Besides writing entries here Geoff has a ‘day job’, although it usually takes place in the evenings.
This is giving talks about wine on behalf of the Birmingham Wine School. These normally take place in central Birmingham but last Friday Geoff gave a talk on Burgundy, upstairs in our local, so I went along. Geoff’s knowledge of the region (unlike mine) is extensive but he wears his knowledge lightly so I knew the evening would be interesting and informative. We tasted eight wines, four each of red and white including the Gevrey-Chambertin above. The wine had not been decanted and I thought the nose muted with no pinot characteristics. The taste was rather closed and didn’t really say pinot to me, either. So a good wine, certainly with ageing potential and at £26 (can’t recall the supplier), pretty good value, for burgundy at least.
The following Sunday Geoff offered me a wine to taste, blind. Pale pinot appearance, unmistakable pinot nose and taste. Drying but with a savoury/sweet edge, some fruit, not too green but still rather young. Very nice. Using what I had learnt at the talk I deduced this was old world/France/Burgundy/northern Burgundy which was gratifyingly correct. It was, of course, another bottle of the same wine, decanted for an hour and all the better for it. So a lesson learnt – it never hurts to decant (and we thought the whites would have benefitted, as well). And if you are looking for an enjoyable evening out try the BWS.