Wednesday, March 22, 2023

LeDomduVin: Tasting Session

Tasting session 

I selected these wines for an event coming up soon and we tasted them today, for the lunch, as a pre-event food & wine pairing tasting session. 

I was confident that they will taste well, as I tried them all before, yet, they showed even better than I remembered. 

More especially La Mission Haut-Brion 2012, showed beautifully after 2 hours of decanting, while I had some concerns as it is a lesser vintage and still tasted very tight less than a year ago.

Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain NV

Nice, soft, gentle, simple, clean, quaffable, nothing extravagant, just a good entry-level Champagne.

Domaine William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros “Côte Bouguerots” 2016

Light yellow color with green nuances. Fresh, clean nose, mineral, white and yellow stone fruits, lemony aromas, with light buttery notes. Fresh, clean, and zesty on the palate, focus and steely with razor-sharp acidity, balanced, light and limpid, cleansing. Loved it. 

Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru “Les Referts” 2019

Attractive pale golden color. Beautiful nose with mineral, floral, and white stone fruits aromas, with some yellow fruits nuances. The palate is dense, ample, generous, nicely expanding, and coating, with that mineral glycerin sensation that makes you salivate and want more of it. Gorgeous wine. Loved it. 

Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Leognan 2012

2+ hours of decanting and a few more swirls in the glass were necessary for this sleeping beauty to reveal itself, but when it did, it showed all the complexity, charm, elegance, and distinction La Mission is known for. Rich, complex, layered, long, satisfying, and fulfilling. Loved it. 

And, once again, it comforted the fact that great Bordeaux can be made even in lesser vintages if you’re patient enough to give them a chance. 

In any case, both Chateau Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, which are my favorite Bordeaux, always take 10-15 years to reach their ideal window of drinkability and can last for decades after that. 

Once again, I was really pleased with my selection and everyone at the table concurred. 

Cheers! Santé! 


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