Served blind. A hint of spice, some honey, obviously a Riesling, some fresh apples; a hint of residual sugar, on the verge of being a Feinherb it seems, moderate acidity, some slight bitterness in the finish. However, a wine that is light on its toes. Guessed Kabinett, Mosel, 98 – pat my back.
Unclear, dark rosé; smells of a blend between piss, manure, fermentation, and red currants; in the mouth: more unfinished fermentation of currant juice. Extremely off-putting nose, a little better in the mouth. The winemaker has allegedly recently gone bankrupt, obviously the sulfur expences did not add to that.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Served blind. Fairly long brim, some browning, not the darkest. Burgundy? Raw meat on the nose, with some animal fur; Fresh, with fine balance, spicy, some tendencies towards complexity – but still a bit rugged. I am not sure this will get any better.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
Not the best of fills, 4.5 cm, soaked and loose-fitting cork. Clear long brim, definite browning, lightish color; oxidized on nose with some prunes after a while. Much better in the mouth, there is a wonderful complexity and balance there, albeit overthrown by the oxidized/dried berries taste (no bullion). Bottles in better condition may be really wonderful.
Served blind. My first impression was aromatic wise ‘a pinot from overseas’: slightly furry, some spice. Fine start to the taste curve, then fades a bit, then again a fierce and structured finish with almost violent tannins. This, of course, should have kept me away from pinot.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
Served blind. Powerful pinot, linear, and lacks a bit complexity, some furry elements. No one thought of 2004 (no greens here – in fact I haven’t detected much in my 2004s), no one of Charmes (quite rustic, but I often find that it does not live up to its feminine name).
Dark as a night, almost that is. At first (it was quite cold and popped and poured), almost shy, linear and elegant. After almost 1 hour it changed and became a much more powerful and complex wine. Again after 2-3 hours it changed once more; gained even more weight. Very clean fruit, long and balanced (not at all over extracted or over the top), structured, wonderful finish. WOTN