Super Tasting 2 of 6; Maciej Does Burgundy

Bosk, Toronto, Canada
Tasted Saturday, January 26, 2013 by alittle with 206 views

Flight 1 - Flight 1 (3 Notes)

  • 1993 Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru

    Uncorked approximately 30 minutes before service, served blind. Garnet in the glass, with a mild brick. Off the bat, this struck me as the oldest wine of the flight. On the nose, red fruits, a touch of stink, beef stock, soy, ginger, pomegranate, baking spice, stems, and with some air, some notes of mushroom, undergrowth a coffee grinds emerge. On the palate, a very luxurious mouthfeel, that finishes a touch dry. Brisk acidity keeps this quite fresh, not belying its age. The finish is moderate, albeit, seeming a touch clipped due to the drying tannin. With time, this faded a bit in the glass.

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  • 1996 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley 93 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru

    Uncorked approximately 30 minutes before service, served blind. Garnet in the glass, with the slightest brick at the rim; seemingly the youngest of the flight. This had very soaring and lifted aromatics on the nose, showing fresh pomegranate, grapefruit, cherry, florals, earth, crushed rocks, spice, with just a touch of undergrowth developing. Not as complex as the first wine of the flight, but a very pure expression of fruit. On the palate, a nice sappy richness to the fruit, with a silky mouthfeel, and mouth puckering acidity on the finish. Tannic structure is still fairly prominent. I would give this 10 years in the cellar, for a bit more upside.

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  • 1999 Faiveley Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

    Uncorked approximately 30 minutes before service, served blind. Garnet in the glass, with hardly any brick, seemingly contradicting the nose, which had what seemed like a touch of oxidation out of the gate. Over time, this seemed to settle down a bit, giving way to aromas of dried strawberries, twizzlers, earth, decaying leaves and spice. On the palate, not getting any oxidative notes, with some red fruit, tea leaves, and spice rounding out the moderate finish. Mouthfeel has fairly rich, with some moderate tannin and acidity. To me this was in a bit of a weird spot and rather puzzling, but still a pleasure to drink.

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Flight 2 - Flight 2 (4 Notes)

  • 1996 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Chambolle-Musigny 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny

    Uncorked approximately 30 minutes before service, served blind. Garnet in the glass, with a mild brick. On the nose, this was the darkest in fruit profile so far, showing some dark cherry, a touch of seaweed, florals, earth, spice, undergrowth, crushed rocks, pickled ginger, and a touch of brown sugar with time. On the palate, nice red fruits, earth, baking spice and dried tea leaves. Structurally, showing moderate tannin and acidity, with a medium length finish.

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  • 1998 Faiveley Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale Flawed

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru

    Uncorked approximately 30 minutes before service, served blind. Garnet in the glass, with a moderate brick. On the nose, this almost mirrors how the third wine of the first flight started, in that it is seemingly a touch oxidized. Lightly bruised apple, dried red fruits, spice, decaying leaves and earth are the predominant aromas. On the palate, this is a a touch astringent, with tastes of dried fruit, mineral, tea leaves and a bit of baking spice. The finish has a metallic note and is a bit clipped with some harsh tannin and aforementioned astringency. This was not particularly pleasing and the table opted not to drink this. Either this was not a representative bottle, or it should have been consumed 5 years ago.

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  • 1996 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux 95 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard 1er Cru

    Uncorked approximately 30 minutes before service, served blind. Deep garnet in the glass, with a slight brick. My glass appears a bit murky. On the nose, deep black cherry, seaweed/sea air, earth, crushed rocks, iodine, leather, baking spice, and a touch of mint. On the palate, this shows a nice richness, perhaps pushing the boundaries a bit, but still immensely enjoyable. While this shows some age, there are still some moderate tannin, complimented by balanced acidity. The finish is moderate and characterized by red and black cherry, earth, mineral and dried herb. Overall, this is fairly muscular, but still maintains a certain level of restraint and elegance.

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  • 2000 Faiveley Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

    Uncorked approximately 30 minutes before service, served blind. Deep ruby in the glass, with a mild brick. On the nose, a very predominant mineral component, complimented by the typical red fruit, earth and spice notes, rounded out by some gorgeous florals, grated ginger, undergrowth and a touch of iodine. On the palate, good concentration, with a svelte texture. This is really fresh, with nice tart acidity, finishing quite dry. This seems a touch unbalanced at the moment, so I'd stick it in the cellar and hope for a bit of upside. Overall, a wonderful nose, but falls short on the palate.

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Flight 3 - Flight 3 (3 Notes)

  • 2002 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley 93 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru

    Uncorked approximately 30 minutes before service, served blind. Garnet in the glass, not showing much in the way of age. I suspect this is quite young. On the nose, this is fairly fruit forward, showing waxy red fruit, cranberry, baking spices, crushed rocks and floral note. On the palate, this is still a bit tight, but gives way to some cranberry, beeswax, mineral and earth flavours. Tannic structure is still in the forefront, and acidity is brisk and quite fresh. This has a lot of potential but needs some time.

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  • 1996 Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne 93 Points

    France, Burgundy, Bourgogne

    Uncorked approximately 30 minutes before service, served blind. Garnet in the glass, with a heavy brick, moderate sediment; noticeably aged. On the nose, this was quite advanced, but not at all oxidative, showing nice dried cherry, dried pomegranate, earth, decaying leaves, earth, iodine, spent coffee grinds, dried herbs and spice. On the palate, very svelte, light, fully resolved, show just a touch of mild tannin on the moderate length finish. This seemed to be the most mature wine of the evening. In a nice spot, but definitely time to drink up.

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  • 1996 Georges Lignier et Fils Chambolle-Musigny 93 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny

    Uncorked approximately 30 minutes before service, served blind. Garnet in the glass, with a mild brick. On the nose, typical aromas of red fruit, spice, but also a touch of pyrazine, opening up to reveal a nice earthy base, leather, pomegranate and brown sugar. Aromatically, this was like a blend of the last two wines. On the palate, showing a bit of age, with fairly integrated tanin, moderate acidity, with nice sappy red fruits and earth rounding out the finish. In a good spot right now.

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