Two lovely mid-week wines, both eminently ‘recommendable’ but the Gueguen comes first on a scale of absolute deliciousness!
2014 Gueguen, Bourgogne Côtes d’Auxerre Chardonnay
A pale lemon-yellow colour. It’s a fresh nose, and honestly, if I told you it was a nice crisp Chablis with a hint of salinity and some citrus fruit – you would believe me. Bright, pretty citrus, mouth-watering with that sweetness and (in this case a modest) minerality that I associate with Chablis. Modest in length but so über-tasty. Deliciously perfect Summer wine – really!
Rebuy – Yes
2006 Albert Bichot, Beaune 1er Champimonts
Cold from the fridge, there’s more than a suggestion of vanilla to these aromatics, but as it warms, those barrel notes disappear completely – what remains is a lovely, dark, sour-cherry impression, padded with faint violet notes – nice! This rolls over the tongue in fine fashion – like the nose, the fruit offers an attractive sour-cherry character, freshness and a nicely delivered acidity that welds flavour to your gums in the finish. Really tasty and really attractive wine as it comes to its 10th birthday – no rush either, this is still a baby! Excellent.
Rebuy – Yes
There is one response to “a mid-week pair, gueguen and bichot…”
Having it cold from the fridge seems odd. If the grape is pinot noir I presume it is an extremely light red.
Well, compared to anything from Bordeaux or Barossa, I suppose it’s light red, but it’s normal, medium, medium-plus colured pinot. When it’s b30 degrees, I much, much prefer my reds to be cooled in the fridge before drinking – it comes to temperature quickly enough in the glass – indeed, still too quickly – but a bit too cool is eminently better than too warm, I really don’t think much of any wine when it gets to , say 22+ ….