A Smorgasbord of Wines!
2003 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin, Charmes-Chambertin
Wow. This is just a great bottle of aged Burg. Tannins have all but disappeared leaving a rich palate of sweet and ripe dark fruits without any of the heat of the vintage. Secondary nuances include some earth, mushroom decay and some umami that makes this wine something special. From a producer better known for his whites, this is a lovely Grand Cru. DB.
NV Jean Velut, Champagne Blanc de Blancs
I liked it more as a wine than a Champagne. Very small, almost imperceptible bead – just a fine delicate fizz. Golden yellow. Citrus. Bright. Nice mineral cut. A lot of acid to balance out the richness. DB.
2000 Lamborghini (La Fiorita), Campoleone Umbria IGT
A great mature Italian. Very distinctive in that the blend (half Sangiovese/half Merlot) really packs a punch in terms of richness and depth. Beautiful floral nose. Some ripe red fruit and blueberry when first sipped, turning toward older leather and spice on the mid-palate. A big wine with a long finish. Still youthful but developed. DB.