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WTN: Chambolle Three

Postby Bill Buitenhuys » Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:48 am

So the planning started like the usual Boston get-together with a go-round of choices.
“I was thinking of bringing the A and B or the C and D. Any preference?”
“Well, I can bring anything from E, F, G, or H. What do you think?”

And with that Joe and I converged on a mini-Chambolle fest with a few other assorted goodies.

After a fairly innocuously sweet but typically tasting 2005 Patrizi Moscato d’Asti we started on the Burgs.

We had two from 2001 and one from 2002 (or did we?) and decided to start with the ‘01’s as they may need more time to open. The first wine was what we thought to be a 2001 Frederic Magnien Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes VV as umm, that is what the label stated …but after peeling back the cap, the top of the cork said 2002. Which do we believe, the label or the cork? Anyone else ever run into something like this? The openly expressive nose and bright fruit essence led us to believe this was probably a mislabeled 2002. A very nice, elegant wine and an unexpected surprise.

Now continuing with ‘02’s we opened what we thought was a 2002 Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers and it there was nothing to make us think this wine was other than ’02. Not as expressive as the Magnien but considerably more acidic and tannic structure. This was good now and should be even better with age.

And finally to the lone ’01. 2001 Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Baudes. This wine wasn’t in the best of places. It was all a bit disjointed and never quite came together as the night went on.

Moving south to Rhône, we had the 1995 J.M. Gerin Champin le Seigneur Côte Rôtie. Yes, it’s leaning towards a more modern style with noticeable new wood and a silky clean texture, but there is a goodly amount of ripe fruit, smokey bacon, and roasted meat. The tannins are ripe and still fairly aggressive so I don’t plan on opening this one again for a couple of years.

Another wine needing more time was the 1997 Beni di Batasiolo Corda della Briccolina Barolo (Serralunga). This wine is a Thoroughly Modern Millie with the winemakers website boasting of “The new look (of our winery)..is of shiny steel and electronically controlled, automatic processes”. The nose showed faint hints of tar and fruit but never really did open up over the course of 4 hrs. The taste was clearly nebbiolo and the tannins were pretty solid but this wine is just far too young to open.

We ended with 1997 Hopler Welschriesling Icewine, (Neusiedlersee). As Joe said “It’s sweet and it tastes of botrytis”. That about sums it up. Decent but nothing special. Three days later it's showing much more depth of flavor, walnuts and pecan pie, with much more acidity showing. Pretty good, after all.
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Re: WTN: Chambolle Three

Postby JC (NC) » Tue Jun 06, 2006 7:09 pm

Here's more on Frederic Magnien from Michael Skurnik's website. It bolsters what I was saying about negociant/eleveurs who also have a hand in the management of the vineyards where they purchase grapes:

Frédéric Magnien has established himself as a bona-fide star of the Cote de Nuits. Although he owns no vineyards, Frédéric is a fifth-generation Morey-St.-Denis winemaker who takes great pride and commitment in selecting the growers with whom he works and the vineyards from which he sources fruit. He works only with growers who follow his stringent guidelines about pruning, green-harvesting and deciding when to harvest, all of which leads to low-yielding, quality fruit. In some instances, Frédéric himself undertakes the vineyard work. Careful sorting of the grapes in both the vineyards and in the meticulously clean cellar further ensures the final high level of quality fruit. Elevage takes place in barrels from Francois Frères, coopers who supply a limited number of other top producers – Comtes Lafon and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, to name a few. Frédéric’s wines seduce with deeply concentrated, lush, spicy fruits, and at the same time possess balance, length and breed – an honorable tribute to the prestigious premier and grand cru appellations he represents in his offerings.


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Re: WTN: Chambolle Three

Postby Bill Buitenhuys » Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:22 pm

Thanks, JC. I saw that you had also mentioned local (Boston) native Alex Gambel in your list of quality negociants. Good call. I've really enjoyed his wines.
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Re: WTN: Chambolle Three

Postby JoePerry » Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:40 pm

Thanks for a fun night, Bill. After bailing rainwater all week I was sending out wine S.O.S.s

The Baudes was corked. It started with a whiff of TCA but just seemed nothing more than disjointed after that, but by the next day it was obviously corked. Ah well.

Of course, one of the most memorable parts of the evening was playing lightning...

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Re: WTN: Chambolle Three

Postby Bill Buitenhuys » Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:04 pm

Of course, one of the most memorable parts of the evening was playing lightning...

Do you think that would be a hit at King Fung? :shock:
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Re: WTN: Chambolle Three

Postby JoePerry » Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:48 pm

It'd be great for those postprandial myocardial infarctions.
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Re: WTN: Chambolle Three

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:25 pm

Was Bill wearing his spinach coloured shorts for the tasting?!!
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Re: WTN: Chambolle Three

Postby JoePerry » Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:33 am

Bill doesn't cook in shorts...


or pants for that matter.
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Re: WTN: Chambolle Three

Postby Mark S » Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:05 pm

Bill Buitenhuys wrote:We had two from 2001 and one from 2002 (or did we?) and decided to start with the ‘01’s as they may need more time to open. The first wine was what we thought to be a 2001 Frederic Magnien Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes VV as umm, that is what the label stated …but after peeling back the cap, the top of the cork said 2002. Which do we believe, the label or the cork? Anyone else ever run into something like this?


To quote the psychiatrist, "What year do you think it was?" :wink:
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