Sunday, December 12, 2021

Last night wines

Last night wines

Last night at the restaurant we had a big party and these were the wines the team and I opened, tasted, and served.  

Krug Champagne Vintage Brut 2006

A blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier, Krug 2006 exhibits a clear champagne robe with fast crystalline bubbles. Fine, elegant nose, boasting crisp, bight floral and mineral aromas mingling with yellow stone-fruit and toasted notes. The palate is refined and finely chiseled, focused, rich and layered, with sharp acidity and a long silky finish. Loved it, yet a bit young in my opinion, it will definitely benefit from a few more years of cellaring to fully express its full potential. Not as intense and expressive as 2004, now, but will definitely be a great contender in the years to come.

Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru "Foret" 2018

Beautifully crafted and elegant, light to medium-bodied, yet complex and structured, very fragrant and enticing right from the opening, offering attractive aromas of white flowers, citrus peel, agrumes, and stony minerality, enhanced by a razor-sharp acidity, bringing tension and precision along the expanding palate, till the end of the long-lasting finish. Highly recommended.

Maison Louis Latour Bâtard-Montrachet 2016
Interestingly, (and sorry if I offend anyone), my first reaction, at the opening, was: "It smells and tastes like popcorn in a bottle!". Rich, creamy, ample, well rounded, and layered with lots and lots of buttery aromas, yellow fruits, vanilla, brioche, and toasted notes. Maybe the results of the 8 to 10 months ageing in 100% new oak barrels. You've got to love butteriness to fully appreciate it. I will have love to see more minerality, acidity, and crispness to bring more elegance, refinement, and focus to this wine.

Château Palmer Margaux 2009
I love Palmer, but too young to drink now. Made from 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot, it boasts very ripe, almost jammy, dark and red fruits aromas and flavors, mingling with woody, earthy and floral notes. Rich and layered, yet offering more upfront than in the finish. Where is the elegance referred to by many critics? Maybe just a phase. A few more years will tell.

Cheers! Santé!


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