Several Burgundies, a Puligny-Montrachet and an impressive Marlborough Pinot


I met HD, a fellow wine-enthusiast, and top-notch wine writer, at one of Geoff Kelly’s library tasting earlier this year. He was kind enough to invite me to various tastings he was involved with, but I always had to cry off due to family or home renovation commitments.

Embarrassed, I finally suggested we meet up for a drink. HD suggested we meet with several of his friends, and each of us bring a bottle to taste blind, and discuss and compare. So we did. I visited a local wine store beforehand, and with the help of the fine wine buyer, selected a bottle that would be interesting to the group, and popped it into a bag…

Now these guys turned out to be Burgundy obsessives, in the nicest possible way of course. They just love their burgs. They had just completed a tour together of Burgundy where they had arranged many appointments with producers, and thus tasted their way around the district. And made a souvenir booklet from the trip complete with maps and tasting notes. Wow. I was in for a treat.

We started with a white…

Domaine Vincent Giradin Puligny-Montrachet “Les Folatiers” 1er Cru 2010. 13.5% Now this was nice. Elegant and restrained. When asked, I guessed it as a Meursault. Wrong…

Then followed a brace of Burgundies. We attempted to guess the region, producer, vintage and climat. I was truly guessing now…

Domaine Faively Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Cazetiers” 1er Cru 2006. 13%. This was somewhat closed to us, but it still had that powerful pinot nose of rich fruit weight, cherries and wooded forest. The palate was largely primary, with firm tannins and bright fruit, and spicy notes.

Domaine Faively Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Cazetiers” 1er Cru 2007. 13%. This wine was very funky on the nose; open, involving and expressive. The wine of the night. Red fruits. Some secondary characters coming through with forest floor and leather. Just lovely and a treat to drink.

Then my wine. The crew all guessed Martinborough…

Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 – $$$ – 14%. By Kevin Judd, I loved this wine at the winemakers showcase a few weeks back. Not as developed as the burgs, but it shares their power. Very floral nose, and red fruit-rich in the mouth. This drank very well on the night, and superbly the following day. 5

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