Burgundy may be “fiendishly complex, frustratingly inconsistent and maddeningly difficult,” as Allen Meadows of Burghound puts it, but that doesn’t stop it from gaining new fans who are eager to deal with those “difficulties.”
HOT on January 1 WHO: Thomas Bassot WHAT: Pinot Noir WHERE: France, Burgundy, Cotes de Nuits, Griotes-Chambertin WHEN: 1964 SIZE: 750 ml RESERVE: $250 MINIMUM BID INCREMENT: $25 Decanter rates 196...
Exorbitant and record-breaking prices seem to define the world of wine auctions these days. While traditional names like London and New York featured prominently in such affairs in the past, Asia’s splurging has been gaining more and more attention.
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Sweet cherries and funk on the nose. On the palate, rhubarb, cherries, and brown sugar lead. Strawberries and sage, with a light background of anise, appear on the mid-palate. Sage, mixed red fruits, vanilla, and brown sugar linger on a mid-length finish. Acids are high, tannins very smooth, together offering a wine for the cellar. All the different flavors are interesting, but they are disjointed, even conflicting. This may be a wine best judged a decade after bottling. It could be very nice, based upon promise, high acidity, smooth tannins, and depth of flavor. Drink with sage-rubbed pork loin.
The wine shows straw-pale yellow with consistent small bubbles. On the nose it is very yeasty, with tropical fruits, like banana bread with a pineapple topping. It is more tart on the attack, leading with soft lime and clementines. It softens to more tropical flavors on the mid-palate, all over a yeasty Zweiback (that's not a wine, BTW) background, with mango and fried banana. Acids add crispness. The finish is mid-length, trending back toward the citrus flavors. Drink with escargot. Recommended.