Two pinots?

pommard meyer

The rather cryptic heading is because there is a link between these two pinot noirs (spatburgunder is the German word) – neither (much) tasted of pinot.

Geoff is much more knowledgable about pinot than me so, naturally, he was asked to taste these wines blind, with little success but I would defy anyone to guess the grape of the Meyer-Nakel. A non-existent nose led to a fruity, not very interesting taste. The WS claim that the 2011 (this was 2009) has ‘true pinot fragrance substance and charm’ but we couldn’t get it.

Unlike the Meyer-Nakel, the Pommard 2001 (also WS) was decanted, about five hours before drinking. Didn’t make much difference, as the nose was indistinct and the pinot flavour, when it arrived, very muted. A better wine but at twice the price. Sold as fully mature but perhaps still a bit young. ‘Sturdy’ is the Jancis Robinson description. Went well with a venison daube though.

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