Boisson Vadot White Wines & A Mix of Old Red Burgundy

Paradise Valley, AZ USA

Tasted April 26, 2019 by Alex G. with 130 views


A lunch to remember, one of the greatest showings of mature Red Burgundy in years. Boisson Vadot continues to shine as a producer to watch in Meursault.

Flight 1 (1 note)

White - Sparkling
1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
Served blind, one of the tasters trying to decipher it said "Well it can't be Salon. And it's definitely not '96." Ah, the brutality of blind tasting... To his point, this came across as more accessible than many '96's. It's a beautiful Champagne, with pear, mineral, and yeast. Succulent and tense, this was unanimously loved at the table today.
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Flight 2 (4 notes)

2010 Bernard Boisson-Vadot Meursault Les Chevalières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
Polished, clean, and precise. Best showing to date of this wine, this has blossomed in the past couple of years. Flint and flower aromas, juicy fruit. This was unanimously the best of the flight.
2013 Bernard Boisson-Vadot Meursault Les Chevalières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
More tense and crisp than 2010, should be just as good as 2010 in a few years. Very structured, good now with excellent potential.
2012 Bernard Boisson-Vadot Meursault Les Grands Charrons France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
More dense and structured than either Chevalieres, less giving and backward by comparison. This still needs quite a bit of time, let 'em sleep.
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2012 Bernard Boisson-Vadot Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
There was some controversy at the table on this bottle, some thought it oxidized. I did not, and indeed the more air it got the better it was. In any event, I got more oak on the finish at first than the other wines today. This was, unsurprisingly, very youthful. I was fortunate to be able to vacuum seal the remaining wine and revisit a couple of days later, and it was more balanced and lush. This will be a super wine, assuming there are not oxidation issues -- to be fair I'm more forgiving on this point than some of my friends.

Flight 3 (5 notes)

1978 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard 1er Cru
Served blind. Sexy as heaven aromas, garnet color with substantial bricking. Exquisitely delicate with tremendous presence, a classic and wonderful Burgundy. The epitome of what we want from aged Red Burgundy. Glorious, a top tier Grand Cru performance.
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1985 Maison Leroy Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru
Served blind. Younger and more oaky at first than the previous wine (which turned out to be '78 Pommard Epenots). This went from being underwhelming to phenomenal with a bit of air. Correctly guessed '85 vintage and Gevrey-Chambertin appellation. This has wonderful black fruit, very classic Gevrey. I thought this was one of the more transparent Leroy wines I've had in some time, very little Lalou "signature" here and very Gevrey.
1985 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
Served blind. Lights out! Incredible aromatics and so sexy, dripping with exotic Vosne spice. Light in the mouth with looooong finish, classic iron fist velvet glove going on here. Another 1er that's performing at upper Grand Cru level today.
1980 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Served blind, the vintage reveal was shocking as this was drinking considerably younger. I thought it was '93 at the oldest, and wouldn't have been surprised if it were '02. Dark color, and lots of sauvages, with marvelous intensity. So many layers and it kept bouncing around feeling at times very young and moderately mature. The metaphor that sprang to mind was a young prodigy that’s a genius, model, and athlete. This is as complete and impressive as one could ever want.
1978 Chanson Père & Fils Corton France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
Served blind. This wine had the misfortune to be served after the greatest flight, 4 of the most incredible mature Burgundy, I've had in years. If we had started here, probably would have been quite happy. But after the others, this came across as totally outclassed. Brownish color, more astringent, softer and less expressive than the others.
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