Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sunday Wine Supper at Friend's House

Last Sunday, we were invited to our friend's house in Venice for "Sunday wine supper".

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She made the awesome Coq Au Vin and Gratin Dauphinois for the night. They were so delicious and amazing!

There were 6 of us, and we opened 10 fantastic wines!

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2007 Benjamin Leroux, Auxey-Duresses...I feel lucky that I got to taste this superb wine again since last week.
2008 Shibumi Knoll, Chardonnay, Buena Tierra Vineyard, Russian Valley...This was the only "non-Burgundian" wine tonight and was a serious Chardonnay. I was very impressed.
2004 Francois Mikulski, Meursault...Since it's establishment in 1991, Mikulski has become one of the top domaines of Meursault. Very balanced citrus fruit and earthiness.
2007 Domaine Ramonet, Puligny-Montrachet...Although Ramonet is best known for its Chassagne, they make the really outstanding Puligny also. It's still at its youth (obviously), but I was quite blown away by the complete beauty of this "village" Puligny. Ramonet never lets you down.
2000 Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot, Volnay...Great balance of berry fruits, spice, and acidity. Earthy tobacco. It actually did make the very nice mariage with the fresh strawberries.
2006 Domaine Robert Chevillon, Nuits-Saint-Georges...Chevillon is always true to N-S-G. Rich palate, earthy, perfume. Nice balance. Average 40-year-0ld vines, from the parcels right below 1er cru vineyards such as Les Pruliers and Les Proces.
2005 Domaine Chevalier, Ladoix 1er Cru, "Les Corvees"...Since our visit to the domaine, I enjoy Ladoix with higher appreciation. Beautifully smooth and balanced. Cherry, brown butter, spice, wet soil. Very soft and elegant. Very terroir-oriented.
1996 Domaine Denis Mortet, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, "Laboux St-Jacques"...His wines always have the great aging potential. The wine has developed the nice bouquet and balance after 14 years of aging. Dark cherry, leather, earth, smooth tannins.
2004 Louis Jadot, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, "Clos Saint-Jacques"...Right next to Laboux St-Jacques 1er Cru. I've been having good luck with 2004 vintages this year (especially from Cote de Nuits) , but this was a bit sleepy tonight. So, I decanted it "Kami no Shizuku" style, but it was still sleepy, although the wine had all the nice elements in it.
1996 Frederic Esmonin, Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru...Esmonin is one of the top domaines of Gevrey-Chambertin, although they started domaine-bottling only since 1988 (until then, they were selling the grapes to Leroy, Jadot, Drouhin, etc.) Average 40-year-old vine. Fruit is still fresh on the palate. Beautiful balance of cherry, spice, acid, and earthiness.

Wow, we drank so well!