We have a little tasting group in McLaren Vale that gets together once a month or so, and each time has a wine theme. We all bring along a masked bottle in keeping with the theme & then we have a tasting and great discussion. This week we decided to pull out all the stops and our theme was Burgundy. We are lucky to have Victory Hotelier Doug Govan in our group, so he suggested that we make it into a dinner – and so the “Bugger the economy- Let’s drink Burgundy” dinner was born! Thought I would share some of my blind tasting notes- some fabulous wines shared with good people and some brilliant food.
Flight 1- White Burgundy with Tuna tartare, pork crackle, salmon roe, wasabi and baby watercress (dish of the night- we have begged Doug to put it on the regular menu!)
2008 William Fevre Le Clos Chablis Grand Cru- tight lemon zest, lifted acidity and line through the palate, mineral line with loads of texture, very young and fresh, some SO2, citrus oils. Plenty of life- opened a bit early.
2008 Christian Moreau Le Clos Chablis Grand Cru- creamy mushroom, oatmeal, peach skin, fuller and richer flavours with a tight line. Very rich and flavourful, sweet stone fruits through the palate followed by a citrus zest. Some honeycomb and wild ferment characters.
2007 Marc Morey Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru- cheesy brie character, searing acidity. Loads of texture and funk creating a creamy fullness on the palate. Slightly higher alcohol on back palate. Divine.
2006 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru- lifted honey beeswax, waxiness continues through the palate, more savoury palate, on the edge oxidative, smoke and candlewax, very mineral, riverstone. Brilliant fino character on the finish cleans up the palate. Loads of texture. Edgy, awesome wine. My favourite of the bracket.
2007 Olivier LeFlaive Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru-lemony, fresh line of acidity, smoky oak, toasty, grapefruit racy acid. Great line, more oak influence.
2008 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet ‘Morgeot’ Premier Cru- floral toast and lift, floral through the palate. medium acidity, texture roundness, broader in style.
Bracket 2 tomorrow……