Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Today's Wines

Wines from another wine dinner in our patio. Four of us opened 5 bottles.

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2007 Cesani, Vernacccia di San Gimignano (Toscana)...Perfect wine to start the evening. While many other producers make boring Vernaccia, Cesani does the artisan-style food-friendly wine with this grape. Floral aroma, pear, honey, herb, on the palate. Wonderfully fresh.

2005 Philippe Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Chaumees"...From north-western end of C-M. Very ripe impression. Mineral, brioche, fresh citrus, tropical. Beautifully balanced.

1988 Charles Mortet, Gevrey-Chambertin, "Clos Prieur"...Denis Mortet's father's lablel. The wine was made before Denis took over the domaine, but I heard it was actually Denis making most of Charles' wines in the late 80's. After 15 minutes in the glass, the wine started to open up with the sweet fruit character. Earth, spice, dry cherry, etc. Showing nicely.

1987 Domaine du Clos Frantin (Domaine Bichot), Clos de Vougeot...Clos Frantin is one of the two best domaines Bichot owns (the other is Long-Depaquit (Chablis). While Mortet's Gevrey-Chambertin showed the sweet fruit, this wine tasted drier (in terms of fruit intensity). Leather, coffee, animal, dark berry. Long finish. Excellent.

2003 Domaine Annick Parent, Volnay 1er Cru, "Fremiets"...Still very young and very ripe. Annick took over the estate from her father, Jean. Now, I hear she has retired, too. Terroir-oriented wine. Ripe fruit, earth, spice, long finish.