1999 Domaine Jean
Durup Pére & Fils Chateau de Maligny Premier Cru
This Chard had a clean offering of peach, citrus and a hint of flint and
went very well with the oysters on the half shell.
Domaine de Montgilet Coteeaux de L’Aubance
gift Honey? Yes dear? No, honey is what this wine is all
about. From the dark gold color to the sweet honey flavor, this Loire
wine is interesting enough to be served well chilled after dinner.
Reserve Cote du Rhone Blanc $
This wine is a golden hued liquid that provides floral and fruit aromas
but falls short on the tongue of delivering what you expect.
& Guestier Sauterne ?
Honey gold and viscous, this nectar made from Semillon and Sauvignon
Blanc gives a sweet nose of honey, apricot and burnt hair. (Semillon gives me
this olfactory link with slightly burnt hair-I know it’s not on the scent
wheel). There was a pleasant
balance of sweetness and acidity, but this wine fell short on the finish.
There was little lingering of the creamy, silky nectar.
1998 Chateau Jean Gervais,
Blanc, Graves $
When oak is not what you are in the mood for, this blend of Sauvignon
Blanc and Semillon is refreshing, crisp, clean and laden with aromas of peach,
citrus and a hint of herb.
1999 Domaine Des Contarelles Viognier Vin de Pays
Looking to capture the sweetness of the apricot glaze and cherries in the
stuffing, this wine offers an aromatic floral nose and a spicy and violet
undertone. Dry with a short finish.
Disappointingly flat and one dimensional, though I am qualifying that I
bought this bottle in Costco and it was in a case that contained 1990 through
2000 vintages. I selected the 1999
for see how fresh and snappy this wine would be.
Hugel is a major producer for the Alsatian wines and delivers a quality
product. Unfortunately, this bottle
seemed like it was past its prime, not bringing much to the table regarding the
interaction with the sweetness and spiciness of the Thanksgiving Day feast.
Paguet Macon Fuisse $ (10.99)
Not much to really enjoy, this wine has a nose of sharp cheese which hurts the
experience this wine could bring. Fruity
in flavor but the aftertaste and the aroma of this wine are disappointing.
Les Domaines Barons de Rothchild (Lafite) Reserve Bordeaux Blanc
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon cepages, balanced for a clean, crisp,
fresh white wine.
Not much of an aroma from this glass and a pleasant, but short finish.
Serve chilled and with mild foods.
Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet $$ (30.00)
This wine gave me a scent of toasted marshmallows and caramel.
The wine was full and creamy, but had a bit more acid than fruit.
The mineral flavors over-powered the richness of the chardonnay grape.
Good, but not great, as a complement to dinner.
Vers Cras Domaine Cordier Pere & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse (I’m guessing $$
Pride of Maconnais, this white wine was light and pleasant, with simple
fruit peaches and citrus and not a long finish.
For me, the heavy oaked white Burgundies are tops. This is a
simpler wine that went well with the lemon sole we had with dinner.
It would not stand well with a cream sauce or much seasoning.
This is the top of the food chain for Macon and, as Pouilly’s go, this
was not bad and could bring in another ½ mouse if I were a white wine lover.
Joseph Drouhin Corton-Charlemagne
gem is toasty and nutty and fills the mouth with that rich texture that lasts.
A wine I enjoyed with a meal best served with a Bold Syrah or a deep
Meritage, but surprisingly Pork Roast with pepper crust did not kill this sexy
wine. The seasoning would have
overpowered any white wine I could think of from my limited experience.
Though this wine did not enhance such a strong meal, it didn’t shy away
either. I wish I could afford
another bottle to give this one a shot with a fish dish almandine.
1996 Chateau de Beaucastel
from the start, the golden color of this wine was very impressive, comprised of
80% Roussanne grapes with the balance a mix of Grenache Blanc, picarddan,
bourboulene and clairette. This was a red wine hiding in a white grape cloak.
A scent of pear was right up front.
This full body wine coated my mouth and slid south with a silken texture.
The impressive quality I found was the length the wine lingered in my
mouth after swallowing each sip.