Blind date

There’s nothing like blind tastings to test the skills. I enjoy them but you have to accept that you’ll look, and sound like, a fool on many occasions. So, let’s try to reproduce the event.
Colour – white wine, star bright, lemon yellow, quite deep – suggested age, some viscosity (guessed 13 %)
Nose – slight wood, mature rather than fresh, but not unpleasantly so. Guessed age at 2008/9. Not particularly strong variety of grape but sensed Chardonnay.
Palate – dry, lemon notes, big in the mouth and still the slight presence of cask. Lovely mouth feel, a serious and classy wine.
Now the guessing starts. My response was a northern Burgundy but discounted Chablis as it was too rich. Too distinguished for Maconnais so I went for the southern part of the Cote d’Or – the Cote de Beaune. I started bandying names such as Marsannay and Pernand-Vergelesses.
Then the big reveal – Chassagne-Montrachet, Ch. de la Maltroye 2008 13.5 alc. I felt reasonably chuffed. Thanks to Richard for providing such a quality wine (from Waitrose direct, £37). Excellent.The wood faded, by the way.



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