Quality Chop House

Quality Chop House

Tasted May 8, 2015 by SimonG with 368 views

Flight 1 (1 note)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Gaston Chiquet Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
88 points
Blind. Fresh. Nicely clean and refreshing. B de B. Not the chalky minerality and finesse of, say, Lilbert, but quite clean and fresh. Dosage evident. Easy drinking and, without being disparaging, a genuinely good aperitif style. ***

Flight 2 (2 notes)

White
2004 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
93 points
A little too warm, and the glasses a little too small. Fresh, focused and with good Chablis typicity. A slightly vegetal bite to the saline minerality. Focused and quite precise. Long. Holds up well over several hours. Kore recognisably Chablis than the richer Clos alongside. ****
White
2004 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
93 points
Served a little warm and glasses too small. A little richer and fuller than the Preuses. Similar on palate. A richness and density here and apparent ripeness that has people in the Cote de Beaune. Proper GC weight, and it is doing that maturing GC Chablis thing of being more C de Beaune than Chablis. Really quite full and persistent. Lovely without being electrifying. In this environment the Clos shines, whereas previously the Preuses has had more precision and focus, but possibly overlooked here. ****

Flight 3 (2 notes)

Red
2001 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
93 points
Blind. Lovely bright red fruit. The exposed capsule reveals this as Lafarge. Some maturity, and a lovely, vibrant, mid to light ruby colour, with the faintest spine of soft tannin suggests 2001. Very pretty, but with a good mineral line keeping it in check. A filigree, lacy quality to the red fruit. Long and lingering. Light but not inconsequential, and good length. Finishes well. ****
Red
1993 Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils Corton-Rognet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
91 points
Light ruby to mid garnet. Bright and vibrant. Slightly earthy strawberry fruit. Red-fruited Cote de Beaune. Smooth and harmonious though possibly lacks a little polish and depth. A fraction superficial. Once Corton is established, I wonder whether it's 92. Soft, mellow and pretty. ****

Flight 4 (3 notes)

Red
1999 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
91 points
Blind. Despite having drunk this six weeks ago, I don't recognise this. Pretty similar note though. Tight, dark red fruited. A good dose of dry extract. Chewy. Quite long and promising. Needs five to ten years. ****
Red
2009 Maison Ilan Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Chaffots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru
flawed
Blind. Dark fruited. Very dense, sulpherous, heavily reduced nose. So densely so that it smells like heavily charred new oak. Very toasty. Decanted. Poured from glass to glass, pennies dropped in. No change after a couple of hours. Impenetrable. Oh dear. NR
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Red
1999 Louis Jadot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots Domaine Gagey France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
91 points
Dark red fruit. A fragrant, slightly volatile lift. Quite evolved on the nose, but dense and still chewy on the palate. Something slightly animale or agricultural here. Dense and fine tannins but with an exuberant lift. lovely dense ruby. I wonder whether it could be a good Fixin. Nuits apparently, but I wouldn't have guessed. Interest here, but needs time. ****
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