November 6, 2010

No Wine Before Its Time: Especially Grand Cru Burgundy!

Got together with the usual suspects this past week to drink some Burgs. The Legend was here, as was Rowdy.  We drank some nice wines, but I think we also schooled ourselves again. Not that we didn't know this would happen, but its always good to drink in the name of science. See, the thing is, most Grand Cru wines from top producers in Burgundy, arguably some of the greatest wines known to man, take time to reveal their glory.

We drank two wines from Domaine Faiveley, a respected, old-school house that has been making killer Burgundy for seven generations. One of the wines Wednesday night was the 1999 Corton Clos Des Cortons 
The second Grand Cru of the night, also from Faiveley, was the 1998 Latricieres-Chambertin.
You're thinking, huh, those wines are each more than 10 years old, they should be starting to strut their stuff. Ha! Think again. While each wine showed glimpses of the beauty they hold, neither was really ready for Grand Cru drinking experiences. The '99 was actually a bit more giving with some nice layers of fruit and earth, but the '98, despite its beautiful nose, was wrapped up tight. Allen Meadows, author of Burghound, and one of the world's foremost experts on Burgundy, recommends beginning to think about drinking the 1998 Latricieres in 2013!....we should have heeded his advice.

The lesson here is one of patience when it comes to drinking the great wines of Burgundy. One must adjust one's thinking and realize that 12 years from vintage in just the beginning when it comes to great Grand Cru Red Burgundy.

1 comment:

  1. Ha! I don't know if I'd have the patience. Would need a couple cases (which I couldn't afford) so I could drink one at least once a year.