The 2005 Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape was in great form Friday night and capped off a fun day of cooking with my daughter. It was a snow day; she wanted to cook. Works for me. Decanted one hour. Beef and peppery-red fruit nose. Palate is what I would call elegant. Dark currant, beef stock, and pepper notes mark this pure and silky wine. Just glides across the palate. Finishes with a wisp of smokiness and more red fruit. Very nice, and drinking so right now; yet it is really just unfolding. Great match with the local grass-fed beef burgers and homemade onion rings.
Also in fine form, especially considering its humble pedigree, was the 2006 Hudelot Noellat Bourgogne. There was a slight funk on the nose that was horsey, but appealing in a way. Bright cherry fruit on a somewhat pedestrian palate. Beginning to unwind a bit, but there's not really much here anyway. No complaints at $25. Nice entry level Burg that tasted quite nice alongside the Ad Hoc Cauliflower Soup with Beet Chips.