It is the end of a long and sunny weekend, and everyone following the primeurs campaign is curious to know what will happen tomorrow (if anything will happen at all).
A week ago, immediately after the presentation of the Bordeaux 2008 vintage in Bordeaux, Château Angélus released its price, with lightning speed, 40% below the 2007 price. This was much twittered about last week.
It was a promising start, but apart from a few minor releases, nothing happened afterwards. The châteaux must be racking their brains over what to do. Release low in an effort to spark sales? Release high and sell... in the future perhaps, but protect the price level of the 2007s? Or not release at all? We will wait and see.
In the meantime I have tasted some good wines. Seemed like a good idea. A classic row: a sparkler, a white and a red.
CHAMPAGNE DAVID LECLAPART "L'APOTRE" 2002, MEURSAULT 2006 FROM ARNAUD ENTE AND CHAMBERTIN CLOS DE BEZE 1996 FROM LOUIS JADOT. FROM THE MEURSAULT I ACCIDENTALLY SHOT THE BACK-LABEL...
1. Champagne David Léclapart "L'Apôtre" 2002, 1er cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut
Wow, this is an impressive Champagne (biodynamic). Fresh, pure (apple core) yet open and with - even - a hint of oxidation, sherry. The mousse is very soft, and the wine is dry, broad and intense, with gripping acids in a lingering finish. A mouth-filling, gentle experience, and very pure. Great!
2. Meursault 2006, Arnaud Ente
Impressive, some sweetness, and some oak. Floral, full and energetic. Not very fat. Mineral, and not too acidic. Good (to very good) Meursault. Tasted blind. One that I definitely would like to taste again!
3. Chambertin Clos de Bèze 1996, Louis Jadot
The last one is a big name, and particularly a big company. The wine is very open, direct, with cherries or kirsch in the nose. A vital appearance, after 13 years. Supple texture, good wine but quite straightforward, not quite of grand cru level I would think...