Friday, October 06, 2006


Oct. FoB Wine List

Thus spake the Lardog:

The Wines of Gevrey Chambertin


1995 Charles Ellner Brut
1996 Charles Ellner Brut
NV Krug Grande Cuvee


1983 Chateau Gilette Crème de Tete

Premier Cru

1990 Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin, Clos St. Jacques
1993 Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin, Clos St. Jacques

Grand Cru

1988 Denis Bachelet Charmes Chambertin
1993 Domaine Maume Mazi Chambertin
1999 Maison Louis Jadot Latricieres Chambertin
2000 Armand Rousseau Ruchottes Chambertin, “Clos des Ruchottes”
2001 Domaine Fourrier Griotte Chambertin
2002 Sylvain Ponsot Chapelle Chambertin

Clos de Beze vs. Chambertin

1998 Armand Rousseau Chambertin
1998 Armand Rousseau Clos de Beze


1927 Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera

This was an excellent FoB! Very educational. Here are my raw, unretouched pix.

Chef Joe's parents had a sense of humor, naming one Joe, the other Jackson, both shoeless? My favorites were the '00 Armand Rousseau Ruchotte and the '01 Domaine Fourrier Griotte. Chambertins have always been my favorites, THANKS LARRY! Excellent, excellent FOB, though I wish they'd get that silly chiffon off the walls. Perhaps we toss wine? Can't risk getting banned.
It was a fun dinner to put on. I just wish I did more in a year so I can get through the entire Cote d'Or.

My favorites from the flight of six were the 88 Bachelet Charmes, the 01 Griotte and the 93 Maume Mazi. From the premier crus, preferred the 90 Clos St. Jacques over the 93 but I think the latter will make older bones.

Wanted to linger and ponder more over the Chambertin and the Bez, but didn't want to go into a trance a la Spock from Amok Time.

Having had time to think about "modern" producers, Dave L., the following came to mind and by modern, I meant to say that the winemaker's signature (manipulation via extended cold soak maceration, numerous punchdowns to extract color or excessive saignee or RO to reduce dilution, fermentations started by cultured yeasts, heavier toast barrels) results in wines that obliterate the somewhereness of Burgundy and result in Santa Rita Hills type PNs. These types of producers include Dominic Laurent (200% new oak), Gerard Mugneret (not the estate of Dr. Georges Mugneret), Bertrand Ambroise, J.J. Confuron, Gros Frere et Soeur, Lucian LeMoine, and Jean Marc Morey.

I prefer winemakers whose signature is the absence of a strong signature (how Zen is that!)

Traditionalist to me include d'Angerville, Montille, Rousseau, Roumier, Maume (an extreme case of traditionalism), Alain Burguet, Robert Arnoux, and Camille Giroud.

Anyway, did I say I had a fun time...
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