Birthday wine


It’s easy to remember Geoff’s birthday – the whole country celebrates with fireworks. He was in London on the day but we got together on Sunday evening with some wine befitting a such an auspicious occasion (he’s 64, since you ask). As you can see it was a white burgundy (Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres) with some bottle age. The rather tatty state of the bottle is due to the Waitrose ‘reduced price’ label being (partially) removed.

Tasted blind, from a decanter. Bright straw yellow in the glass – more New World than Old, on the nose a rich toffee aroma, almost sweet with a hint of struck match. This last enabled me – not very confidently – to suggest southern Burgundy. A long, powerful, lemony, complex taste, the richness being well balanced by some acidity. Geoff’s attempt to auto-suggest lime didn’t work for me. A classy, mature wine with plenty of life which went well with some soft cheese and walnuts.

[Geoff: I was surprised by the lime notes of this wine, which, for me, dominated the lemony elements. It was more delicate than I expected it to be but I believe that is the style of a Puligny. Benjamin Lewin MW regards its “steely minerality, the precision in the fruits, the sense of backbone” as being the “quintessence of white Burgundy” – and who are we to argue.]


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