WineBerserkers Bay Area Burgundy Tasting

Martins West, Redwood City

Tasted April 8, 2014 by aagrawal with 132 views

Introduction

A wonderful peninsula Burgundy tasting where the theme was premier cru. The whites were fabulous tonight, and the reds had a difficult time keeping up. All the wines were quite young, but a lot showed great promise.

Flight 1 - White Burgundy 1er cru (4 notes)

The Nuits St. Georges was tasted blind.

White
2004 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
92 points
Very slight oxidation (appropriate for a decade of age), nice fresh lime and lemon; palate has great acidity without being biting, freshness, white citrus fruit, medium-long finish. Wonderful, fresh, and very enjoyable. 92
White
2009 Domaine Michèle et Patrice Rion Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Terres Blanches France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
88 points
A bit more golden in color; bit of sulfur on the nose, when that fades, nose has subtle intensity, some white fruit; palate is medium-light, on the simpler side, finish is short-medium. 88
White
2007 Arnaud Ente Meursault Clos des Ambres France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
92 points
Rich nose, slight popcorn, fresh; palate is explosive with great richness, tart lime acidity, more rounded than the Fevre GC, excellent balance, mouthwatering; medium-long finish with slight salinity. 91-92
White
2010 Marchand & Tawse / Pascal Marchand Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru
91 points
Aromatic nose with good richness, tropical, pineapple; palate is full bodied, fresh, great acidity, ripe white tropical fruit; medium finish. Very nice. 91-92

Flight 2 - Red Burgundy 1er (5 notes)

The Delarche Corton-Renardes was tasted blind.

Red
2006 Serafin Père et Fils Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Millandes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru
91 points
Fabulous nose, wonderful intensity with strawberry fruit, very slight mint, very slight green, slight floral; palate has great structure but approachable, red fruit that is well integrated, very young, but overall lacks character; finish is short-medium. Very young with good promise. The nose was spectacular 95+ but the palate was of a more insipid character, 90. 90-94.
Red
2011 Domaine Marius Delarche Corton-Renardes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
88 points
A tad ripe, but still balanced; palate is medium bodied, balanced but uninspired; finish is short-med. 87-89
Red
2006 Domaine Rene Leclerc Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combes aux Moines France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
93 points
Compared to the Lavaux St Jacques. Light translucent ruby color; both masculine, but this is a bit more brawny on the nose, red fruit, strawberry, slight stems, balanced; palate is rich, dense, brawny, dense red fruit core, young, approachable tannins, drinking really well now; medium finish. 93
Red
2006 Domaine Rene Leclerc Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
90 points
Compared to the Combe aux Moines. Slightly more funk, slight brett, slightly more elegant, less density on the nose; palate is lighter, still good fruit but still somewhat hollow in comparison to the dense fruits on the Combe, smoother on the palate, drinking really well now, a tad less potential than the other one; finish is short-med. 90-91
Red
2009 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Baudes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
flawed
Slightly corked, but still has some fruit, nice complexity on the nose; palate is medium bodied, good red fruit, but gets a bit of bitterness and flat on the midpalate, flat finish. Flawed. Would love to try this again at a later date.