White Frenchies at Sea Change

Sea Change at the Guthrie, Mpls, MN

Tasted March 27, 2014 by rocknroller with 96 views

Introduction

The theme was WWTDS paired with some outstanding and some very good dishes from Sea Change at the Guthrie. Six gathered to partake: Steve, Lonny, David, Craig, Candace, and myself.

Flight 1 (8 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Larmandier-Bernier Champagne Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru France, Champagne, Côte des Blancs, Champagne
92 points
Light gold color. Drank 1 glass over 30 minutes. This was even better than the last time I had it, nose and palate are consistent; nice earth, nutty, delicate, brioche with citrus and tree fruit, fine minerality. Medium plus finish.
White
2009 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine
90 points
Pale gold color. PNP, drank 1 glass over 30 minutes. The nose is brisk, sea air, shell minerality, fresh cut honeydew melon, citrus. The palate is saline infused, mineral rich, crisp with lime and melon notes, medium finish. Perfect as expected with the oysters.
White - Sparkling
2002 Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne, Montagne de Reims, Champagne
96 points
Medium gold color. Drank 1 glass over an hour. Fantastic, every bit as good as the last time I had it. Amazing on the nose with fresh yeast, pear, very floral, dried herbs, earth, toasted almond, tangerine. The palate has both power and finesse, great intensity, floral, apple, pear, melon, very elegant and crisp clean minerality, almond, and so fresh; very, very long finish - wow. What a honey.
White - Off-dry
2005 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Clos du Bourg France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray
91 points
Light gold color. PNP, drank 1 glass over 90 minutes. Slow to evolve in glass, initially rather reserved and non-descript (Craig mentioned a spoiled milk note), but it blossoms after 45 minutes to reveal a tropical character, nectarine, peach, passion fruit, and distinct minerality. The palate has marked viscosity, lemon oil, citrus zest, earthy, apricot, passion fruit, medium bodied, slate, medium finish. This is a wine that requires some time to emerge to full appreciate.
White
2005 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
95 points
Light gold color. PNP, Drank 1+ glass over 90 minutes. This was a pristine bottle, a wow wine with a great nose and palate. I was struck by the intensity here. The nose was tropical, very fresh fruits, mango, orange, orange blossoms, quite floral, butterscotch, a touch of anise, mineral. The palate was lively and expressive, gorgeous minerality, precise, tropical, citrus, anise. Long finish. I loved this bottle! 94+ to 95pts.
White
2007 Louis Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
91 points
Light gold color. PNP, drank 1 glass over an hour. This was good, introverted currently, minerals, lemon, citrus, floral. Medium full body, medium finish, earthy, brisk minerality, citrus. Lean. Could flesh out with some time? 91(+?)
White
2009 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
94 points
Very pale gold color. This was another striking wine, brightly floral, peach, minerals, orange, mild oak. The palate is lively, balanced, very bright, peach, orange zest, clean brisk minerals, citrus, focused and long on the finish. A pleasure to drink.
White
2007 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
90 points
Light-medium gold color. Drank 1 glass over 45 minutes. This bottle was not as good as one from 2 years ago. The nose is smoky, oak, stinky earth, toasted, citrus. The palate is big, volumptous, orange, citrus, nutty, toasted oak, sharp oak finish, medium finish. Suffered by comparison tonight and coming at the end; not what I typically expect from Kistler. 89-90pts.

Closing

My favorites were the '02 Ruinart BdB, the '05 Fevre Les Preuses, and the '09 Carillon Les Referts
Thanks to everyone for making this a memorable evening!