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Gaston Chiquet - Blanc de Blancs d'Ay
Light straw color and a medium bead. Aromas of lemon, apple, and bread dough. On the palate, rich and wide flavors of citrus and green apple ... with some sweetness. This is a powerful blanc de blancs; for me in the Clicquot style. Very enjoyable wine; a good food wine, though not necessarily a wine of elegance. However, the finish did seem to come up short, especially following the expansive mid-palate.
Michel Lafarge - Volnay
Opened and decanted 2 hours prior to drinking. Medium ruby color - clear and bright. Primary aromas of red fruits. On the palate, juicy and crunchy red fruits; some strawberry and sour red cherry, with a bit of earth in the background. Definitely a high acid wine. Short to moderate finish. Enjoyable; a good food wine. Paired well with a dinner including coq au vin.
Alain Burguet - Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes
Opened and decanted 2 hours prior to drinking. Medium-plus color, a dark ruby hue. Primary aromas of red (dark cherry) and black fruits, with a bit of oak and spice. On the palate, very polished wine with some new world characteristics. Still very young wine, with some evident tannins, but well-balanced. This bottle drank above its class - though a village Gevrey, had the "stuffing" of a premier cru. Matched well with the dinner entry of coq au vin. Should drink well for another 2-5+ years.
Cedric Bouchard - Blanc de Noirs Brut Inflorescence Val Vilaine
Pale yellow color with a medium bead. Citrus and flowers; very primary notes on the nose and palate. Very young wine, this bottle from 2011, but surprisingly accessible. Medium finish; pleasant and enjoyable, but not particularly interesting or memorable. Should allow several more years for secondary notes to develop before trying again.
Joseph Phelps - Insignia
Opened two hours prior to drinking, but not decanted. Bright, clear ruby color with a hint of orange / brown at the rim. Nose of flowers and red berries; prominent floral tones likely driven by the Petit Verdot in this wine (9% I think). On the palate, medium-plus flavors of red berries and some spice, though flavors still primary. I thought this wine to be "light on its feet"; an elegant, rather than overpowering wine (especially when compared to another wine tasted alongside - a 100% Napa Cabernet). Very well-balanced wine; matched well with a short-rib dinner! Still some time left for this wine, but don't think it will get any better.