Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wine we drank for Christmas

Of the wines drank during the Christmas holidays, some were astonishingly good, others disappointing, sad,… Was it us? The atmospheric pressure? A bad cork ? the wine ?

Offered by the owners, Château de la Charrière 2007 from Yves Girardin, appellation Santenay (under the roc), good wine, but especially this Corton Charlemagne 2006 with peach flavors, pear, licorice, a touch of anis, and fat as a great Sauterne. Certainly astonishing, but so good. Vive Burgundy, I will plant Chardonnay thanks to Burgundies from Buisson Charles, Girardin, etc…

Andreas 2001, Saint Emilion made by us at that time and which is evolving well. The limestone terroir was showing too much at the beginning but now is well integrated. Monday, Valandraud 2007, not decanted – an error – Guigal Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde 2005, silent. For aperitif and during the meal with Murielle and Guy, we enjoyed a wine made in the Roussillon by Chapoutier in La Tour de France: 2006 VIT (or Visitare Interiore Terrae) produced in Bila-Haut (complicated name, but what a bottle!), superb wine, black; dense, soft, sexy, rated 93 by Parker, this wine shows exactly why we – Jean Roger Calvet and I, are trying to produce in this winemaking paradise that the Roussillon is. I suppose that Hervé Bizeul will have the same opinion when he tastes the wine, next time we have a meal together. There is so much to say about critics opinion concerning the Roussillon.

I had bought in 2003 (?), a vineyard planted with Syrah from Chapoutier on the commune of La Tour de France: at that time, we were missing some “noble” varietals to be able to get the Côtes du Roussillon appellation granted. It’s a shame considering the quality of our vines planted on the hillside, with 100 years old Grenache and Carignan. But that’s another story.

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