Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind

Northbrook, IL

Tasted June 9, 2012 by Burgundy Al with 636 views

Introduction

Went up to Knightsbridge after the Acker Merrall auction. Too much Bordeaux was served at the auction (ok, mostly very good Bordeaux), so we had to put balance back into the world. Brought John Kapon.

Flight 1 (12 notes)

Red
1997 Domaine Joseph Roty Charmes-Chambertin Très Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
91 points
Popped, decanted and poured. Intense BBQ wood aromas to start, which softened after 10-15 minutes. Ripe black fruit with big spice on both nose and palate. While ripe, certainly not over-ripe in the fashion of too many 1997s. Very good balance, even if the new oak still protrudes a bit throughout.
Red
1999 Domaine de la Vougeraie Bonnes Mares France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
92 points
Popped, decanted 30 minutes, and poured. Lots of black cherry and blackberry aromas with good aromas of cloves and licorice. Similar on palate with lots of minerality and acidity, plus nicely integrated tannins. Already soft and supple for a Bonnes Mares.
Red
2009 Domaine Pierre Gelin Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
93 points
Served double blind. Lush fruit with great sweet spice that made me think this from Vosne. Lush, ripe black cherry on both nose and palate should have made me realize Gevrey. Already showing great balance for such a young Grand Cru, I wouldn't be surprised if this is a great 2009 Grand Cru that barely or never shuts down.
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Red
2010 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Hauts-Doix France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
92 points
Slightly floral start with sensational spice aromas. All red fruit on nose and palate with lots of energy, mineral and precision. Much like when tried a few weeks back and at the Domaine in March, this is excellent already today with even greater potential for when it further develops and evolves, 2018-2030.
Red
2010 Domaine Robert Groffier Bourgogne France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
From a bottle that had been opened 3 weeks earlier, then gassed, resealed and refrigerated. Lots of red fruit with modest spice. Great concentration and length for its level.
Red
1996 Faiveley Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
flawed
Corked
Red
1996 Jacques Cacheux & Fils Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
89 points
Served double blind. Good fruit with the appropriate level of maturity for its age. Modest spice. Balanced acid and tannic structure. Overall easy to enjoy, but nothing that notably stands out as Grand Cru.
Red
1991 Domaine Leroy Clos de la Roche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Served double blind. Popped, decanted and poured. Very tough wine to assess. Clearly a high end Grand Cru Burgundy, but this started with a musty aromatic element that never went away in the time we had to try (and re-try) this wine. Mature ripe fruit with lots of concentration. I didn't find any of the telltale Leroy perfumed spice character, but this started showing power and nuance after 45 minutes. I own one bottle and would decant for an hour+ if opened any time soon.
Red
2007 Domaine Dujac Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru
94 points
Served double blind. Popped, decanted and poured. An early earthy element that dissipated after 10 minutes. Exciting fresh red fruit emerged on the nose with alluring, exotic spice. Very similar on palate, with some sneaky power emerging on finis. I did a good job identifying the vintage, less well at identifying the Village. A real treat, this was my first ever time trying Dujac's Chambertin. Thanks for the generosity, John!
Red
2006 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
93 points
Served double blind. Lots of ripe black fruit to start with plenty of oak and fruit spice. Same ripe fruit on palate with a slightly sweet character. Give this at least 5+ years for the sweetness and oak to better integrate. Great concentration, power, structure and minerality make this a long-term exciting wine.
Red
2007 Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
92 points
Served double blind. Rich black fruit aromas and flavors with good spice. Moderate length and finesse, a very accessible Grand Cru probably best now through 2020.
Red
2007 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
95 points
Served double blind. Despite correctly identifying the black pepper and licorice Rhone spices, I also guessed this from Burgundy, in an incorrect lemming-like manner. Spicy floral start with dense black fruit. Long, very exciting finish with lots of energy and spice.
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