Feb
23

A Trio of slightly aged Red Burgundy 01-03-15

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The pursuit of superb red Burgundy is such a challenge.  It really is hard to imagine a more elusive, fickle grape variety than Pinot Noir, even those from its home turf in Burgundy.

In a recent discussion with a wine friend & whose palate I greatly admire, I was amazed at how he diligently spends so much time looking for flaws & imperfections in wine.  Well, one would have such a hard time looking for pure perfection in wines, especially in Burgundy.

I, on the other hand, now look whether I enjoyed the wine or not, a little brettanomyces, or a huge dollop of oak or not, especially in Burgundy.

Which brings us to the 2 red Burgundies we recently tasted, which we enjoyed, flaws & all.

2000 Domaine Maume Charmes Chambertin  b4

I don’t think the Burgundies of Domaine Maume were or are on too many top 10 lists.  There are many possible reasons for that, but the fact is, I tend to enjoy their idiosyncratic, more rustic, old style approach to their Gevrey Chambertin based Pinot Noirs.  I was amazed watching their wine ferment in underground cement tanks, unlike those in so many other luxury domaines.  The wines have a musky masculinity & a deep, resounding stoniness woven throughout the wine which sets it apart.  Maume has 2 Grand Cru parcels–1 in Mazis Chanbertin & the other in Charmes Chambertin.  2000 certainly had its challenges for many producers & their resulting wines, but I don’t care about that in this case.  I enjoyed this wine.  It was like seeing an old friend again.  I was saddened to hear that this domaine sold a little while back, which made tasting this wine even more memorable. I am sure what once was, may be only a memory shortly.  Change is inevitable at this domaine.

aa031998 Leroy Clos Vougeot

1998 was yet another vintage with its challenges.  I remember once hearing a winemaker say “anyone can make a really good wine in great vintages.  It’s those challenging vintages which really shows the true skill of a master“.  This wine had wonderful perfume & pedigree…..& definitely Grand Cru in character. There is a lot happening in this bottle & one can understand why Leroy has such a huge reputation for their wines.  The biggest challenge for me is the price tag, so I am most thankful for having the opportunity to even try this superstar cuvee.

1989 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne Romanee “Cros Parantoux” 

One of the true iconic collectibles from Burgundy today!  I have tried in vain to write something logical, coherent about this wine & still express something that is not expressible to me.  So….instead, here are some excerpts from  to the rescue–

http://winehog.org/cros-parantoux-soft-spot-richebourg-21033/

Categories : Red, Wine, Wines Revisted

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