Friday, March 25, 2011

Wines of Burgundy - Table 1:5

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The Wines of Burgundy tasting in Toronto this past Tuesday was, as written earlier, a fantastic look at a wide range of producers. What I found a bit confusing was the emphasis on producer - tables were separated by each Domaine showing a range of their wines. As I always attempt to navigate these tastings on an appellation basis, I was a bit thrown off by this arrangement. Therefore, I began by hopping tables and tasting Chablis first - the tasting was so crowded that selective tasting was almost impossible, and I was forced to go table to table. Wines were tasted according to producer, important to keep in mind as you go through my notes. To keep things easier for myself, I'm going to compile my notes the same way - by producer. Allons-y

Bouchard Père & Fils

2008 Meursault: oaky nose, minerals, lean fruit; sweet on the palate, lots of primary oak
2008 Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot 1er Cru: rose petals, earth and sour fruit bouquet; elegant and very silky in texture, showing the beauty of Volnay; my favourite wine of the tasting
2008 Monthélie: earth and spicy fruit, smoky red fruit; lean and slightly coarse in texture, structured

Domaine William Fèvre

2009 Chablis: ripe and floral fruit, almost tropical with creamy oak; ripe palate, crunchy texture, great acid; drinking great now, exuberant
2008 Chablis Les Lys 1er Cru: greenish nose, minerals, lean fruit; high acid, slightly creamy oak on the palate

La Chablisienne

2009 Pas Si Petit Petit Chablis: ripe, oaky, forward nose; structured palate, alcohol showing on finish
Vieilles Vignes Chablis Les Vénérables: floral, woodsy oak, clean fruit

Chanson Père & Fils

2008 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes 1er Cru: slight oak on the nose, clean fruit, but palate is showing lots of primary oak; needs lots of time
2007 Beaune Clos des Fèves Monopole 1er Cru: very ripe fruit, slightly jammy; palate is a bit macerated, lean structure
2007 Pernand-Vergelesses Les Vergelesses 1er Cru: oaky, creamy, lean palate; less than exciting

Chartron & Trébuchet

2008 Pouilly-Fuissé La Chapelle: well balanced fruit, lean citrus, great chardonnay character; creamy texture, needs a few years but this is very good
2008 Meursault: caramel candy type aroma from the oak, which follows on the palate; is this wine or candy?!

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