Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Burgundy tasting

We had the tasting on Friday evening, and ran it into Saturday, by which stage there was, sadly, very little left for glugging by yours truly on Saturday night. All four, I have to say were tasting really well at their respective levels, reports as follows:

Hamelin Chablis 2007 - new vintage just in and is typically textbook Chablis from Hamelin, if lacking a little concentration, by comparison with 2006. However, this is a lovely drink, medium bodied, red apples and citrus flavours, fresh, zingy acidity and a nice mineral finish. ver nice indeed.

Montagny 1er Cru 2007, Laurent Cognard - wasn't everyone's favourite (maybe by comaprison with the Chavy wines that followed), but I love this wine. It has wonderful purity, slight honey notes as he goes for ripeness, but with excellent balance - fresh acidity, ripe fruit and minerality all in abundance and a long, elegant finish. A wine to savour and one of my favourites of the moment.

Meursault Narvaux 2006, Philippe Chavy - wonderful, expressive nose, deepish colour. Full-bodied, ripe fruit, quite a bit of oak showing and spicy on the finish. Wonderful balance and length though. Could do with a couple of years in the cellar, but no hardship now either.

Puligny Montrachet 2006, Philippe Chavy - a suave effort from Philippe this year, very correct. Nervy acidity and ripe fruit are their in abundance and the the oak sitting quietly in the back, minding its own business (as it should). Drinking very nicely for one so young...

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