Sunday, December 12, 2021
Some of the wines I opened, tasted, and served last night.
Bollinger PN VZ 16 (Blanc de Noirs)
This 100% Pinot Noir, crafted with 50% Vin de Reserve (reserve wine) and 50% from the 2016 vintage, from grapes harvested in vineyards located in Verzenay (abbreviated as VZ), is crisp, elegant, refined, rich, complex, and layered, with baked apple, yellow stone-fruit, fresh almond, viennoiserie, and mineral notes. Fresh and festive.
Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Clavoillon" 2018
Undoubtedly one of my favorite producers for the past 30 years, I can only praise this beautiful wine, elegant and refined, rather light and timid, and probably too young to drink, yet, still delivering finesse, precision, structure, and focus, with notes of white flowers, yellow stone-fruit, toast, and fresh almonds, mingling with minerality and zesty acidity. Lovely. (Decanted 10 minutes before serving to give a boost)
Domaine de la Vougeraie Bâtard-Montrachet 2014
Wow! What a wine! There is something quite special and unique about this wine, where razor-sharp limey acidity collides with bright and mouth-watering minerality to enhance the precise and finely layered, structured, and textured expanding palate, boasting fresh lime, white flowers, stone's dew, yellow fruit, and toasted notes. Perfectly balanced, harmonious, and integrated. Looooved it. (Decanted 20 minutes before serving).
Domaine Anne Gros Clos-Vougeot Grand Cru "Le Grand Maupertui" 2002
Fragile and feminine, slightly shy at the opening, it rapidly opened up, unveiling an elegantly floral nose with bright red cherry fruit, stony minerality, and earthy notes. The palate is rather light, yet, bright, chiseled, balanced, complex, satiny, tangy, and earthy at the same time. Beautifully bred and very attractive.
Cheval Blanc Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2001
Like the last few times, it showed wonderfully. Extremely satisfying after 30 minutes of opening. Elegant, with a velvety texture, medium body, and beautiful fruit mingling with floral and herbal, earthy notes. Gorgeous savoriness.
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