Burgundy Masterclass with Robert Joseph

AWC Wine Academy, Marylebone

Tasted June 13, 2013 by Rupert with 110 views

Introduction

This looked a somewhat odd selection and the choice was, I think, AWC's rather than Robert Joseph, who had little enthusiasm for the Montrachet, the Groffier or the Dugat. With the exception of the Lafon, which was as delicious as I expected, and the Latour Montrachet which was decidedly disappointing, the rest were good but not great burgundies which nowhere near justify their expense.

Flight 1 (1 note)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Frank Bonville Champagne France, Champagne, Avize, Champagne
Pale, soft, frothy house champagne

Flight 2 (2 notes)

White
2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Gouttes d'Or France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
93 points
Gorgeous, spicy oak. Powdery, medium bodied, good acid spine, quite elegant. Really lovely
White
2005 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
91 points
Chardonnay nose, just a hint of oyster shell (RJ too thinks this is sulphur), but this just a tone in very pure fruit; sharp, stony and floral. Attractive.

Flight 3 (2 notes)

White
2007 Louis Latour Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
87 points
Sickly nose, a bit of sweat, fat, buttery, powerful, ripe, some tropical fruit. Obviously big, but not very emjoyable
White
2007 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
92 points
Sharp, powerful, little in the way of oak. This was comfortably the group's favourite, but I miss the seasoning that a touch of oak brings.

Flight 4 (2 notes)

Red
2008 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
90 points
Surprisingly brown, high acid, high toned, fresh and savoury. I liked this more than most did, but it's not pretty like Amoureuses is meant tp be.
Red
2007 Claude Dugat Griotte-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru
90 points
Big, raspberry liqueur style, thick, quite tannic. A bit spirity. This might come together better in time.

Flight 5 (2 notes)

Red
2005 J. Confuron-Cotetidot Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
89 points
A bit sweaty on the nose, I thought, sharp, tannic. Lots of substance, but not much charm. Others were more keen.
Red
1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cuvée Duvault-Blochet France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
90 points
Served blind (we knew it was from DRC) we were invited to guess the decade. I thought the 2000s for this was youthful looking and vigorous. Then the vintage, 95, 97, 99. Leafy, so surely the 97? Even knowing it was 99 I found it hard to detect the richness I'd expect. And then was it GE, La T, E, or V 1er Cru. This time I was right. Now this is a very nice Vosne, quite exotic and spicy, but not special.