Thursday, May 30, 2024

LeDomduVin: Cristal 2015, Droin Hommage à Louis 2021 & Haut-Brion 2008

Last night's wines: Cristal 2015, Droin Hommage à Louis 2021 & Haut-Brion 2008

I opened and served these wines for a private dinner.

Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne 2015

Light, refreshing, crisp, with razor-sharp acidity, it is satisfying but better with food (oysters, for example).

Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin Chablis Grand Cru "Hommage à Louis" 2021

Strangely, I would have loved to like it, but I found it a bit dull and lacking in substance, with a short finish. It's definitely not up to the standard of a Grand Cru, in my opinion. Too bad. I will need to revisit it with a new bottle to check if it was just a problem with this particular bottle.

PS: For those who did not know this Cuvée from Droin, it is a special Cuvée. It is supposed to be the pinnacle of Droin wines and one of Chablis's finest grand cru Cuvée. The name pays homage to "Louis Droin", who bought this plot in 1920. It was used for the first time for the 2020 vintage. It is a plot on "Les Clos" adjoining "Valmur", so normally It should be beautiful. And I like their wines in general. But this particular bottle, no. That's why I said I should taste it again; perhaps it was a bottle that suffered. However, the cork was good, as was the appearance and the nose. On the other hand, the taste was really disappointing: no substance, complexity, or length in the palate.

Chateau Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan 2008

My tasting is biased because Haut-Brion is my favorite Bordeaux wine. Yet, again, it showed wonderfully. I loved it. It was opened for 1h30 before serving, and there was no decanting. It was perfect. It was so smooth and silky yet textured and structured, complex and rich yet elegant and sophisticated. It was really pleasurable.

Cheers! Santé!


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