This past weekend our wine club got together for our Summer meeting. The theme was Old World whites, meaning wines from France, Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy. Figured this would be nice because of the warm weather and we would get to try something some of us would not normally bring. It proved to be an interesting meeting with a few surprises.
Wine 1 – 1995 Louis Jadot Corton-Vergennes Grand Cru
I could immediately tell that this was an older wine. It had a golden color and an aged bouquet. I really didn’t get a lot of fruit on the nose but it did have a floral and spice thing going on. It was tough to pick out the fruit on the palate but I could taste some oak and vanilla. Hard to describe because I don’t drink white wines this old that often but I really did like this. Come to think of it, this might be the oldest Chardonnay I have ever had. I had a 94 Jadot but that was a few years ago so this bottle had more age on it when we drank it. I gave it 91 points and this was the groups 2nd highest rated wine of the night.
Wine 2 – 2010 Cadei Frati Lugana
This reminded me of a Sauvignon Blanc at first but I later switched it to a Riesling. Unfortunately it was a Trebbiano from Italy. I did get some grapefruit, lime and kiwi on the nose with more of the same on the palate. Also had some nice minerality to it. I gave this 90 points and it came in 6th.
Wine 3 – 2011 90+ Cellars Sancerre Lot 69
I was happy because I guessed Sancerre on this and I was right. I have to say though that I have never had 90+ Cellars wines but I was quite impressed. Supposedly, 90+ Cellars gets wines that received at least 90 points from a major publication, puts it under their own label and only tells you what and where the the wine is from. You never find out who the actual producer is. Again I got some nice flavors of grapefruit, lime and kiwi on the nose and palate but the touch of slate is what got me thinking it was from France. I gave this 90 points and it came in 5th.
Wine 4 – 2009 Domaine de la Crea Saint Romain Sous Roche
At this point my senses were starting to dull and my defenses were letting me down. I got some peach? and lime on the nose of this but the palate was totally different with a note of almond. Definitely detected oak on this but the gap between the nose and palate were totally off. I guess I need to drink more White Burgundy! That being said I did like the wine. I also gave this 90 points and the wine was tied for 3rd.
Wine 5 – 2009 Chamarre Chardonnay Grand Reserve
Most of the wines were kind of neck and neck for me most of the night. This was the one wine I definitely wasn’t as fond of as the rest of the group. Again I got scents/flavors of lime and peach but it had this searing acidity that kind of got in my way. In the end it was just a little over the top for my tastes but this was by no means a bad wine. I gave it 89 points and it was tied for 3rd.
Wine 6 – 2009 L’Espirit de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Leognan
The oak in this wine threw me off a little at first. I was thinking it was a Chardonnay. But after I tasted it again I noted the peach, lime and grapefruit notes in the wine and guessed it was a White Bordeaux. I enjoyed this but feel it can benefit from some short term cellaring. I gave this 91 Points and it was the groups Wine of the Night.
Wine 7 – 2007 Haut Charmes Sauternes
This was not reviewed and was more of a night cap. Supposedly this is the second wine of Chateau D’yquem. Whether it is or it isn’t, the wine is very good and a awesome value. Stop by the shop and pick yourself up a bottle.