With spicy shrimp and veggies over rice:
2002 Leitz, Riesling Spätlese Rüdesheimer Kaisersteinfels:
10% alcohol, AP #24 079 019 03; flint, pear and cream soda aromas; the same on the lightweight palate adding notes of white grapes and a hint of RS, bright acids, a trifle lean at mid-palate; infinite finish. Very precise juice all about finesse. $25 on release; I’d pay that price again.
And a lovely dinner with friends:
With assorted goat cheeses:
1999 Nigl, Sauvignon Blanc:
Clean, crisp, slightly grassy and loaded with cut; very much of its place and a very long finish. Good wine and worth its $24. I’d pay that again for this wine.
With pasta and fresh chanterelles:
1996 Vogue, Chambolle-Musigny 1er:
Very, very good wine with time in the decanter; crystalline black raspberry fruit with depth, nuance, mineral and solid black raspberry flavors, balanced, and, as it opens, greater integration than first noticed; long finish. A distinct sense of class. Clearly Chambolle and showing very well after three hours in the decanter. About $40 on release; I’d pay that again for this wine (although current pricing for this bottling in any vintage is off the charts).
2001 Ambroise, Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Vaucrains:
Over-oaked, candied, flamboyant and without any earmarks of the vineyard; not even close to the Chevillon wines from the same place. Price unknown but I would not buy it at any price.
With sautéed halibut with chard and root veggies:
1997 Jobard, Meursault Genevrieres:
Not profound but approaching it; deep, clean scents and flavors that are distinctly Meursault, nice complexity, good balance and still, this is slightly closed. Excellent, interest holding wine; price unknown.
2001 Morey, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Callerets:
Woody from the get go and that quality stays with the wine throughout. Simple, second rate chardonnay from anywhere and nothing to get excited about. Price unknown.
2001 Ogier, La Rosine:
Clearly of its place, distinctly northern Rhône and every bit a delight to the senses. ‘Wonderful wine with character and less than $20, wholesale. I’d buy it at that price.