Le Grand Tasting
Carrousel du Louvre, Paris
Tasted November 30, 2012 - December 1, 2012 by Cesar Riviere with 1,400 views
This tasting features more than 300 domains picked by Bettane and Desseauve. Most wines presented were from France but some foreign wineries were represented.
Flight 1 - Clos Saint Jean, Chateauneuf du Pape, 2010 in bottle and 2011 samples (7 notes)
I tasted those wines on day 1 and day 2 and they were truly outdebating everything I've had at the Grand Tasting. Vincent Maurel considers his 2010 over his 2007 and told me he has been expecting four 100s form RP for his 2010s (Chimere included). He does't have the 2011s in his heart, ranking them between 2008 and 2009; and he is expecting his 2012s to be really close to his 2010s. 2011 and 2012 will be, anyway, extremely heterogenous vintages in CdP.
Flight 2 - Two great cuvées from Deutz (2 notes)
Flight 3 - A Terrible Grand Cru: Figeac (3 notes)
I heard this property was for sale... Sincerely hope the eventual owners will put this name back on the track..
Flight 4 - Cos d'Estournel (4 notes)
A great example of a domain not playing faire game at the tasting. The wine presented were not representative of the greatness this domain can reach, and it does't seem to disturb the representatives... Too bad.
Flight 5 - Chapoutier (4 notes)
Same here... very disappointed.
Flight 6 - Canon and Rauzan-Ségla (3 notes)
Flight 7 - Bouchard (3 notes)
Flight 8 - William Fevre (5 notes)
The 2009 are way more approachable right now, good potential on the 2010 though.
Flight 9 - A GREAT surprise: Mordorée RdB 2011 (1 note)
After this + Clos St Jean 2011, I get that, again, CdP will have some stars in its newborn vintage.
1/ With the average level reached in this tasting
2/ With the supposed level of 2011 CdP
I feel that great 2011 CdP apparently have soft and important tannins with dense level of berries. I was shocked how concentrated this wine was.
Flight 10 - Disappointed: Les Cailloux (4 notes)
Flight 11 - Bodega Contador (4 notes)
On the paper, this winery was supposed to present their Contador, but they just offered their commercial wines. El predicator white really surprised me while the red 2010 definitely needs age; I would advise going on the 2008 and 2009 first.
Flight 12 - Beaucastel (1 note)
Flight 13 - Unnecessary fanciness: Perrier Jouet (1 note)
Flight 14 - Some great, expensive champagnes: Ruinart (3 notes)
Flight 15 - Brane Cantenac (1 note)
Flight 16 - Two ports: Fonseca and Taylor (2 notes)
Flight 17 - Delas (4 notes)
This winery produces top notch wines at, still, reasonable prices. Highly recommended.
The average quality of the wine presented was pretty nice. I was blown away by Clos St Jean and Delas; and some Champagnes did perform extremely well. Some domains though don't play fair by displaying only their "weak" or commercial wines thence receiving lower scores. Cos d'Estournel was a perfect example with scores between 75 and 89.
Such a tasting is a great opportunity to discover a wide range of wines, but nothing substitutes the visit one can make at a winery.