the weekend’s duo… (week 21 2023)

Update 30.5.2023(29.5.2023)billn

week 21 2023 - some wines...It’s been a while since I introduced some real bottles to you – there have been many others of-course (below) – and, unfortunately, it will be short while before there will be more!

I now face two weeks of antibiotics due to tick-borne borreliosis – or Lyme disease. Fortunately, I don’t feel like I have any disease!

Amusingly, given that I spend so much time in the woods and hills on trails (jogging!) here was, it seems, a cat-borne tick to which I was introduced whilst sitting in the garden!

2016 Chablisienne / Château Grenouilles, Chablis-Grenouilles
A nose of waxy citrus – edged towards lemon – with an obvious mineral component too. In the mouth, we have a large-scale wine – generous to the point of rich – but silkily textured and sustaining a very long finish. I’d prefer less richness but it’s a very tasty wine all the same – as we could see by the lack of longevity for this (overly heavy!) bottle.
Rebuy – Maybe

2002 Nicolas Potel, Chambertin
Ah – remember the days? I tasted here pre-bottling and immediately placed an order: 6 Chambertin, 6 Malconsorts, 6 Petits Ponts, 6 Gaudichots and 12 Aloxe Boutières. Quite expensive I thought – at ~€1,500 – of course, that’s probably the price of just 3 Chambertin today! This, I think, the last of those 6. There may be a Gaudichots and a Malconsorts who survive – but probably not more…
Hmm – a nose to sink into – this Chambertin is ready! A round impression on the palate – depth and richness – quite a match with the Grenouilles! Tons of sweetness to this fruit and still framed with a tiny tannin – though most of the latter has clearly been transformed to sediment – or earth – as it’s quite granular. Such a delicious, wonderful smelling thing. A glass escaped outright (day 1) consumption to make it into day 2, where the aromas were less involving and more beefy – but the flavour retained its vigour and length. A super wine.
Rebuy – Yes

Some bottles of the last weeks where words escaped me 🙂

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 2 responses to “the weekend’s duo… (week 21 2023)”

  1. phillip eaves31st May 2023 at 4:48 amPermalinkReply

    Wow Bill. Lyme disease that’s nasty, stay strong cheers Phil

  2. MdMdlV31st May 2023 at 10:00 amPermalinkReply

    Sorry to hear about the pussy induced Lyme thing Bill. Trust the antibios will do the trick. Might have to look more critically at our our own furry creature, currently bed snoozing as is his wont after his latest nocturnal roamings & assault on the local ducking population !

    On a separate note how was the Berthaut 2005 Fixin if you have words 🙂 ? Ask this as I’ve largely kept mitts off my 05’s, other than a handful of lesser terroir bottles, viewing the vintage as one for serious long term keepers. Some drinking dates I’ve seen suggested for Amelie’s wines though (not 2005) suggest her style might allow for earlier drinking hence my interest. Thanks.

    • billn31st May 2023 at 11:41 amPermalinkReply

      I keep occasionally dipping into the 05s – okay, I think more than occasionally – I started with about 40 mixed cases – I’m sure I’ve less than a quarter of that now!

      Re the Berthaut – it was Denis that made this one – but here’s a wine that’s both powerful but very approachable too – no hard edges and was very much enjoyed. For the classically tight 05 I may open a Volnay from Dubreuil-Fontaine – in another 12-13 days! When last tasted a couple of years ago it was seemingly turning the corner…

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