Here’s how we celebrated the day:
2010 Faively Bienvenues Batard Montrachet: lots of colour, opens as a buttery oxidative style. White peach cashew fruit still a bit coiled at first, and after the best part of an hour it begins to show more clearly. Rich and powerful and needs time but you’re going to have to like this worked style as it ages.
2008 Coche Dury Mersault Rougeots Cracked wheat tightly wound grapefruit acid. Intense and coiled. Brilliant wine.
2002 Louis Jadot Clos de Beze: Pale red colour. Black fruit, sour cherry persistent red currant acids. Ripe – olive and prune elements to the fruit. Attractive in its ripe way, and persistent in its warm fuzziness.
1978 Clair Dau Clos de Beze. Hessian nose, quiet palate at first, took a good amount of time to throw this off and show its mature integrated structure. Ready to go, but didn’t really grab me.
1929 Doudet Naudin Chambertin: New cork, seems to have been freshened rather than just topped up – acid and some spritz is a surprise for an 86 year old. Delightful to sip on – violet blueberry leather. In really good condition, and quite an attractive drink.
2005 Bouchard Le Chambertin: Way too young. Taut coiled black berries. Rounded and balanced for this very early phase of its life. Plenty of presence, this is going to be a great wine one day.
2007 Bruno Clair Clos de Beze . Slightly stinky and a whiff of nail polish remover. Ever so slightly green oak? Perhaps a vintage related issue there. Density, and presence, but again too young.
2008 Rousseau Clos de Beze: Black and white pepper. Peppery red fruits, attractive. Taut, then black fruits and pepperiness persists. Closed and a touch short early, but becomes very alive and lifted over time. Wath this wine.
2012 Jadot Clos de Beze: Bright pretty. Once again excruciatingly young, pink and red fruits, lift and high toned. Hard to judge in such youth.
2001 Dujac Chambolle Musigny Gruenchers: Ooh pretty. Red cherry strawberry and cream, sous bois. Nicely balanced and pretty where the core Chambertin tasting is weighty.
2010 Hudellot Noellat Romanee St Vivant: Stinky and otherwise all locked up. Needed a big decant or about 20 years bottle age.
1995 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese: 20 years old, just showing its age now. Some Vaseline like elements over the prettiness of its citrus and passionfruit. Clean style, no botrytis.
2010 Auburn Twilight: This on the other hand loaded with Botrytis, but also shows clean heels.
66 Warres Vintage Port: Yes, it really did need to stand up and decant for hours more than it got. Starts out very light and floral, and was beginning to build presence as the bottle was drained.
Then back to some dry reds for round 2, although it was past 5.02 by now, and now a root day rather than a flower day:
05 Dujac 1er combottes : also too young and tight. Plummy skinsy goodness under all that. Leave alone for 10 yrs.
07 DRC Echezeaux. Lifted spice. Forest berry. Dense and taut, and balanced, but seemed to me to become just, well, uninteresting.
67 Chateau L’evangile birth year. Very dark label. Didn’t even hit our glasses – pronounced dead.
09 Pichon Lalande: Pure and fruity, lots of weight compared to pinotfest. Quite attractive with a big piece of beef.