Monday, June 3, 2024

LeDomduVin: Another "Trio de Choc"

Another "Trio de Choc"

I opened, tasted, and served these bottles over the weekend.

Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne 2012

Compared to the 2015 vintage I opened a few days ago, which was dry, crisp, light, and zesty, the 2012 is an absolute powerhouse: generous, opulent, rich and dense, complex and layered.

A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, this superb champagne offers rich and complex aromas of yellow and stone fruits mingling with warm toasted brioche notes and mineral nuances, developing from the nose to the chewable lingering finish. Absolutely loved it!

Where I found the 2015 needed some food, like oysters, the 2012 is a complete meal on its own. So satisfying!

Vincent Dancer Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru "Tete du Clos" 2014

It was my first time tasting this wine, and this producer, I did not know.

It boasted a rich, deep yellow color. The nose was also rich and intense, displaying stone fruits, yellow apples, wheat, and stony earthiness combined with a haystack's “farm” scents. The palate was dense and ample, textured and structured, with the same aromas as on the nose, yet amplified by a saline, savory note. This wine was both interesting and intriguing.

It tasted like some of those "natural" wines. These barnyard, farmy notes are surely the result of his organic vineyards and hands-off approach in the cellar. His wines are fermented with wild yeasts, aged in barrel for 12-18 months, and bottled without fining or filtration. Tasting this wine triggered the need to taste more of his wines.

Domaine Tortochot Chambertin Grand Cru 2015

In the late 1990s, Chantal Tortochot-Michel took over from her father, Gabriel. She revitalized the estate and improved the winemaking processes to produce a range of vibrant, complex, yet approachable, fruit-forward wines that have the potential to age well.

This 2015 was an ode to the prestigious Chambertin vineyard. Advanced, light brownish color in the glass. Expressive nose, boasting aromas of black and red berries, licorice, and leather, with hints of spice and earth and mineral nuances. The palate is smooth, silky, leathery, earthy, well-balanced, and long. Loved it! It is a "classic" Burgundy.

Cheers! Santé!


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