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Nick C's House

Tasted March 13, 2012 by David_T with 672 views

Introduction

Eight of us got together on a Tuesday night because I happened to be in town and many of us had never met. The overall theme was Burgundy/Rhone because Nick will be traveling there next month. The vast majority of wines opened ended up being Burgundy. I wish I could have dedicated more focus to each wine, but there simply were too many opened in too short of a time period (as if that's a bad thing). It would be fascinating to revisit many of these in five years as the majority were quite young.

Flight 1 - Champagne + White Burgs (7 notes)

We opened a vintage Champagne while visiting on the back porch as everyone arrived, then moved inside for the first flight of White Burgs.

White - Sparkling
2002 Perrier-Jouët Champagne Cuvée Fleur de Champagne France, Champagne
87 points
A very pleasant cream/yeast/bready nose, but that didn't carry through to the palate, which I found rather bland. Very fine bubbles. Others seemed to like this much more.
White
1999 Domaine Francois et Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
90 points
No premox problems here. Nutty along with anise and a rich fruit I couldn't place. Very rich palate.
White
2008 Domaine Thibert Père et Fils Pouilly-Fuissé Les Ménétrières France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé
87 points
Fennel nose, with a crisp body of apple, a hint of seashell, and a hint of oak. I did not find this to be over the top oaky as some of the notes here suggest.
White
2009 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
89 points
A very muted nose, though enjoyable complex flavors of apple, clove/spice, and minerals.
White
2009 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
92 points
Probably my WOTN mostly because I love acid and this had tons to share. Notes of apple, nectarine and spice, medium bodied with a long finish helped by the acidity.
White
2009 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
91 points
Like the other Colin-Morey, a muted nose but bold flavors, featuring spice, lemon, great acid, and a slightly sweet tasting finish.
White
2009 Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
88 points
Lemon nose. A mineral-driven palate, bone dry, with light flavors of citrus fruit, though very low acid atypical of citrus flavors. Light bodied, with a medium length spicy finish.

Flight 2 - Red Burgs (7 notes)

Red
2009 Catherine et Claude Maréchal Savigny-lès-Beaune Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune
91 points
I really enjoyed this- light colored with a cranberry, viney nose; cranberry, red cherry and a sprinkling of dust on the palate. Lovely acid driven finish. Light, elegant structure.
Red
2005 Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Macherelles Rouge France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
89 points
Complex nose of earth, cherry, red currant and a hint of rubber. Red cherry/red currant flavors, light bodied and tasty, though a short finish keeps it from being better.
Red
2002 Domaine Dujac Morey St. Denis France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis
92 points
My favorite red of the night, a phenomenal nose- earthy, funky rounded out with a bit of red cherry. Deep flavors of mushroom, earth, sheep butt, just a hint of fruit. Nice acid and a medium finish.
Red
2002 Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey St. Denis En la Rue de Vergy France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis
87 points
Aromas of black cherry, earth and anise. The palate gives a nice kick up front, but the mid-palate/finish are fairly empty, with just a bit of lingering spice.
Red
2005 Louis Latour Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
For the sake of the wine I'm hoping my palate was getting tired or there was something off with the bottle, as this was my least favorite wine of the night. Herbey with a hint of tannins, but just not much going on. Score: low 80s (?) I don't see the 92 Meadows at all.
Red
2005 Louis Latour Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
89 points
Clearly quite young, this was very muted when first tasted, but when re-tasted at the end of the night it had opened up quite a bit showing earth, rubber and bramble on the nose, medium-full bodied with flavors of raspberries. Let this sit a while.
Red
1979 Antonin Rodet Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
90 points
Fascinating to drink, and with its age unlike any pinot I've had. This was showing oxidative qualities, but enjoyable with aromas of chocolate, grape, dried cherries, and dried flowers. Unique, sherry-like palate of caramel and dried fruit. A short finish but enjoyable nonetheless.

Flight 3 - Closing Wines (5 notes)

Of course at least a Rhone or two had to find its way into the mix, along with Loren's syrah to compare and we closed with a late harvest Zin that was very interesting/enjoyable and a lovely rosé as the night wound down.

Red
2007 Domaine Des Hauts Chassis Crozes-Hermitage Esquisse France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage
86 points
Nice nose/flavors of pepper, beef jerky and olive, though the midpalate is empty. Dusty finish. This was bottled with a synthetic cork, so I question of that had any impact given the same producer's 07 Les Galets had a true cork and showed much better.
Red
2007 Domaine Des Hauts Chassis Crozes-Hermitage Les Galets France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage
90 points
Similar profile to the Esquisse with beef jerky, pepper and olive, but this bottle had a full midpalate and a bright raspberry note as well making it much more enjoyable to drink.
Red
2009 SonkinCellars Persona USA, California
90 points
Opened to compare syrah styles to two Crozes-Hermitage, and because it's been months since I've tasted the wine. Indeed the comparison showed how different/expressive syrah can be; it was also nice to note how much more integrated this wine is compared to a year ago when it was bottled. Tasty, chocolate and juicy red/black raspberry notes come through nicely; the only thing that concerns me a bit is I didn't pick up much finish or much tannic structure- I hope it continues to age well.
I just re-tasted this after sitting open overnight- the finish is longer though still lacking tannins, but it also showed a bit of heat that was absent on day one.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Vineyard 29 Zinfandel Late Harvest Aida Estate USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
91 points
One of the more interesting/enjoyable dessert wines I've had recently, in that it tasted dry not sweet given it's 18.5% alcohol. Loaded with coffee, caramel, and raisin; thick texture, and enjoyable dry finish.
Rosé
2010 Coleman Nicole Pinot Noir Rosé Morris Ranch Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
90 points
Fresh with cherry, red raspberry, strawberry and watermelon notes. A hint of residual sugar, very refreshing. Too bad an '11 couldn't be made.

Closing

It was great to meet everyone, the company and wines were both excellent. Personally I think I had as many Burgs in one night as I had most of the previous year which was great for exploring the region, and also my first Grand Crus. I look forward to doing this again!

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