France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
Tasted double blind alongside Jadot 2002 Chevalier-Montrachet les Demoiselles, but these were so obviously white Burgundy. Aromas of ripe white stone fruit that is completely dominated by incredible floral aromatics, with really lovely mint and freshly cut grass. Palate was more dense, focusing on ripe peach and apricot that seemed subdued and elegant to start, but picked up intensity toward the long finish.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
Tasted double blind alongside Marc Colin 2002 Montrachet, but these were so obviously white Burgundy. Ripe lush fruit from the start on the nose with incredible spice and density. Same fruit profile continues on to the palate with incredibly alluring, slutty spice and concentration. Long spicy finish.
Tasted double blind alongside Grange 1985. Muted black fruit on nose with simple spice profile, then much the same on palate with lots of funky mushroom character. Very tannic from middle through finish. Very hard to identify as Northern Rhone.
Tasted double blind alongside Jaboulet 1982 Hermitage la Chapelle. Spicy and dense on nose, with telltale eucalyptus. Same dense fruit on palate also with great spice, also incredible balance. Rich and fruit driven finish.
Tasted double blind alongside Grange 1982. Nose was mostly leather and horse-like, so I should have been able to identify this wine from those telltale signs. Fruit was somewhat lean and angular to me. I wasn't a fan of this, but I'm not often a fan of Jaboulet la Chapelle. Others liked this far more than I did.
Tasted double blind alongside Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde. Dense and spicy fruit from first aromas through finish. Really amazingly vibrant and energetic for its age. For the most part, this showed great Northern Rhone character, but with just a trace of heat on finish.
Tasted double blind alongside Henschke 1978 Hill of Grace. Popped and poured as a replacement for the dead bottle of Chapoutier 1978 Hermitage la Sizeranne. Sensational spice on the nose, with big lush fruit that continued seamlessly on to the palate.Great texture and lots of dimension to this. Even better than another recent bottle from same cellar.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
Tasted double blind. Spicy and floral on the nose with charming remnants of red fruit behind lots of forest floor. Good overall flavors and textures on palate, a bit too much acid protruding on the finish. While I enjoyed this greatly, I sadly couldn't identify it as Burgundy. Oops.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Open one hour before serving. Black fruit and cooked mushrooms on nose. Same flavors of black cherry and blackberry come through on palate with austere, meaty spice, balanced with modest sous bois (given its age). Lots of tannins and acidity that I found to really be balanced now without any concern for falling apart or deteriorating. Not super complicated or nuanced but still showing really good fruit, particularly for a 1986.
Tasted blind. Big dense and tannic. Didn't show particularly "Volnay" to me, not showing really interesting spice. I'm not sure the vintage was generally as successful in Volnay vs. Cote de Nuits based on my limited experience with 1988 Volnay in the past few years.
Tasted double blind. incredibly impressive. Obviously Pinot Noir, not only did I think it was from Burgundy, but its density and meaty character took me right to Gevrey-Chambertin, thinking perhaps a top 2001 1er, perhaps Fourrier. Oops. This is the 2nd or 3rd time Chris has tried to fool me with this wine, and this time he really succeeded.