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Food Pairings for Jean-Charles de Salinières Savigny-Lès-Beaune Premier Cru les Vergelesses
I opened this in honour of Open That Bottle Night 2009 (and in honour of a nice dinner in good company). It's one of the few things in my fridge I have more than one of, so it wasn't too much of a wrench to pop the cork, even though it's probably a little young yet to show at its best. It's one of a mixed case I bought from this producer after tasting their wines at a trade show. I was bowled over by quite a few of their wines (e.g. their 2005 Mearsault), but this was more of a good middle ground between expense and quality -- or so I thought till I opened it ... After giving the bottle a bit of an introduction, I warned our guests that this wouldn't be a knock-you-on-your-behind kind of wine; it's a young red burgundy, and as such it's liable to be subtle and charming rather than any kind of mouthfilling dazzler. But when we tasted it, after decanting it carefully, it proved pretty astonishing. It had a beautiful clear, pale ruby colour and the characteristic slight oiliness to its texture that carefully grown pinot noir can have. I didn't make notes at the time, but I recall the slightly musky, floral-perfumed bouquet, backed up by intense, sharp, red berry notes that translated on the palate into a cut-glass definition of layered fruit flavour. I expected it to taste young, but I didn't bank on it expressing its youth so intensely: it tasted alive, racy, adolescent, full of promise for its maturity. I'm delighted I opened it, and even more delighted that I have another squirrelled away -- I'm going to save that one for another few years, and look forward to checking in with it one more time as it reaches maturity.
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