Hello and welcome to the first blog from the Cellars, informing you about some of the exceptional wines we tried at our tasting – starting with the ever popular Burgundy tasting we hosted at the cellars on Wednesday 28th August. We had a full house on Wednesday night so apologises to anyone who left it too late to get a ticket.
Burgundy is one of my favourite areas of wine for taste, complexity and interesting aromas but not for price! We started off the tasting with two stunning entry-level white Burgundys:
Potel Aviron Macon Villages 2011 £11.99 and La Bouette de Bourgogne NV £13.99
The Macon had good clean, fresh acidity with some notes of tropical fruits creeping through and a delicate hint of butter and toast from a small amount of oak.
La Bouette really stood out as one of the best value for money wines around, especially when it comes to Burgundy. 4 different barrels – 2 from Meursault, one from Fixin and one barrel of rare Pinot Blanc which creates an immense amount of flavour, lead by rich vanilla, toast, walnut and ripe apples, blossom and banana.
Next we moved up the scale with Domaine Billaud Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2004 £39.99 and Domaine Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots 2008 £59.99
The common thought that Chablis starts to fade within a couple of years was thrown out the window with an excellent example from Billaud Simon, still showing mouth-watering acidity and clean minerality with enough power and intensity to last another 5-10 years.
The Meursault from Jobard was the winner for me with the whites. Bold and powerful and lacking subtlety– just the way I like white Burgundy! Typical golden Meursault colour with aromas of caramel, toast, cream, brioche and bacon fat (yes, bacon fat!) and plenty of fruit aromas like peach, apricot, and apples. Not for everyday drinking but perfect for a special occasion.
First two reds were from the Cote de Beaune: Domaine Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Bressandes 2008 £29.00 and Christophe Buisson Auxey Duresses 2010 £22.99
The Beaune was beautifully soft and elegant with some of the most delicate tannins. The smooth wild strawberry fruit aromas were uplifted by a hint of leather and smoke of the finish. All too drinkable!
One of the slightly lesser known regions Auxey Duresses sits just to the west of Meursault and offers fantastic value. This one from a new producer showed some jammy red cherries and hints of mint, game and smoke.
Our last two wines were both from the Cote de Nuit: Maison Roche de Bellene Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2001 (Magnum) £70.00 and Domaine Lamarche La Grand Rue Grand Cru Monopole 2006 £129.99
A rare mature parcel from Nicolas Potel’s new project, Roche de Bellene, showed incredible soft red fruits with plenty of secondary oak aromas, truffle and leather. If you can’t manage a Magnum, don’t worry there is a limited amount in stock of the standard bottle size too!
Then, saving the best til last, a very special Monopole (single ownership) Grand Cru from the famous village of Vosne Romanee, with other wines like Romanee-Conti and la Tache just next-door costing over £1000 a bottles this one is a steal. It has serious concentration and is displaying layers of red cherries, raisins, truffle, smoke, meat, spice, leather and mint. This was still a young wine and will develop further over the next 10-15 years.
If the wines weren’t enough we complimented them some very tasty cheese from the Arch House Deli in Clifton Village, a big thank you to them for their wonderful selection.
On our next tasting on Wednesday 25th September we’ll be exploring the differences between New World and Old World with comparisons of Chardonnay, Riesling, Malbec and Shiraz/Syrah. Come and decide for yourself which countries do it the best only £25 per ticket. Starting at 7pm at the Culver Street Cellars, expect some surprises!
Thanks for reading our first blog!