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Recalling a sublime 1961 white Burg and more

Posted by panoskakaviatos, Jul 6, 2014.

1961 Corton Charlemagne and more! 

When tasted back in November 2009, this wine showed brilliant freshness and zing. A Camembert cheese nose, but just so subtle, combined with hazelnut, truffle. While the 1990 tasted just before started to show pleasing toffee aspects, this wine over time showed off custard pie, white pepper like the 1990, but with light caramel and even more freshness, if you can believe it.

But what impressed most was a sheer complexity on the nose and on the palate, which never got tired over the couple of hours à table. As I write these notes the next day, I am just tasting a bit of residual wine from the bottle which I was allowed to take with me as a souvenir.

You guessed it, not tired. It still smells like what it did towards the end of the meal: a finely aged, top notch Cognac, but very dry and white wine on the palate. Unbelievable how long lasting this wine is, and a real revelation, quite comparable to the feeling I had when I discovered the Chateau d'Yquem 1967. Wine of the night, easily. The food match was very good: a delicious mix of scallops with autumn vegetables and a pumpkin cream whose sweetness was perfectly matched by the wineís richness. Lemon and ginger flavors in the food were also nicely matched by the vif in the wine, its lively qualities.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 6, 2014.

Thanks for posting here Panos...can remember reading your thoughts on Burgundy before Burgundy became a "thing" a few years ago. Would love to have one like that '61, what a vintage.

Reply by dmcker, Jul 6, 2014.

Jon, white Burgundy has always been a 'thing'.  ;-)


Thanks, Panos. Don't see you here enough.

Reply by dmcker, Jul 7, 2014.

BTW, Panos, your link is not working for me...

Reply by JonDerry, Jul 7, 2014.

Point taken!

Here's that link from Panos on Bouchard

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