weekend wines – week 34


Quite a ‘classical’ weekend selection:

More concise reflections/recollections than full tasting notes:

The Faiveley 2000 Mazis-Chambertin wore a normal Faiveley label to the front, but a Tastevinage label to the rear. This opened up very slowly from an ultra-discreet start to something that opened out ever-wider on the palate. Not an amazingly complex wine, and not a hairy-chested Mazis either – but really a tasty and surprisingly elegant one – even the sediment was tasty 🙂
Next up, the 2007 Clos des Epeneaux – decanted! This started as typical direct, sinewy Clos des Epeneaux – typically unyielding. About 30+ minutes in the decanter and it was starting to become more friendly and certainly more interesting.
Similarly the 2007 Forge de Tart was also decanted – in this case to aerate and hopefully reduce aromatic and flavour aspects imparted by the wood elevage. It needed at least 30 minutes to have some effect, but I must say that, eventually, this was my favourite wine of three – really a fine and complex nose, a wine of power and enjoyment. Yum!

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There is one response to “weekend wines – week 34”

  1. Nick Martin4th September 2016 at 6:50 pmPermalinkReply

    Very keen on Forge 07, but ‘proper’ 07s seem to be needing more and more time. Forge really is a slice of the alma mater for relatively little if you can find it in the grey market where it sells for roughly half the importer’s RRP. Forge 08 superb too, one for the future.

    On the subject of 07s, Follin Arbelet’s RSV was like attempting to taste an iron fist 6 months ago, with a tight core of painful intensity. Feels like it’s be totally amazing in another decade or two! 07s underestimated?

    • billn6th September 2016 at 3:00 pmPermalinkReply

      Hi Nick
      The Forge is super, but only with aeration – it’s really a very woody thing when first opened – thereafter, ever more classy. I had a similar (RSV) experience with Camille Giroud’s Chapelle-Chambertin about 18 months ago – but believe me it is really singing this week, almost to the same extent of Giroud’s 07 Cazetiers.
      The average 07 is a ripe but blurred wine – but the best ones are quite fine and beginning to open a little, I think…

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