Vosne v Vosne-side Nuits

La Trompette, London
Tasted Thursday, September 26, 2013 by SimonG with 451 views

Flight 1 (1 Note)

Seared scallop with pearl barley and chanterelles

Flight 2 (3 Notes)

Tartare and rare roast venison with baked celeriac, salt baked beetroot and radishes

Flight 3 (2 Notes)

Raviolo of suckling pig with smoked bacon and ceps

Flight 4 (4 Notes)

Roast breast and pie of mallard with crushed swede and blackberries

Flight 5 (3 Notes)

Damson soufflé with almond and bay leaf icecream

  • 1993 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru En Orveaux 86 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru

    Blind. Fullish garnet. Dark fruited. Served quite cool. Redder fruit on the palate, relatively lean and without any gloss. One for the classical palate. Better with food but still a bit lacking. Some interest, but...
    Bare ***

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  • 1993 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains Flawed

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru

    Blind. Deep, dark. Dark and dense on the nose, some liquorice. A touch curious and slightly lactic on the nose. Plush and rich, surprisingly full, but also a little corked (some debate around the room here - mixture of corked, another fault and no fault). Coming through more as a dryness on the finish. Shame, because there's a rich wine underneath.

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  • 1985 Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Bousselots 87 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru

    Blind. Mid garnet. Lots of sediment. A touch of orange peel lift and some sweet meatiness. The sediment comes through with a dry liquorish element. Fully mature and possibly fading, but still very drinkable assuming a sed-free glass. ***

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Flight 6 (1 Note)

Closing

We thought it should be fairly straight-forward, but we were horribly wrong. Double blind, with us knowing the permutations of vintage and village but not the specific wines, or the serving order. Wines revealed after each flight. We got the last flight of one correct, but that was it. No consensus through the flights, apart from the last single bottle, and the preceding flight of two which reached an unanimity which turned out to be incorrect. A mug's game! On the whole, the wines were underwhelming bar a couple of highs.

Thanks to Filippo for organising, and to all for their wines and company.

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