Wednesday was Halloween, and the last night before I forego wine for a week
and a half (for waistline reasons). Gave out a couple thousand pieces of c
andy at office, then came home to make dinner while occasionally running to
door for more trick?or?treaters. Tuna steak, collards, qui
noa, and salad. Wine was 2009 Chandon de Briailles ?Ile de Vergeles
ses? 1er. Unsurprisingly tight at first, opened through night. Ripe
without showing heat (says 13.5 abv) or roasted notes. Quite a bit of tann
in. Black cherry and raspberry, a little mocha, stony finish. Last glass ha
s some smoke and mushroom. Nice wine, long finish, but probably better to l
et rest quite a while. B for drinking now, expect to improve.
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine,
B a good wine, C drinkable. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a p
arty where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi
ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
You surprise me, Dale. I wouldn't have thought that many '09s were
ready to go now and IME this particular bottling is especially backward.
I've opened a few '07 CbB IdVs and they've been quite tight, too.
Their stem inclusion seems to really take time to soften and resolve.
I surprised myself. I didn't plan ahead, and when we got in from downtown c
andy-giving I hadn't planned ahead for wine. I was trying to get dinner rea
dy, answer door for kids, and choose wine (every time I went to basement I
would hear kids arrive!). So not much time for perusal, and I wanted somet
hing from Burgundy that:
1) I hadn't had recently
2) was good enough for my last night of wine for 10 days
3) wasn't pricey enough that I would regret putting leftovers in vinegar cr
ock, as I don't think I want remainders in 11 days.
This had better shot that some young Pommards in same box.
So yeah, pretty closed down and tough at first. I found enjoyment later, bu
t clearly not optimal, so rest of these will rest for a while
You never know to