When several cosmological events converge into one, and all on the same Full Moon night, at the beginning of July.
Just look what happens when a Frenchman (Parisian now living in Burgundy for the last 17 years), a Bolivian (Born in La Paz, globetrotting the world but spends most of his time inside Austria) an English-fellow (living in Buenos Aires and uh nothing) along with a sprinkling of Argentines finest & rarest (a Patagonian, San Telmonian and a Recoletian) all meet up.
Well, we started, and thanks to our hosts from a famous Beaune negociant, with a Louis Latour Meursault and Louis Latour’s Puligny-Montrachet, both from 2013 vintage.
The latter showing persistent P-M chardonnay endurance. Well balanced with good clean peachiness and not over citric. The former, I found to have generous ripe, deep fruit. Mature and steely with hints of wild honey on the Meursault finish.
2013 Vosne-Romanee, Louis Latour
Not to divert our attention too much away from our Beaune-iffied hosts, we then opened a bottle of Vosne-Romanée, loaded with blackcurrants and a light pepperiness on the nose. Intense rubyness, and a wonderful dry caramel finish.
2001 Chateau Corton de Grancey, Louis Latour
An oldie was then decanted, from probably the largest bottle of wine I have ever seen at a tasting, bravo! It comes from the world’s first gravity-fed winery, going back to 1797, yes that’s correct, seventeen ninety-seven!
Still showing some youthful dark berry fruit, and supported by earthly pinot noirness and a chalky texture not to be confused with a problem. A delightful, not heavy wine, that honors it’s status as a grand cru.
A touch of thunder followed and the heavens opened up, So we all made a rainy dash to take cover in ‘Lo de Martin Rx’
Waiting for us at the table was a decanted, slightly chilled, Egly-Ouriet Blanc de Noir Vi
A touch of thunder followed and the heavens opened up. So we all made a rainy dash to take cover in ‘Lo de Martin R.’
Where, waiting for us was a decanted, slightly chilled, NV Egly-Ouriet Blanc de Noirs Viellles Vignes (Champagne). Properly discorged in 2015, with a more than proper sensible 72 months sitting on it’s lees. The colour of the wine in the decanter was deceptive, as it was quite light compared to the powerful, full flavored and highly complex aromas that leapt out of the glass (not a flute) into one’s face. Creamy mouse, but vivacious. I tell you that this wine needs to be opened when there are two bottles present. The first just vanished, the second will give us a bit longer to appreciate the wine, as should be done in this case.
Then a couple of Revolvers were put on the table along with plates of oysters from Bahia San Blas. My god the oysters were exquisite, and how can one not sit at a table in this establishment and not order a plate of Griviche.
The unfiltered Revolver Chardonnay 2015 showed little oak and offered a freshness and depth that does not make it a typical Argentine Chardonnay. (I believe this is a positive statement) Then from the same stable Revolver Pinot Noir 2014 (unfiltered) offered us a cherry and raspberry palate, good acidity and really very quaffable indeed from such a small Mendocian production.
One of the guests, almost by magic, produced two bottles of red wine described as Fin. That had a remarkable resemblance to a Cabernet Franc and the other a classy blend of classic Bordeaux grapes (grown in Neuquen) from the same bodega. 2009 Fin del Mundo Special Blend Reserva was tannic, rich and long. The Cabernet Sauvignon supported by Merlot and a little Malbec, showed off the winemakers skill.
Now as if that was not enough, the massive bottle of 2001 Corton de Grancey reappeared which was demolished with some roast deer and pan fried ortolans. The 4 hours breather also gave this red a much needed reward, as it was quite the business with the deer.
I am now going to look for some more of Egly-Os bubbly, before it all runs out.
I got there first, sorry!