Rob Moshein - Austin Wine Guy
Dinner with Paul AGAIN! in the 90210
March 14, 2010
I cooked, Paul brought the wine.
We started with the Clos de la Neore Sancerre 2007, which was a revisit of a wine I had in October. You can read the review on the 365 Days of Wine blog for Sat March 13. I will say again here however that the wine is flawless and fabulous!
Next up was Domaine L'Arlot Nuits Saint Georges Blanc Clos de l'Arlot 2000. A feminine, rich White Burg. Typical warm lush nose, A round large palate, almost fat, but again floral and feminine, we both decided it was almost too "pretty" and not enough of an edge. It went nicely with whole Bronzino rubbed with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper then grilled whole, served with sliced and grilled fresh artichoke.
The star of the night was Domaine Bertagna Chambertin Grand Cru 1995. A home run out of the park! Now this wine has come "full circle". I SOLD this wine to Paul back in 1997! Paul came to Austin to visit, and the owner of Domaine Bertagna was in town and wanted to taste me on his wines, so he came to the house and tasted me and Paul. Paul loved the wines so much he ordered a mixed case which I shipped directly to his wine storage. It still even has the tag I generated...VERY cool hat he brought it for us to drink. Boy HOWDY was this one a winner. A textbook nose, dark and red berry tones, clean rustic earth, floral and just flowing out of the glass and can be smelled a foot away! A huge palate of complex flavors: more dark and red fruit, tons of clean earth, layers of mineral and floral tones but never ever heavy. It jjust danced across the palate, tripping the light fantastic! Just kept on coming and coming. Opening up even more, but staying light. Clean acids even still after fifteen years that cut through the Braised Lamb shanks... Seriously, this wine is one of those "perfect" Burgundy experiences that happen so rarely but like crack, keep you coming back to hope for yet another one.
You probably can't find a bottle, but look for one!! It won't be cheap though, this bottle still has the $89 price tag! Worth every penny and double!
Drink This WINE!
Rob Moshein, Austin Wine guy.