Been working weekend on and off on the ole bank laptop hence decided suitable reward was justified Sunday evening with the added bonus of watching the English batsmen wallop Australia all round Bridgetown, Barbados cricket ground to win the world 20:20 whilst Millie, our ageing pedigree Ragdoll cat, purred on my lap.
First up Domaine Larue, 2002, St Aubin 1er cru Murgers des Dents de Chien. 3rd bottle of a full case of this bought en primeur from OW Loeb of London, recently pulled from bond. Subdued nose but hawthorn blossom and cream vanilla. Mid to pale gold. Initial stony minerality then a burst of mouth filling front palate richness, green appley fruits, tinned pineapple, over a chalky, dusty base. Lingering finish. Very good indeed. Lots to this. I love the terroir and like Larue for their under the radar q p r and subtle, slightly austere, mineral, wth good acidity, true to the terroir, wines.
Next, avec boeuf borguignon, Domaine Rene Engel, 1997, Vosne-Romanee 1er cru Les Brulees. This is in a nice phase moving into a secondary place. Decanted 30-45 minutes, fading watery, pale ruby, cloudy rim. Big nose, very vegetal, mushroom , compost, sous bois, cold black coffe hints & Vosne spice. Super cool blackberry fruit palate, totally together, no rough edges at all, maybe on the down slope but a lovely cool, complex, fruity drink onto very slightly noticeable drying tannins. Maybe at it's best a year or two back with more depth/body. This is gving me more with every sip. Nowhere does Pinot Noir like this than the Cote D'Or. Such a sad event that so talented a wine maker like Philippe Engel is no longer with us.
Finally, maybe should be on another thread, but 'er indoors finished off my V & F Jouard 2002 Chass-Mon 1er cru Maltroie from last night and invited me to taste. This had shown all the signs of prem-ox yesterday. But, cor blimey wow, what a difference overnight in the fridge for the last fifth of the bottle. Am kicking myself for not following my own previously Bill's site posted mantra of decanting white burgs if looking dodgy. This even seemed to have changed colour to a lighter, less orange, appearance. Still tasted atypically Jouard new oaky but otherwise was a lovely drink of creamy fruit and minerality. Very yummy. Know what I'm doing now with my remaining 2 bottles of Jouard 02 C-M 1er cru Chaumees !! If these guys throttled back on the oak a little these would be knock out.