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Portland Chevaliers dinner...

Had a great time at dinner with the Portland sous-commanderie of the Confrèrie des Chevaliers du Tastevin at Simpatica last night. Everybody brought a bottle or two to share, Paulée style. 

Some of the more interesting or notable bottles:

  • 1997 Roche de Bellene -  Clos de la Roche -  The '97s are at a lovely peak right now. This was clearly the wine of the night for me.
  • 2002 d'Angerville - Volnay Taillepieds - Pure silk and lace, and a captivating perfume. Gorgeous stuff
  • 2006 Aleth Girardin - Pommard Charmots - The '06s are coming into their own now - this was really nice, verging on exceptional
  • 2009 LeRoy - Bourgogne Blanc - A yummy cocktail wine, I suppose, but so heavily oaked that it should not go anywhere near food
  • 2002 Pavelot - Savigny-lès-Beaune Blanc - Completely oxidized, totally shot. What a shame - was a yummy wine at one time.
  • 2000 Taupenot-Merme - Morey-St. Denis La Riotte - Finally calming down a bit. Still showing signs of being over-worked (this was the last vintage vinified by Romain Taupenot's father, and he was a disciple of Guy Accad back then. Those wines have not lived up to what they could have been. (Or maybe they're still too young?)

It's Friday evening as I write. I think we need to chill a bottle of the amazing Georges Laval Brut Nature. Yes, please...