We started a little early at the bar, and enjoyed a couple of wines generously provided by a third party. First was the Domaine d’Auvenay Lalou Bize-Leroy Meursault “Les Narvaux” 1er cru 2003, which showed quite a ripe nose, but possessed lovely poise, balance and length on the palate; a fascinating wine. Next was a bottle of Robert Weil Kiedricher Grafenberg Riesling Eiswein 2008. Again, fantastic mouthfeel, acidity and sugar in balance, a nervy and energetic wine.
Then onto the wine tasting proper:
- Marie Courtin Resonance Extra Brut n/v: from memory, 90% Pinot and zero dosage. A bit too dry for me, but still a very good wine
- Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Superior 2007: I don’t remember this one at all… sigh…
- Pattes Loup Chablis 1er cru Montmains 2009: very good.
- Domaine Benoit Ente Puligny-Montrachet “Champ Gain” 1er cru 2008: I preferred this to the Chablis; was surprised by the price, but perhaps I was just being naive
- Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Cazetiers” 1er cru 2008: needs time
- Maison Camille Giroud Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2006: a bit more stuffing than the Dupont, but also needs more time.
- Domaine Faury St Joseph La Gloriette Vieille Vignes 2008: lovely white pepper nose and richness in the body. Seemed to dry out a bit with time, but perhaps this was just me
- Domaine des Espiers Gigondas Cuvee des Blaches 2009: very very good. Nice, full flavoured, savoury and clean. Wine of the Night for me.
- Haart Wintricher Ohligsberg Auslese 2007: oh it was late by this stage, but I think I enjoyed this one
Thanks to Neville for making the trip up and organising a lovely dinner at e’cco. A great range of wines. And thanks to Annie for fantastic service as always.