
Especially in the very old vineyards,
with the over 35 year-old vines…
began to flourish quite well.
No doubt thanks to their root systems,
This meant the behavior of the vines
was expressed more reliably,
was more sustainable.