Thursday, June 5, 2014

Report from ... Annual Bouchard / Fevre / Ponciago Tasting - March 24, 2014

The annual Bouchard / Fevre / Ponciago tasting comes to town around this time every year and gives us a good look at the state of wines coming out of Burgundy for that vintage year.  Plus the bonus of the Ponciago Gamays, out of Beaujolais, is always a treat.  Here is a look at my favourites of the day listed by producer:

Villa Ponciago ...

2012 Fleurie - Cuvee les Hauts du Py ($37.00)
smooth and silky black cherry with black raspberry and lovely spice.
William Fevre ...

2012 Chablis Premier Cru - Les Lys Domaine ($58.00)
Nose: hits of butter and vanilla with just a touch of VA
Taste: follows from the nose adding a lovely butterscotch component
2012 Chablis Premier Cru - Mont de Milieu Domaine ($69.00)
pear and mineral dominate with an apple vanilla backing
2012 Chablis Grand Cru - Les Preuses Domaine ($123.00)
more weight and presence than the others: butter and caramel apple
combine to give a mouth-filling experience with nice balancing acidity
Bouchard Pere & Fils (Pinot Noir) ...

2012 Beaune Clos de la Mousse - Premier Cru ($76.00)
aromas of violet, black cherry, white pepper
with a fruit filled palate that has black and sout cherry.
2012 Gevrey Chambertin - Village ($66.00)
shows quite of bit of pepper and spice intermingling with
black cherry fruit and good acidic backbone
2012 Volnay Caillerets, Ancienne Cuvee Carnots - Premier Cru ($111.00)
red cherry and black cherry duke it out which a gentility of spice plays referee
2012 Pommard Rugiens - Premier Cru ($120.00)
seemingly creamy smooth on the palate, silky red cherry caresses the tongue
this one is quite simply sippable which being savoury
2012 Nuits Saint Georges, Les Cailles - Premier Cru ($146.00)
sweet cherry and cranberry with a long finish
2012 Beaune Greves Vignes de L'Enfant Jesus - Premier Cru ($149.00)
super nose and great mouth-feel: cherry dominated with hints of cranberry,
black currant and nice spices - continues to be one of my favourites
2012 Le Corton - Grand Cru ($175.00)
the nose is closed but the palate is a total pleasure:
opens with plenty of red fruit and delicious berries and
gains complexity from there
2012 Chambertin Clos de Beze - Grand Cru ($406.00)
gentle spice on both the nose and palate; palate then shows off
some nice dark fruit and peppery notes
Bouchard Pere & Fils (Chardonnay) ...

2012 Meursault Les Clous - Village ($64.00)
floral, butter and caramel lead the charge while adding hints of
vanilla for added enjoyment; nice mouth-feel and good finish
2012 Meursault Genevrieres - Premier Cru ($119.00)
apple, lime meringue and pith with a nice bitterness mixed with
caramel and green apple puree - best Chardonnay at the tasting;
heck maybe the best wine there, very expressive
(**** 1/2)
2012 Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot - Premier Cru ($130.00)
apple and lemon with nice acidity and a full mouth-feel

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