Blind White Tasting with Top 2000 White Burgundy

Les Nomades - Chicago IL
Tasted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Burgundy Al with 134 views

Introduction

Our Chicago Lieu-dit Cru got together for our 2nd blind white dinner of the summer. Nobody knew the theme (2000 white Burgundy) going in and i was able to structure flights to keep the mystery going through three flights. All the wine came from my cellar, so everybody else got to fully participate in assessing the wines, flights and overall theme. This was our first group dinner at Les Nomades and I think they did an excellent job with both service and preparing food that would work well with white Burgundy. Kudos to them.

I selected this theme because our group had a discussion about the 2000 vintage at the last dinner. Some thought the vintage was getting long in the tooth, while I have found most 2000s to be drinking wonderfully right now, with good ageworthiness as well. Tonight's wine lineup might not have represented the "average" 2000, but the wines showed incredibly well, with only one bottle showing more age than should be fairly expected.

Flight 1 - Champagne to Start (3 Notes)

I thought this a good time to try this vertical, knowing the potential risk. I was hoping for something better, but wasn't terribly surprised.

Flight 2 - A Subdued Entry Level Start from Meursault (3 Notes)

  • 2000 Morey-Blanc Meursault Les Narvaux 88 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault

    Not nearly as interesting as another bottle from the same case from a few weeks ago. That bottle seemed to freshen up with more air, but this bottle started with oxidative character and that mustiness never softened. So while this wasn't overly advance, it was clearly mature and displaying moderate intensity and length.

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  • 2000 Pierre Morey Meursault Les Tessons 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault

    Better than the last bottle from a year ago from the same case. This was also large and firm with a meaty character and good density. Just not as complete and complex as the Bouchere in the next glass.

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  • 2000 Morey-Blanc Meursault 1er Cru Bouchères 92 Points

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

    Lots of apple, very fresh and energetic with good concentration. Group consensus this was clearly the highlight of the flight.

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Flight 3 - Some More Meursault (4 Notes)

  • 2000 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Charmes 92 Points

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

    This was one of the two impressive wines in the flight, both turning out to be Meursault 2000 Charmes, the other from Henri Boillot. This was moderately ripe, lean and incredibly elegant with great and overall textures. Good now, even if I enjoyed the Boillot slightly more today, but this will be more interesting going forward.

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  • 2000 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières 86 Points

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

    Opened ~90 minutes before serving, this would probably have benefited from less air. Overall advanced and slightly tired, still pleasant but less interesting than another fresher bottle from last year.

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  • 2000 Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru Charmes 93 Points

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

    One of the 2 highlights of the flight along with the Lafon 2000 Charmes. This was very lush, lush and enticing. Forward upfront with impressive intensity, but perhaps not the same depth and nuance as the Lafon. This was more fun and pleasurable today, but I'd expect the Lafon better long-term.

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  • 2000 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 88 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault

    Mature yellow and green apple. Tasty and fun, yet not quite as interesting and complete as previous bottles, so it is definitely time to drink up.

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Flight 4 - Mostly Chevalier-Montrachet (4 Notes)

  • 2000 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

    Tasted single blind in this flight, I was slightly disappointed with this wine vs its reputation. Modest in every regard, I frankly didn't find Grand Cru intensity here. This was open 2 hours before serving, next time I will pop-and-pour this wine.

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  • 2000 Williams Selyem Chardonnay Allen Vineyard 87 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    I included in this flight as a "ringer" thinking its depth and intensity would almost/maybe fit, but everybody immediately identified that this as the one of four bottles didn't fit. Very enjoyable, but ripe and hedonistic vs the Chevalier-Montrachet in the flight (ok, not fair) and also more advanced.

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  • 2000 Louis Jadot Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot 93 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

    Tasted single blind in the flight, everybody agreed this was the clear star. A wine I've always enjoyed when not oxidized, this was a great bottle. Lush start, powerful throughout, this showed layers of complexity, unfolding with more time in glass, going from ripe and fun towards something more textured and elegant. Very impressive.

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  • 2000 Domaine Michel Niellon Chevalier-Montrachet 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

    Rich start, seemingly almost one dimensional, but this kept expanding and evolving from middle to finish. Very nuanced and textured, this required lots of attention to appreciate. i enjoyed this wine more than most others tonight.

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Flight 5 - Also Mostly Chevalier-Montrachet (3 Notes)

  • 2000 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet 95 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

    Tasted single blind in probably the best wine flight I've had all year. This turned out as WOW, but I was very nervous when opening the bottle several hours earlier, given the cork was fully soaked though and slightly moldy on top. Despite that challenge, this was powerful, lush and incredibly long. Lots of spice came through everywhere from beginning to end.

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  • 2000 Domaine Ramonet Chevalier-Montrachet 95 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

    Tasted single blind in what might be the best wine flight I've had all year. ll of the group was able to identify this as Ramonet from that telltale mint...for better or worse. This was powerful and subtle at the same time with great freshness.

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  • 2000 Domaine Jacques Prieur Montrachet 96 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru

    Tasted single blind in perhaps the best wine flight I've had this year. My last bottle of this wine, so i can't complain about it also being the best it has ever performed. Peach and apple with rich, intense spice, but everything is in virtually perfect equilibrium with lots of density.

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Flight 6 - Chablis Grand Cru (4 Notes)

Flight 7 - Why Not Open the Backup Bottles with Cheese? (2 Notes)

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