Knights of Burgundy, 44th dinner. November 19th 2009
Posted on 17/11/09 11:32
Meeting No: 44
Date: November 19th, 2009.
Theme: Vosne Romanee, Premier Cru; Chassagne Montrachet, Premier Cru.
Present: Sir Philip of Travelle, Sir Samuel of Pontifico, Sir Steven of Grammar, Sir Russell of Epicure, Sir Ralph of Plenty, Sir Thomas of Stocks, Sir Murray of Rouge et Blanc; Sir Phillip of Oporto, Sir Ian of Umpirico, Sir Paul of Rousseau, Sir Philip of Politico.
First Course Tasmanian salmon tartare with cucumber and cracked wheat, coddled egg yolk, horseradish cream.
Second Course Warm, air-dried wagyu beef bresaola rolls with enoki mushrooms, garlic shoots and daikon.
Third Course Pan-fried veal involtini rolled with sage and prosciutto, soft polenta with Colechino sausage, sautιed cavolo nero, BBQ veal sauce.
Fourth Course Coconut-crusted, poached pineapple, mango sauce, Malibu gelato.
(In addition to the group ranking, I give the highest and lowest ranking the wine achieved, together with those who ranked it as such; you get some idea of how much we can differ in our appreciation. I also give the total ranking points after the overall ranking)
IC. NV Smith Woodhouse Fine White Port (PM): Deep tawny, yellow on edge. Nose subdued, perhaps showing a little oxidation. Palate medium-sweet, rich and long, searing, trace bitter. Unusual, and a perfect IC wine. Not ranked;
1999 Pol Roger Extra Cuvee Reserve Champagne (RG): Pale yellow. Fine, yeasty nose, some development. Palate very dry, chalky, good aftertaste, low dosage. Fine, austere Champagne. Not ranked;
1. 2006 Chassagne Montrachet Morgeots (Blain Gagnard) (MM): Bright, light gold. Very fine nose, a little development. Palate young, softish, rather dry, good acidity. Ranked 6th (63). High 4th (SD, PM, PA); Low 9th (TJ);
2. 2006 Chassagne Montrachet Morgeots (Blain Gagnard) (PhS): Bright gold, a little more colour. Nose similar but less overt. Good palate, more weight and structure. Identical to1. but showing different characteristics. Not easy, this wine tasting business. Ranked 7th (75). High 1st (SD); Low 10th (RC, TJ, PS);
3. 2006 Chassagne Montrachet Clos St. Jean ( Blain Gagnard) (PhS): Bright gold, bit more colour. Perhaps a faint trace of maderisation on nose, breathes off. Palate young, softer but with good weight, long aftertaste. Ranked 12th (131). High 10th (MM); Low 13th (IR, RC, SD);
4. 1997 Vosne Romanee Les Petits Monts (Mongeard Mugneret) (PM): Some colour. Nose showing beetroot, trace metallic, trace oxidation, breathes off. Palate rich and quite tannic, still needs time. Ranked 5th (51). High 2nd (SD, PM, PS); Low 12th (RC);
5. 1998 Vosne Romanee Les Hautes Mazieres (Arnoux) (TJ): Not a Premier Cru but a very good Villages. Young, less colour. Nose fine Pinot, vinous. Palate rich and long, good weight, tannic and needs time. Ranked eq 8th (93). High 5th (TJ); Low 11th (SD, PS);
6. 2004 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots (Cacheux) (SC): Young, little colour. Nose fine and young, no herbaceousness I could see. Palate rich and lush, good weight, tannic and closed. Will make a very good bottle. Ranked 10th (95). High 4th (PS); Low 12th (PA);
7. 2002 Vosne Romanee Les Rouges (Desauney Bissey) (SD): Young colour. Nose fine and perfumed. Palate with good weight, quite tannic and needs time. Ranked eq 8th (93). High 4th (RC); Low 12th (MM);
8. 1996 Vosne Romanee Les Petits Monts (Mongeard Mugneret) (PA): Some colour. Nose a bit faulty, reduced, comes up gradually with breathing. Palate with good weight and aftertaste. Still needs time. Ranked 13th (134). High 6th (RC); Low 13th (MM, PhS, TJ, PM, PS, RG, PA, SC);
9. 2002 Vosne Romanee Les Beaunonts (Dujac) (IR): Some colour. Nose fine and reserved, understated, perfumed. Palate rich but very tannic, needs time. Ranked 1st (26). High 1st (IR, RC, MM, TJ, PM, PS); Low 7th (PA);
10. 1999 Vosne Romanee La Croix Rameau (Cacheux) (RC): Some colour. Nose showing some volatility. Palate good but very tannic. Ranked 11th (102). High 2nd (IR); Low 12th (TJ);
11. 2001 Vosne Romanee La Croix Rameau (Lamarche) (PS): Some colour. Nose fine, understated, perfumed. Palate big and rich, tannic with long aftertaste. Very good wine. Ranked 2nd (29). High 1st (PhS, TJ, RG); Low 6th (SD);
12. 2004 Vosne Romanee La Croix Rameau (Lamarche) (PS): Some colour. Nose very fine. Palate soft and elegant, tannic but more open than the 01. Very good wine. Ranked 3rd (48). High 1st (PA, SC); Low 8th (IR, SD);
13. 2002 Vosne Romanee Les Rouges (Desauney Bissey) (RC): Trace colour. Fine, restrained nose, elegant, perfumed, very Vosne. Palate fine and lush, some tannin, lovely. More open than 7. Ranked 4th (49). High eq 2nd (SC); Low 7th (PM);
1976 Ch Sigalas Rabaud (SD): Deep gold, some orange. Nose rich, marmalade-like, to me not highly botrytised but others disagreed. Palate rich, full fruit acidity, tasty, long aftertaste, trace of bitterness. Fully ready. Not ranked.
1963 Kopke Colheita Port (SC): Deep tawny, yellow edge. Nose high-toned, fine. Palate rich, very long and searing. Sir Phillip of Oporto was much impressed. Wine of the night, he opined. Not ranked.