|Claude de Nicolay|
While I enjoyed these wines immensely, I sipped them sparingly as this day also marked my 43rd wedding anniversary, which my lovely bride Carol and I celebrated with a great meal and great wines at Culin Ariane Restaurant in Montclair, NJ.
We began toasting each other with an absolutely superb bottle of NV Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne. This was terrific. It possessed loads of complexity, with a brilliant balance and a creamy delicacy that danced on the tongue before finishing long and lush. Non-vintage champagne simply does get much better than this. Widely available at about $90 a bottle, $45 for a half bottle.
If you did the math you know that 1969 was the year in which we were married. I only own one wine from this vintage, but it is a great one, 1969 Camille Giroud Pommard Les Epenots 1er Cru and I open a bottle on our anniversary each year. I have never been disappointed. The wine is still young and vibrant on the nose and palate and has retained the gorgeous translucent red hue of a great young Burgundy. It had beautifully balanced fruit with a long and elegant finish. A truly round and delicious wine filled with soul.
Thanks again Brian for inviting me to taste these magnificent wines and thank you Carol for 43 wonderful years together. May we continue to drink great wine together for another 43 years.
About this Blog
The blog focuses on the essence of wine and food, not how many points or stars it receives. The opinions are mine and should be taken only as that, an opinion not gospel.
Like many collectors, initially I was very much influenced by wine ratings. I purchased wines based on points, even if I had never tasted the wine. And it was much worse than that. I would drink a wine with a high rating, not like it, yet since it was highly rated I’d rationalize that I did not yet appreciate the wine, or that my palate was not sophisticated enough to understand the wine. How’s that for lunacy? As a result my cellar grew in all directions while my palate narrowed. By the time I realized the style of wine that I enjoyed, my cellar abounded with wines whose styles I did not enjoy. All of these wines were very highly rated, just not my cup of tea, or glass of wine to be more accurate. Fortunately I was able to sell many of these wines to those who either enjoyed them or wanted highly rated wines. Don’t misunderstand, I am not against wines with high ratings, in fact I own many. It is just that I now purchase wines based on the producer, the style and my palate, not the rating. Nor do I shun reading reviews. I very much respect Antonio Galloni, Alan Meadows, Eric Asimov and John Gilman and read their reviews routinely. I pay attention to what they write, not the points they award.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
Left to right, '78; '69; '61; '64; '59
Sunday, June 10, 2012
|Nick's Pizza Oven|
|2011 Clos Ste Magdeleine|
Traditionally made, the wine is aged for 7 – 12 months in stainless steel tanks, it was clean, crisp, and pure on the palate with great complexity and balance and finished with a delicate elegance. This is a stunning rosé, and while a bit pricey at $30, it is the perfect summer wine. I also found some magnums of the 2010 vintage for $59 at 56º Wine, Bearnardsville, NJ. Check out my blog on Rosé from last year as well as Lettie’s latest WSJ article, Pluck a Summer Rosé for some other worthy rosés to add to your cellar for the summer.
|Carol's Pasta e Fagioli|
Monday, June 4, 2012
I prefer white wines, especially Reislings and Gruner Veltliners with Asian food, so I brought along a 2004 F X Pichler Gruner Veltliner Kellerberg Smaragd. From the Wachau region of Austria this was an absolutely stunning bottle of wine. It possessed wonderful balance and acidity while imparting an interesting hint of pepper on the palate. The finish was clean and lengthy. A wine with soul. All Pichler wines come from one of their single vineyard sites. $65.
My son-in-laws both are red wine only kinda guys, so I brought a 2001 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas les Ruchets. While the style appears a bit modern to me (70% new oak) the wine had a wonderful peppery palate, was medium-bodided and nicely balanced. It drank nicely, however, I would drink up any remaining bottles as I think the wine is nearing its end. $75. Wine Legend, Livingston, NJ.
|Weeds & Sausage|