Dinner at Georges Blanc

Georges Blanc, Vonnas, France

Tasted March 9, 2012 by MatthewF with 261 views


After spending the morning and early afternoon tasting at J.L. Chave and then in Cote Rotie, we made our way north to Vonnas. No one in the group had been to Georges Blanc before, so we decided to check it out. Big mistake. One of the worst dinners I ever remember; terrible food and service even more so. At least we picked some great wines off the list and had a lot of good conversation. The markups on many of the wines were especially ridiculous as well as I had eaten at Troisgros a few days earlier and saw the same Coche Dury's (as well as similar level reds) on the list there for a third of the price...

Flight 1 (5 notes)

2006 Coche-Dury Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet
At Georges Blanc. Like the Perrieres in the next glass, ripe yellow fruits, but here there were some tropical fruit notes as well on the nose and palate. A pretty mix of white flowers and wet rocks. Ripe fruit on the palate as well, but lacking a bit of density and concentration. Good acidity. Medium weight and finish. Again, like the Perrieres, showing that 06 "roundness". Still a very nice wine and I'd happily drink it again anytime.
2006 Coche-Dury Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
At Georges Blanc. Ripe yellow stone fruit and citrus, with some pretty floral tones. Freshly crushed stones. A touch of wood shows. Ripe yellow fruits, creamy, while showing some nice mineral backbone. Medium bodied. Lovely acidity on the lengthy finish, but a bit "rounder" in style than I would prefer. Still overall a great wine.
2007 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Tessons Clos de Mon Plaisir France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
At Georges Blanc. Intense aromatics of juicy lemon and lime, with their fresh grated zest. Crushed stone and white flowers. Juicy lemon and lime on the palate too with a good bit of mineral structure. Great acidity gives fantastic energy to the long, focused finish. Outstanding!
2001 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brulées France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
At Georges Blanc. Opened roughly 2.5 hours before drinking and served alongside the 01 Meo Richebourg. Seductive mix of red and black cherry and berry fruit with darker floral tones and a good bit of brown/asian spices. Not quite as firm on the palate as the Richebourg, but definitely has a good bit of structure. Again, red and black berry and cherry flavors on the palate with fantastic spices. Some earth flavors as well. Medium bodied. Well structured, lengthy finish. As with previous bottles I've had, this is like a baby Richebourg. I really wish I wouldn't have drank all my bottles already...
2001 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
At Georges Blanc. Opened roughly 2.5 hours before drinking and served alongside the 01 Meo Brulees. Much deeper and more serious nose than the Brulees, but sharing the same crushed dark cherry/berry notes and a lot of brown spices. Deep floral and hoisin notes as well. The same darker berry fruit on the somewhat firm palate with, again, more concentration than the Brulees. The great minerality gives a wonderful backbone to the wine. Fantastic balance of fruit and acidity with a long gripping finish. Outstanding!


Great wine night! Next time we'll just head west to Troisgros instead of east to Vonnas though...

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