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BURGUNDY TASTING - JBaker's in York (5/10/2013)

Bubbles and Whites
  • 1985 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon - France, Champagne
    -- tasted a single pour blind --

    Golden color. Nose was full and expressive, with rich/strong baguette note and a faint aroma of oxidized apple. Medium-light bodied on the palate; very richly-flavored, but quite dry; nice freshness, despite moderate oxidation. Very nice.
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  • 1999 Verget Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes des Minots - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
    -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted a single pour blind --

    Brilliant green-gold color. Rich green apple aroma, with notes of banana leaf and flint on the Nose. Medium-light bodied, with good acidity. 13% alc. not noticeable; rich; well-balanced; a bit high-toned; more zest and verve than the average Chardonnay; I like this a lot (and am amazed when it’s revealed as a Chablis, for which it is quite rich).
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  • 2009 Domaine Jean Monnier & Fils Puligny-Montrachet Les Petites Nosroyes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet
    -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted a single pour blind --

    Very pale green-yellow color. A bit sulphury on the Nose immediately after uncorking, but this ultimately gives way to a clean, fresh and crisp presentation that comes across as lightly powdery. Medium-light bodied. Lots of smoky leather on the palate, with some mineral on the finish, which is short and of medium-light intensity; lean; 13% alc..
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  • 2007 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
    -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted a single pour blind --

    Golden yellow color of medium depth. Nose is tangy, with a nice note of freshly-cut grass. Medium-light bodied. This comes across as if it’s relaxing into some age now; sufficient acidity; a touch oaky. Surprised at the reveal to see a wine this young.
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  • 2002 Château de Fuisse Pouilly-Fuissé - France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé
    -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted a single pour blind --

    Golden yellow color of medium-deep depth. Hint of sulphur on the Nose, along with a strong minty note. Tropical/mango flavor on the palate.

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Reds
  • 2000 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brulees - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
    -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted a single pour blind --

    Slight bricking. Beautiful nose – lovely mix of spice, leather, and lavender – quite open and expressive. Medium-light bodied. Open and giving right now: leather; spice; earthy; soil; a bit funky; 13% alc. not noticeable. Very obviously Burgundy --- a comfortable wine. I enjoyed this.
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  • 2002 Louis Latour Corton-Grancey - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
    -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted a single pour blind --

    Lots of red fruit on the Nose – cherry and strawberry; nose was moderately expressive; hint of glue paste on the Nose, too. Medium bodied. Tannic; sufficient acidity; red currant and cherry fruit flavors – reminds me of Robitussin; 14% alc.; needs time yet.
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  • 2002 Louis Jadot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru La Dominode - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru
    TCA. NR (flawed)
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  • 2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
    -- decanted for 10 hours before the event --
    -- tasted a single pour non-blind --

    Nose was deep, bassy, spicy and a bit oaky. Medium bodied. Purple/red fruit on the palate -- moreso purple than red; oaky; a bit big, but the alc. is not noticeable; kind of reminds me of a Carneros or RRV Pinot, but with more acidity and the fruit a bit more tart than what I would normally expect from Carneros or RRV. Others at the table thought it was very good --- a few surmised it was a 1er – one person was guessing Gevrey, specifically, but – to be fair – nobody knew I had thrown a ringer into the lineup. I thought this was very obviously a CA Pinot, albeit a very good one.
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  • 1998 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combes aux Moines Vieille Vigne - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
    -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted a single pour blind --

    Lovely, savory aromatics – celery seed; spirity red fruits; deep cherry; expressive. Medium-light bodied, with flavors of woodsy spice and medicinal red berries; wonderful acidity; 13.5% alc. not noticeable; red-fruited and spicy. Excellent.

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Dessert
  • NV Rey Fernando de Castilla Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Palo Cortado "Antique" - Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry
    -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted a couple pours non-blind --

    Very solid Palo Cortado here. Tawny/salinic nose. Medium-full bodied. Strong bite on the palate; pecan flavor; dry.
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  • 1963 Fonseca Porto Vintage - Portugal, Douro, Porto
    -- double-decanted before the event --
    -- tasted a couple pours blind --

    Slight bricking throughout. Nose is very expressive, with tons of mint and of a touch of greenness. Medium-full to full bodied. Very spirity on the palate; loads of mint; pipe tobacco; dry; fruit is fading. Excellent.



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