Merry Christmas Everybody!
Again with Baby Jesus Pinot! This year my Bouchard Père et Fils's Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus 2002 was still astoundingly vibrant, vivid and rather profoundly satisfying on the palate. For me still in fantastic ****** shape. With this little baby I had a couple of other nice slurps. For instance there was the potentially fantastic ****** Barolo Cascina Francia 2005 from Giacomo Conterno. Emphasis on potentially! At the moment this one is highly reluctant to perform. Lock it away, please! Another mentionable and downright very decent ***** Pinot was the Gevery-Chambertin Ostrea 2005 from Domaine Trapet. This one seemed well balanced, less eucalypt'ic ethereal driven, less spartan and luckily less (excessively) chilli-lean than the ones I had from other more "average" vintages. The Cote de Beaune 1969 from Maison Les Vieux Chais showed certain life for roundabout ten to fifteen minutes before drifting off into oblivion. This one was more like a barely decent **** wine experiment. The characteristics of Domaine Dublère's Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses from 2008 did not remind me of a Chardonnay from Chablis region. On one hand its flavours were mostly exotic and a bit fattening an on the other hand its acid was surprisingly mild (especially for 2008). To me there wasn't so much Chablis in this Chablis. Anyway, undoubtedly a very decent ***** Chardonnay. The second bottle on the left - Domaine Huet's Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Le Haut-Lieu 1989 - chose not to perform at all! It decided to get flawed by some miserably pesky cork defect! What a ... oh blast! Then again, the absent bottle, only absent on the photo above, showed beautifully thirst quenching as well as very serving à point qualities on a very decent ***** level. Oh, almost forgot … I am writing about Anita and Hans Nittnaus's Blaufränkisch Leithaberg from 2007. The bottle on the very right, the Nussberg Alte Reben Gemischter Satz 2011 from Weingut Wieninger in Vienna could not really convince me with its so-lala *** qualities. This one appeared a bit disjoint, lethargic and pretty alcoholic