A brief note about some of the wines we have consumed over the past few days …
Coteaux Champenois Blanc (Coulon) 2008:
the “deposit” or “veil” that was present when we first released this wine seems to have disappeared; the wine is scintillatingly replete with the terroir of Champagne – stony to its core with vibrant acidity; this rare still white from the vineyards of Vrigny in the northwest corner of the Montagne de Reims provides real insight into the core of Champagne
Pouilly Fuisse “Menetrieres” (Ferret) 1996:
classic, old-style white Burgundy with a deep yet brilliant golden color; typically “Ferret” with a generous honeyed nose and flavor; satisfying in a most profound way; a reminder of the serious loss to our portfolio.
Vosne Romanee 1er Cru “Petits Monts” (Forey)1995:
a triumph; still youthful color with no fading on the edges; lively on the palate with a deep berry fruit; tannins in excellent balance although “masculine” in structure a la the Forey style; a surprise of sorts as the wine does not reveal itself as a 17 year old Burgundy – much more youthful in its presence – and without a hint of an overuse of new oak.
Gattinara (Monsecco) 2005:
excellent; a regal wine ofgreat breed; in many ways the structure, minerality and flavors of this wineparallel what one finds in the Barolo “Garblet Sue” and Barolo “Villero” from Brovia.
Neal I. Rosenthal … 21 August 2012