This was oxidized. Apparently, the cork crumbled on removal. Of course, anytime a White Burgundy is oxidized earlier than expected it is worrisome. My friend who opened it said prior bottles had been good.
A bit bigger and riper than a "typical" Charmes but quite enjoyable. Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright, showing no bricking. The nose is great. Earthy with cherries and spice along with a nice minerality. Medium to full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, this is vibrant and drinking well. Cherries, some black cherries and underlying minerality. Some complexity. Good acidity. This is getting close to peak. While it may never be ethereal, it is very enjoyable. Drink over the next ten to fifteen years. It would work well with coq au vin, of course.
A really nice value in French Chardonnay. Gold/green in color, clear and bright. The nose has red apples, good minerality and a touch of spice. Medium bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, no hard edges. Very smooth with apples and minerals. Long finish. Nice on its own, but better with food. Pepper crusted Tuna steaks would be nice. Drink over the next seven to ten years.
Very pale yellow gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is very nice. Some lemon drop candy with a bit of an herbal note (Chervil?). Slightly viscous texture. A nice backbone of acidity. On the palate, lemon, and lemon candy notes with a bit of Granny Smith apple notes. Long finish. This is nice on its own but better with food. It went well with an Israeli styled salad, but would be better something a bit richer so that the acidity could really stand out. Perhaps grilled Salmon with a rich sauce. It is young but drinking well. It should have no problem going another seven to t
A personal favorite of mine, from an excellent vintage. This wine still needs some time to come together, but I think it will. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is tight. It does open to show black cherries and black raspberries with a bit of spice. Medium to full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, black cherry fruit. Lush texture. Good acidity. Nice finish. Give this wine a nice decant or cellar for a few more years. Drink over the next ten years. Nice on its own, this will work well with food. Roasted duck or other fowl would be a good choice.
Green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with pineapple, very slight oak and a bit of minerality. Medium bodied. Slightly oily texture. On the palate, an interesting combination of some pineapple and some green apples. It works. There is a nice depth despite its youth. Long, persistent finish. This is lovely on its own, but seems very food friendly. Sea food of course, but also a nice wine with say Hummus.
Ruby in color, some browning at the edges. The nose has cherries, spice, dried flowers, and slight liqueur notes. Medium bodied with a lovely, smooth texture. On the palate, there is some fresh cherries but this is teetering at the edge. Dried, macerated cherries with spice and a bit of earthy funk. Slightly drying at the finish. This is complex and contemplative but still would be better with food. Maybe some crusty beread and Epoisses cheese? Drink up.
This is quite good if still young. A more feminine side of Chablis. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has apples, slight anise and gun powder (reduction?). Medium bodied. Good balance. On the palate, this drinks very smooth. Lemon cream notes. Quite refreshing. Deep, it does open up in the glass but could really benefit from more cellar time. Nice finish. This drinks well on its own but with some oysters or other sea food, it would be even better. Cellar for another few years and drink for ten to fifteen after that.
In the world of Chablis, there are some exceptional producers but only a couple of those are "affordable". Sebastian Dampt is one of them and that is especially true of the 1er Crus. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has green apples, slight grapefruits, slight gunpowder and spice. Full bodied. Excellent acidity. On the palate, this is still a bit tight but opens quickly in the glass. Green apples, grapefruits and slight char. Long finish. Delicious on its own, this is even better with food. Of course, oysters would work very well, but so does a fruit salad. Drink
Ruby in color, some browning, but appropriate for age 17. Clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, some earthy funk/Merde notes, spice and slight darker cherry notes. Medium to full bodied. Light tannins. Nice balance. On the palate, cherries, black cherries and earthiness. Complex. Bigger on the nose than the palate. Nice finish. Overall, everything one could ask from a 17 year old 1er Cru from a good/not great vintage. It went very well with Tofu and Veggies (at a Japanese Restaurant). Pretty much at peak now, but still five to ten more top years left.