The usual suspects...
... as, once again, I had the chance to serve them, again, last night.
Krug Grande Cuvée 170ème Édition Champagne Brut NV
Bright, crisp, fresh, gentle, extremely approachable and exquisitely refreshing. Love it. Fresher and lighter than the 169ème Édition in my opinion. Crafted out of 195 wines from 12 different years, of which the youngest is 2014... amazing, isn't it? And that's just Krug's entry level champagne!!! Mind-boggling if you ask me.
Bouchard Père et fils Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Champ Gain" 2018
Clean, pale yellow colour. Light, fresh and delicate nose with lemon and yellow fruits and floral notes mingling with chalky stones and mineral nuances. Harmonious and integrated, very balanced, good structure and texture, yet light and gracious on its feet like a ballerina. I just opened it about 30 minutes prior to serving it, left it in the bottle, no decanting, and it showed wonderfully.
Maison Louis Latour Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2008
Tasted a few months ago, I was left perplexed as it was not as good as expected. Last night was a good opportunity to revisit it. Intense golden yellow colour, (âge or oxidation ?). Muted nose at the opening, with oxidative and reductive notes, slightly "sherry-esk", nutty notes. I decanted it to aerate it. The nose opened up, the oxidative notes gave way to melon and peach aromas mingling with dry yellow apple and hay notes, slight buttery and woody nuances. After about 1 hour, despite slightly oxidative notes, it was quite good: rich, ample, coating, layered, long-lasting and overall fairly complex and refined.
Chateau La Conseillante Pomerol 2004
I was a bit sceptical at first due to the vintage, as 2004 was not a great vintage in Bordeaux, overall, rather light, tight and tannic. Yet, some Châteaux did well, more especially on the right bank, where the early ripening Merlot and Cabernet Franc did much better than the Cabernet Sauvignon of the left bank. La Conseillante is one of them. On the light side, yet, showing elegance and character, with dark fruits, cassis, earth, floral, spice, sandalwood and graphite notes, expanding through the light-weight, yet consistent and balanced palate.
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