Friday Night Wines

Tasted April 19, 2020 by mye with 75 views


Charlie F put together a group of wine drinkers on the west coast, and started sending samples during the Covid days. This was the 3rd week of the samples, and we've gone through some trials with different containers, fill levels, and types of wines.

Epic line up put together by Charlie, and always a fun time with the group.
The whites were identified, but the reds were blinded. Although, really the two Allemands were truly unknown, as the Rayas and the Burgundy were quite easily identifiable from the lineup.

Flight 1 - Whites (2 notes)

2014 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
When we first approached this, it had a stink to it that was just odd. 30 mins that blew off and this just continued to improve throughout the evening. Lemon peel, citrus, and a hint of popcorn once the wine warms. Palate had a beautiful stream of minerality, balanced and energetic acidity, and the finish pleasantly lingers for a long time. Really enjoyable bottle.
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2014 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
Initially the nose was citrus and wet stone, medium weight on the palate with a touch of richness. As it warmed and gained some air, it filled in with oak and butterscotch notes. Acidity was balanced, and seems to linger beautifully. Overall a very tasty and good wine, but it did seem to lack a bit of energy especially next to the Dauvissat Clos.
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Flight 2 - Reds (4 notes)

2008 Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
First take was all soy sauce, and medicinal notes. 30 mins later, some red fruit and sour cherry shows up. 2 hours later, and this is developing into a decent wine. Layers of red fruit, with orange peel, and earth. Tannins are still sticking out a bit, and the acidity is high and seemingly out of balance. Also the soy sauce notes never quite dissipates. For me probably the only disappointment of the lineup.
2005 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Initially nose was sweet rich red fruit, herbs for days (oregano, thyme especially). Palate showed red and blue fruit, with sweet oak. After gaining more air, the fruit seems more mellowed, the wine picks up length, and expands on its already seemingly endless complexity. Incredible bottle, but definitely too young. The oak is unbalanced at this point but this should be magic once that resolves.
2014 Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
My written notes says "Holy $hit the nose is insane". Waves of red and black fruit, spices, earth, violets, and then more bright fruit. It was incredible the explosiveness of that nose upfront. Palate shows the same fruit and spice profile, with a bit of oak sticking out due to the youth. The finish lingers in your mouth forEVER. With 3 hours of air, the nose toned down, as the palate started to gain weight and depth of fruit. Great wine, and just a beautiful expression of syrah.

Side note: we were blinded this side by side with the 2014 Allemand SS. We all guessed this was the SS, but turns out it wasn't.
2014 Thierry Allemand Cornas Sans Soufre France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
Initially this showed an intense dark fruit nose, with bloody meat, iron, and some gaminess. Same profiles carry to the palate with high acid, high oak and tannins. This wine was just densely packed of raw materials but seemingly need age to resolve and come together.
3 hours of air later, it flipped a switch. Nose became wildly aromatic, bright fruit, violets, and floral notes. Initially guessed as the Allemand Reynard, but turns out this was the SS. Great wine, although i do wonder if it's worth the extraordinary effort to hunt one down when the Reynard is just about equally as excellent.
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