Gordon's Luxe Tasting

Gordon's Wines - Waltham, MA

Tasted November 22, 2015 by RockinCabs with 327 views

Introduction

The annual Gordon's Wines customer appreciation event was great once again, although a bit smaller than it has been in prior years. The good news was we were able to spend more time with the wines we loved, and could almost be certain that we would get a pour of nearly everything that was opened. This year the selections from Rosenthal and Kobrand were awesome, and the Gordon's selections were superb.

Below are a handful of notes from the wines that were highlights for me on the day.

Flight 1 (10 notes)

White - Sparkling
2005 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne France, Champagne
93 points
Nose: Peach, fresh baked bread, creamy lemon mouse and floral notes. Palate: very fine bubbles and gorgeous palate feel as others have noted. Finish: Lemon square, yeast and peach with great acidity. Fine Champagne.
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White
2012 Michel Redde et fils Pouilly-Fumé Les Champs des Billons France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Pouilly-Fumé
91 points
Nose: Lychee, Lemon, stoney mineral and a pine note. Palate: Tart fruited with tons of stoney mineral. Really nice feel. Sharp acidity. Finish: lot of acid right now makes citrus and stone show in the end. Needs time.
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White
2011 Château Simone Palette Blanc France, Provence, Palette
92 points
Gorgeous white blend that has silky mouthfeel and a range of pear, orange, mineral and lemon peel notes with a nice spice. Impressive.
Red
2012 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
93 points
Nose: Pure and focused nose loaded with cherry fruit, plum skin and some soil, floral and herb notes. Palate: Very tight showing blackberry, tart cherry, spice and crushed stone. Lots of tannin make this almost chewy in the back palate. Finish: Very pure cherry again and some nice herbs.

Give this a long sleep in the cellar. Fun to try now however. 93+
Red
2010 Louis Jadot Griotte-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru
94 points
Nose: Huge red cherry, blackberry, focused fruit and some asphalt, smoke and floral notes. Palate: Wow, so many layers of powerful red and black fruit. Silky palate already with very fine tannins. Earth, mineral and game detectable. Finish: fills the nasal passages on the way down with black cherry, dark raspberry and smoke/game notes.

Distributor opened at a tasting for fans/friends. Great wine to try and learn about. Definitely a few steps ahead of the CSJ 12 from Jadot.
Red
2009 Domaine du Meix-Foulot Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Château de Montaigu France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Mercurey 1er Cru
91 points
Nose: Rose petal, sour cherry, red currant and some sweet herbs. Palate: Tart red fruit and chalky minerality with more of the herbal floral notes that pop on the nose. Finish: Tart and perfumed finish. Nice wine.
Red
2012 Guillaume Gilles Cornas France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
93 points
Nose: Black pepper, inky black fruit, blackberry, olives and sweet tar. Palate: Dense and huge in the mouth with layers of black fruit and cracked black pepper. Finish: Fig, smoke and blackberry.
Red
2012 Domaine Pierre Gelin Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
96 points
Nose: Massive blackberry, cherry Palate: Layered and full of Cherry, Blackberry, minerality, clove and allspice. Sweet fruit is built around earthy spicy nuance on this one. Seamless palate with significant underlying tannin. Finish: Complex with more spice, red/black fruit and floral notes.

This has it all, and will require significant cellar time.
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Red
1991 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Nose: Slightly maderized cherry on the nose, with a slightly cloudy color. Fantastic notes of sweet earth and brown sugar as well. Palate: Completely resolved, and fresher in the mouth than the nose suggested. Black Cherry, powdery mineral and tannin, sweet earth and some spice. Finish: Slowly falls off with red fruit, chalky mineral, and some fall leaves.

92+ Really shows how long these WS pinots can go.
Red
1993 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Champans France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
95 points
Nose: Gorgeous red berries, strawberry, game, spice and leather notes. Palate: Beautifully resolved silky and balanced in the mouth. Great red fruit that gives sweet cherry, cranberry, red currant and sappy raspberry. This is backed up by minerality and a gamey note of raw duck and some sweet spices and pine notes. Complex and giving right now. Finish: Wow. grows more detailed as it finishes with a complex range of nuance.

Consumed with a fantastic lunch at Eastern Standard after the tasting. Thank you Marc! What a wine to end a great day of tasting.
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