some week 48 wines…



I’m sitting at home today with a virus, but I have to be thankfull for its timing, because Saturday was a great night of wines with friends – more from that (maybe) tomorrow. My nose chose to close only on Sunday night! And provided my nose re-opens in time for next Monday’s return to Beaune for my last week of tastings, I’ll count my lucky stars!

This was a lovely group of wines from the modest to the virtual cult!

The 2014 Louis Max, Mercurey Clos de la Marche is drinking better than any villages Mercurey has the right to just now – everybody loved it – well done! Then there was the 2014 Gravité by Anne-Marie & Jean-Marc Vincent, a cuvée of selected old vines – complex, with plenty muscle, energy and great texture – really a special wine.

Then came the 1985 Bertagna, Vougeot 1er Clos de la Perrière– this was a very good old wine, but with emphasis on the old. This particular bottle was tasty but on the way down – quite a contrast to the last that I opened which was from every single aspect, a beauty to behold. Versus that last bottle, this mustered no more than 5/10!

My last wine, I describe as a cult wine, but only because almost nobody gets to buy them – the domaine has only 4 climats – 3 are 1er cru and one villages, and all in Chassagne – oh and they extend over just 1.2 hectares! The 2013 Lamy-Caillat, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Champs Gains exudes quality right from my piercing of the wax-topped bottle with the corkscrew, to draining the last of its complex but beautifully and balanced and weighted flavour. This was really top-quality Chassagne – not padded by wood or other make-up. Really a super bottle. I can’t wait to pay a visit…

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