2018 Burgundy trip: White Burgs at the Bar, Le Bistro de L’Hôtel, Beaune

Tasted Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by HowardNZ with 15 views

Introduction

I am belatedly typing up some notes from my last Burgundy trip ...

Mark, Andrew and I said goodbye to Thierry and headed from Castiglione Falletto to Beaune. On arrival we were in a mood to broach a couple of nice white Burgundies …

Flight 1 (2 Notes)

  • 2015 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine Clos du Four

    France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine

    Pale gold. A bouquet with prominent creamy oak, poached pear, nectarine, almond paste and mandarin. On palate, a rich, opulent 2015-typical white Burgundy. White peach, blanched almonds and cashews, apricots with a creamy, lactic element. Big and bold. However, acceptable acidity. Hedonistic. I don’t expect this Clos du Four to be long-lived. Drink in the next 5-6 years.

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  • 2015 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ-Canet

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru

    A better 2015 white Burgundy. Fairly gold coloured. After the initial reduction on opening, a Puligny-typical nose of lemons and limes, chalky minerals, pear, spices and gentle white meadow flowers. On palate, more Meursault than Puligny (not surprisingly, perhaps, for a climat on the Meursault border, in a warmer year). Decent acidity, the citrus here more mandarin or orange than lemon or lime. Real volume and power but a touch broader than I would, ideally, have liked. Also, prominent vanillin oak yet to integrate. Perhaps hold for 2-3 years, but I would not expect this Sauzet to be very long-lived.

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