David Allen MW writes:
For me the long Easter weekend contained quite a lot of DIY, fortunately there were a number of vinous gems, the sharing of which did much to compensate for the hours spent with paintbrush in hand!
Meursault 1994 Hospices de Beaune, “Cuvée de Bahezre de Lanlay”
Lunch on Easter Sunday started with a glass of 1994 Meursault 1er Cru “Cuvée de Bahezre de Lanlay”, Hospices de Beaune, Louis Jadot (£181.87 dzn inc VAT
£15.16 per half btl inc VAT. very limited stock)
its wonderful complexity was enthralling. Drunk well-chilled, sitting in the sun in the garden in the sun (often a difficult place for fine wines to shine) the wine exhibited a delicate butterscotch & pear fruit overlaying slightly salty oxidative hints of Palo Cortado Sherry that older white Burgundies develop, the wine is not going to develop further but was a real treat!
1990 Chateau St Pierre, Pomerol (alas now sold out, but other vintages are still available) provided a soft, mellow accompaniment to a silverside of beef.
With a dessert containing lashings of cream and chocolate I served the 2000 Lakeview Cellars Vidal Icewine (£175.03 dzn inc VAT £14.59 20cl btl inc. VAT) This unusual wine from Canada’s Niagara Peninsular was a delight. Very high in sugar, was a deep rich tawny colour, with concentrated figs and raisins on the palate and a long fresh finish. Not a classic Icewine perhaps, but a superb rich sweetie whose 20cl format was just right to give a glass each for 4 diners, plus if you buy one, you’ll get one free for a limited period!
Two wonderful hedonistic wines from the peerless Alsace producer Zind Humbrecht were the weekend’s other two highlights:
With a classic cheeseboard the 2005 Gewurztraminer “Herrenweg de Turckheim”, Domaine Zind Humbrecht (£240.89 per dzn inc VAT £20.07 btl inc VAT) combined a full rich body with delightful rose petal perfumes, it glides from from a fresh lychee texture and flavour on the attack to persistent Turkish delight flavours on a lovely fresh finish.
Supped in a friends’ garden on Easter Monday the 2006 Pinot Gris “Rotenberg”, Domaine Zind Humbrecht (£267.29 per dzn inc VAT £22.27 btl inc VAT) was a fabulous golden coloured, rich textured, honeyed delight. A show stopper – it had the texture and rich flavours of a luscious sweet wine, but with only a hint of sweetness, superb balance and an incredible length of flavour.
I only hope the next Bank Holiday weekend contains as many lovely treats!
David Allen MW