chocolate bunnies, decanter, 02 charlemagne & 88 chambolle charmes

Update 8.4.2010(4.4.2010)billn


That’s it, enough chocolate for today; 120g of ‘Grand Cru Croquant’ Easter rabbit – a nice 70% ‘Cacao Hispaniola’ – and very nice too, particularly with 5% tiny almond nougat pieces adding a crunch to the texture. The more industrial chocolate of a Lindt bunny awaits – maybe tomorrow!

Anyway a few things in this entry. Coming back to my note on Decanter’s ‘April Fool Fun’ perhaps the fool was on them: I looked in the morning to see that there was a not so funny story about North Korea buying all the second wine of Latour from the 2009 vintage, I didn’t have time to read it all so decided to return. At lunchtime – nothing – only an empty entry still in the RSS feed. Later there was an apology, apparently because too many people believed the story. I guess I kind of understand, given that they live by their advertising, and a lot of that advertising comes from the ‘Châteaux’, but no winners there…

Back to wine, and a couple of Easter Saturday bottles. In my ‘spirit’ of drinking up ‘older’ whites – which in the current oxidative era that we find ourselves means anything older than 5 years, here’s another. And drunk just in time it would appear.

2002 Antonin Guyon, Corton-Charlemagne
My last of these, the previous two were rather oxidised. Medium gold. The nose has hints of toffee – a sort of tarte tartin – lots of depth, and yes it’s just tending to oxidation, but to this minor extent I can live with it. Width, decent acidity and good intensity. The length has hints of oxidative notes that to a certain extent compromise the finish but there are also nice creamy hints with waxy lanolin. Drinkable.
Rebuy – No

1988 Camille Giroud, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes
Medium colour. The nose starts in that Italian (many years in barrel) botti vernacular, it really needs at least an hour for that to fade, below it builds a core of dried fruits, above is some faintly volatile floral notes. In the mouth there’s a cushioned, slightly padded level of tannin and a very interesting intensity of mature fruit flavours in the mid-plate. The finish is understated but long. Interesting rather than ‘great’, but very much enjoyed.
Rebuy – Yes

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