White Frenchies at Sea Change
Sea Change at the Guthrie, Mpls, MN
Tasted March 27, 2014 by rocknroller with 266 views
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
2002 Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
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
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.
2005 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses
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.
2007 Louis Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières
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(+?)
2009 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts
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.
2007 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard
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.
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!
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