Sunday, November 13, 2016

This week's drinking

The other night, G came round to my place and we drank this Chambolle Musigny 1er cru Derriere la Grange 1988 from Maison Roche de Bellene, which he had brought back from his recent trip to Burgundy.

It turned out to be a case of Down On the Farm With Old Muck Spreader as the nose was distinctly pungent. There was also a hint of the sugar bag, and something else going on which I said was chemical but G corrected this to medicinal and said it reminded him of chartreuse. I'm not a massive chartreuse drinker but that seemed accurate. On the palate it was relatively light and smooth and more elegant than the nose, but we both thought we wouldn't have guessed it was Chambolle blind. It was fascinating to try it, and we gave it a low 8 on the PCP (premier cru project) - as opposed to TCP - scale. Thanks G for bringing it back and sharing it with me.

Then last night it was over to the wilds of SW2, particularly challenging when the Lord Mayor's Show gives an excuse for the entire London transport network to shut down, but it was worth it as ACC had some goodies in store. We began with this Chablis 1er cru Vaucoupin 2013 from Domaine Gueguen. This was on absolutely top form, with a lovely weight, and ACC detected some spice. Available from the Burgundy Portfolio.

I contributed this 2007 Pommard La Croix Blanche from Domaine Parent, which came out of storage fairly recently and has been positively guzzled since. This was my penultimate bottle and it was as good as ever, rich and sweet and generally very drinkable indeed. It's the kind of wine I can't imagine anyone not enjoying. The word "international" was mentioned, which was fair enough, but this has been one of my favourite wines of the year.

To go with our sticky toffee pudding, we had this 1986 Moulin a Vent which ACC brought back from the same trip, the same shop in fact, as the Chambolle above. Sometimes old Beaujolais can turn a bit raisiny, but that did not apply in this case, and it was drinking very well especially bearing in mind that it was 30 years old. Thanks very much ACC for a great evening!

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