We were barely recovering from our Yankee Doodle Dandy Saturday Sipping ’n Snacking at home when a friend decided to visit with his kids for some holiday cheer. Since he brought two red Burgundies, we decided to match him, albeit we thought a white would allow for some breathing time fro the reds.
Et voila, the lineup:
2009 Château de Pommard Pernand-Vergelesses. Pernand-Vergelesses is, at least to us, a lesser known area of the Côte de Beaune just a stones throw away – well, a fairly short walk – from the exceedingly famous Corton-Charlemagne. A nice greenish-yellow hue, slightly Corton-Chuckie nose with hints of oak and vanilla and, well, a palate to strive for. Nice balance, good body, creamy and a winning finish. A tad smaller than its older sister – Corton-Chuckie – primarily on the nose, this is a stunning wine at half the price. We only have tried the sip of Chateau de Pommard. If you know other producers knocking out this luvly lil sistah, please tinkle. We like! Should show well for a few more years.
2009 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles. Our first red on Burgundy Sunday Sipping ‘n Snacking at home. Light, bright red on the eye. Still barely legal. We let her breath for 2 hours before partaking. Aromas of dark, smoky red fruit, leather and liquorice. Medium bodied, sickly salacious, powerful, ripe and concentrated fruit. We did her a slight disservice unveiling her at this dance, but her dainty confidence ensured she did not disappoint. Dahlin’, we will see you in another 10 years or so…luvly.
2005 Philippe Leclerc Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combes aux Moines. Our second red Burgundy Sunday Sipping ‘n Snacking at home. Excerpted and translated from the producer’s website: “A Premier Cru between “Les Champeaux” and “Cazetiers”, “La Combe aux Moines” is the highest plot and its slope is one of the most impressive of the appellation, making it one of the most powerful wines aromatically. Its exposure and its soil gives it an incomparable elegance.” They are not fooling with us, folks. Burgundy terroir triumph! This wine is one of THE reasons people flock to the Cote de Nuits. Conjures up memories of riding our bikes through the vineyards a bit tipsy…we still wonder if that was legal ;-)? Nice, dark red purple on the eye. We let it breathe in the bottle for nearly two hours before sipping. We sipped over three hours. Dark wet forest (sous bois) with fresh perfume of mushrooms and dark red fruits on the nose. Ripe red fruits, pepper, dirty tannins on the palate. Elegant and sophisticated young lady, who very definitely will blossom into the belle of the ball or perhaps even a statuesque runway model flaunting multi-sensory attitude. Wow, we were impressed! We look forward to sipping the balance of our bottles over the next decade or so!
2001 Domaine Francois Lamarche Clos Vougeot. Our third and last red wine of the Burgundy Sunday Sipping ‘n Snacking at home day. Pronounced reddish brown colour…we think she is ready to dance! Aromas of sous bois (wet forest floor) with ripe, baked fruits and some espresso. Fresh red fruits, silky velvet tannins, appropriate acidity, touch of oak. For us, nearly a perfect wine strutting her stuff down the runway with an elegant, charming confidence. We think she may be in her last 3+ years of mesmerising…
The best part of the victuals of the day, along with the spicy fish noodles, were the many baguettes and croissant sandwiches from Joel Robuchon. His baked goods sit on the right hand side, left hand side and middle of the father!!!