Champagne and Burgundy Wine Dinner
We had a fun little wine dinner yesterday featuring Champagne and Burgundy. We started with the NV Jacques Selosse Initial which is one of my favorite all-time producers. This bottle was amazing! The small production NV Champagne tasted as if it had been aged for 20+ years showing a nuttiness that you would expect in well aged Vintage Champagne. The palate showed a beautiful almond extract was a layer over shaved green apples and peaches followed by a subtle floral note and massive minerality on the finish.
Next was the NV Egly Ouriet Rose. I just don't think it was fair to show this next to the Selosse... The wine was showing freshly picked strawberries, baked French baguettes, and blooming rose petals, but after the Selosse the wine was thin and lacking in depth.
We then moved on to the 1999 Leroy Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles. I was amazed with this spectacular bottle, just wow! The nose was showing some oxidative notes, which I normally do not find in Leroy but it was not overly present and added a nice layer of complexity to the wine. There was a beautiful honey and caramel aroma to accompany the oxidation. The palate was crisp with pleasant fruit notes of white peach, quince, and apricot.
Lastly we finished the tasting with a 1990 A.F. Gros Pommard Les Pezerolles, which in any other tasting would have stolen the show but this day it was in tough competition for wine of the night. This wine came out of the gate with a slightly hot palate, but after about 30 minutes in the glass it mellowed out to show gorgeous red raspberry and perfectly ripe black cherries. There was a solid limestone minerality in the background that made this wine perfect for summer.