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Chardonnay (5/11)

2nd Tuesday

Theme : Chardonnay that makes you smile...

1 from Uruguay, 1 from Australia, 2 from Washington State, 8 from California, and 12 from France. 


Chateau Randle. Blind Tasting.

Group bliind preferences:

1.  Maltroye Chassagne Montrachet '08 (MG)

2.  Boudreaux Chard '08 (Duesenberg)

2.  Benovia La Pommeraie Chard '09 (Lagonda)

3.  Logan Chard '08 (Tucker)

4.  Tremblay "Vaudesir" Grand Cru Chablis '08 (Triumph)

5.  de la Greffiere Macon La Roche Vineuse '09 (Lambert)

6.  Cote Bonneville Chard '08 (Austin Healey)

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Wine of the Year (12/10)

2nd Tuesday

This was our 8th year doing Wine of the Year in December. Always an unknown treat.

Chateau Randle. Blind Tasting.

Group Preference.

1. '02 Trefethen Cab Sauv Oak Knoll District 14.1% (Pegasus)

2. '06 Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 14.5% (Odysseus)

3. '09 Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu 13% (Silenus)

3. 'nv Earl Peillot Montagnieu Bugey 12% (Daedulus)

4. '07 Cristom Pinot Noir Mount Jefferson 13.5% (Cadmus)

5. '08 Domaine Mugneret Bourgogne Rouge Vieilles Vignes 12% (Achilles)

5. '08 Zepaltas Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Suacci Vyd 13.7% (Hector)

6. '04 Bressan Schiopettino 13.7% (Athena)

7. '07 Daou Celestus Paso Robles 13.7% (Poseidon)

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French Blanc Salon @ Aquarelle


Burgundy Blanc One

  • 1992 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
    Terrific acidity and balance, with a ripe pear nose which developed into candied fruit as it warmed, this 18 year old premiere cru held up well. A medium gold color, it had good intensity and a soft palace with lots of flavors: bosc pear, granny smith apple, honey, caramel, honeysuckle, nectarine, citrus, some almond and nuttiness. Most tasters thought this still young and was a very good food wine. (92 pts.)
  • 2000 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
    Lots of minerality here, a light color and bright, with noticeable oak and good acidity. Some tasters detected a bit of oxidation, many thought it still young, especially as it had a short finish. Buttery with some green apple notes, along with the steely minerality, this grand cru had some elegance but the jury was out about whether it would improve much over time. (92 pts.)
  • 1990 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
    With a pronounced warm apple pie nose, this was a sweet, deep, soft, and spicy drink: comfort wine. Dark gold in color and with good acidity, there was some noticeable oak but this is a rich wine, both on the mid-palate and the finish. Lots of dried apple and pear, some butterscotch, tropical fruit, nutmeg, and lemon notes, it had amazing weight for a twenty year old CC. (94 pts.)
  • 1991 Joseph Drouhin Corton-Charlemagne - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
    A surprisingly good wine with one groip of tasters ranking it the best of this 8-bottle flight, and another the least favorite—there was no worst as all the wines here were exceptional. The detractors thought the wine fell a bit flat and was disjointed with some bitter lemon and bacon fat notes—enjoyable but ”narrow.” Most tasters really liked the nose, described variously as gorgeous, coconut, pasture, oaky, and floral. From a lesser vintage, the wine “surprised” most tasters with a huge, silky/creamy mouthfeel and a fruity, lemon, and hazelnut palate, and a bright finish: lots of finesse for a CC. (91 pts.)
  • 1991 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
    Very balanced, with power and intensity. This off-vintage chevalier was quite good, with great acidity, a milky nose, golden raisin, honey and lemon flavors (“lemon cream pie”), and gentle finish that lingered. (94 pts.)
  • 1990 Domaine Michel Niellon Bâtard-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
    Perhaps maderized but defintely flawed, it had some mango on the nose, a very acidic finish, some promising fruit, but all that funk--how sad. (FLAWED)
  • 1995 Blain-Gagnard Bâtard-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
    Slightly unresolved, youthful, and somewhat dumb, this bottle needed a few more years to come together. With an interesting nose of gunpowder and eucalyptus, a lot of acid on the palate, it improved over some time and gained some bright minerality and flavors of under-ripe pineapple and citrus. Most tasters thought this a good wine which would improve with time, or with some decanting from the bottle. (92 pts.)

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