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The 2012 Robert Kacher Spring Portfolio Tasting: Alsace

From the Alsatian part of the portfolio we tasted through the wines of Domaine Mure and Domaine Ehrhart.  Between these two estates fifteen wines were poured representing sparkling Crement d’Alsace, still wines made from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Auxerrois, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling, and two late-harvest offerings of Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive and Selection de Grains Nobles.  That is quite a variety!

Domaine Mure

Of these wines I particularly enjoyed the two Rieslings along with the Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive.  For those who want a big Gewurztraminer experience give the Selection a try.

NV Mure, Crement d’Alsace, Brut
There was a bit of rich botrytis to the nose.  In the mouth the interesting fruit came forward on explosive bubbles that popped into softness.

2010 Mure, Pinot Blanc, Signature
There was a good textured nose of floral white fruit.  In the mouth there were ripe apples with a touch of sweet spice before the tart finish.  There was a round quality in the cheeks.

2009 Mure, Riesling, Grand Cru Vorbourg
The nose was subtle with grainy aromas.  In the mouth there was laser-beam precise fruit powered by acidity.  The particular flavors were supported by ample acidity before the good aftertaste of tart and textured apples.  Nice.

2009 Mure, Riesling, Clos St Landelin
This had a subtle though more lifted nose of crunchy aromas.  In the mouth the flavors were spritely on the tongue with a touch of petrol then apple with plenty of focus and power.  There were even some drying tannins.  Nice.

2010 Mure, Pinot Gris, Signature
This was smoother in the mouth with less acidity than the Rieslings.  There was good perfumed fruit in the finish and aftertaste.

2010 Mure, Gewurztraminer, Signature
There was a lovely floral and fruity nose, very Gewurztraminer.  In the mouth the flavors were textured and combined with more residual sugar.  Showing more acidity than the previous Pinot Gris there was ample floral, sweet fruit, and a long aftertaste.

2007 Mure, Gewurztraminer, Clos St Landelin, Vendange Tardive
This was light-yellow in the glass.  In the mouth it was succulent with lightly racy, yellow fruit and a sweet, oily (nut-oil) texture.

Domaine Ehrhart (Domaine St Remy in Europe)

Of these wines I enjoyed the last five offerings (though the Crement d’Alsace was a strong start).  The two wines from Herrenweg showed good texture, the Pinot Gris Im Berg had a nice oily feel, and Selection de Grains Nobles was all around lovely.  If I generalized a description of these wines I would say they had an approachfulness which makes them very easy to taste (or drink for those at home).

NV Ehrhart, Crement d’Alsace
This wine is 100% Chardonnay produced by Methode Traditionnelle.  The nose was a little yeasty.  In the mouth there was ripe fruit with good explosive, lively bubbles, and a touch of racy flavor.

2010 Ehrhart, Pinot Auxerrois, Val St Gregoire
There was a focused, textured nose.  This wine was easy gong in terms of fruit and acidity, with a cool chewy quality, and some sweet spice.

2010 Ehrhart, Riesling, Vieilles Vignes
The nose bore tropical fruit.  In the mouth it was laid back, easy to drink, with dry sweet tannins, and a touch of watering acidity in the aftertaste.

2010 Ehrhart, Riesling, Herrenweg
There was a nose of stones. In the mouth the flavors were fine and textured, a bit sweet, with a touch of petrol-like fruit.  The yellow fruit was racy and good to swish around the mouth.

2010 Ehrhart, Riesling, Grand Cru Hengst
This wine is 100% Riesling sourced from higher and deep soils at 250-280 meters.  There was good depth in the mouth, complex flavors, good acidity, balance, and a racy personality.  Nice, should age well.

2010 Ehrhart, Pinot Gris, Im Berg
This had restrainted ripe fruit tilting towards tart-white.  The acidity was supporting with a nice mouthfeel, oily, and lovely.

2010 Ehrhart, Gewurztraminer, Herrenweg
The fruit in the nose steps out with stone aromas.  In the mouth there was sweet residual sugar with perfumed, oily fruit, good balance between mouthfeel and acidity, along with lots of texture.

2005 Ehrhart, Gewurztraminer, Selection de Grains Nobles
This is produced only ever 5-10 years from the lieu-dit “Markon.” (sp?)  This was tropical, racy and lithe with a familiar perfume, beautiful texture, dense, complex and ripe.  The long finish left flavors of orange and rose blossom.  Lovely and a special treat to taste.

The Author and Corinne Ehrhart

The 2012 Robert Kacher Spring Portfolio Tasting: Rhone and Languedoc

I love the wines of the Rhone and Languedoc-Roussillon so I eagerly started in on this part of the portfolio tasting.  My two favorite wines were easily the 2009 Jamet, Cote-Rotie and the 2010 Les Cailloux, Centenniere, Chateauneuf du Pape.  The Jamet was a complete and self-confident wine, absolutely beautiful.  The Les Cailloux was at the other end of the spectrum with power and concentration to its incredible array of flavors, yet it was not overwhelming.  At the more affordable end of things you cannot go wrong with any of the four wines from Chateau d’Or et de Gueules for they will make you and your friends smile.

Michel & Stephane Ogier

The Le Temps Este Venue is well-done for a Cotes du Rhone Villages.  In general I felt the 2010 wines showed well with the 2009 quite tight.

2010 Ogier, Condrieu
The fourth vintage of this 100% Viognier wine is produced from a one hectare vineyard.  The light nose was similar to the mouth with its flavors of young, white peach supported by fresh acidity.  There was some structure and a touch of ripeness.

2010 Ogier, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Le Temps Est Venue
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah sourced from the Plan de Dieu.  The nose was perfumed with violets and blacker fruit.  In the mouth the ripe fruit was chewy with fine, chewy tannins.  Young and good.

2010 Ogier, VdP Collines Rhodaniennes, La Rosine
This wine is 100% Syrah aged for 14 months in 10% new oak casks.  The nose was very perfumed.  In the mouth the flavors were restrained with the perfume note following through.  A tighter wine with black fruit in the aftertaste along with fine+ tannins.

2009 Ogier, Saint-Joseph
This played it tight.  Black and red fruit with a subtle roundness, drying perfumed tannins.  I had a hard time reading this wine.

2009 Ogier, Cote-Rotie
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from three hectares of vineyards.  This had a subtle ripe nose.  In the mouth there was good perfumed red fruit showing presence and pleasing mouthfeel.

Chateau d’Or et de Gueules

All four of these wines were great fun to taste for they are engaging and satisfying to drink with their juicy fruit.  I do like old-vine Carignan for I find a unique perfume in the flavors that is so appealing.  But I must admit a preference for the old-vine Mourvedre.

Diane de Puymorin, Chateau d’Or et de Gueules

2010 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, Les Cimels
This wine is a blend of 60% Syrah, 30% Carignan, and 10% Grenache which was aged in cement tank for two years.  There was a good fruity nose with perfume and delicate aromas.  In the mouth the initial flavors were ripe and powdery as old-school perfume came out with drying tannins.  This has a nice personality.  Drink over the short-term.

2010 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, Trassegum
This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah, 25% Carignan, and 25% Mourvedre which was aged for one year in French barrels and one year in tank.  The perfumed nose was a touch darker.  Again there is a good ripe start then racy black fruit with pleasing mouthfeel.  The flavors mixed with spicy, tannins and chewy, lovely flavors throughout.  Will age for five to ten years but fun to drink now.

2010 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, Que’es Aquo
This wine is 100% Carignan sourced from 80-year-old vines which was aged for six months in three-year old barrels.  The light+ nose bore beautiful perfume.  In the mouth the focused black and red fruit mixed with a haunting old perfume and a touch spicy tannin.  There is gentleness to this wine.  I would drink this over the short-term.

2008 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, La Bolida
This wine is a blend of 90% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache which was aged for 18 months in French oak.  the Mourvedre is sourced from 90-year-old vines.  The Mourvedre nose stood out with its perfumed red fruit which mixed with an old style grapefruit note (Kirsch).  The mouth followed with racy flavors, good concentration, rustic, almost hot, chewy, powerful coating tannins.  Strapping, drink over the next decade.

Domaine Jamet

It took one smell of my glass of 2009 Cote-Rotie to know I needed to drink and not spit this wine.  It was engaging, complex, and complete.  It caused me to focus and ignore all that was around.

2010 Domaine Jamet, Cotes du Rhone Blanc
This wine is a blend of 60% Marsanne 30% Viognier, and 10% Rousanne.  There was a subtle nose.  In the mouth the flavors were mouthfilling with a soft, slightly tart profile, a snappy apple-like focus, and touch of spice in the finish.

2009 Domaine Jamet, Cote-Rotie
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 25-50 year old vines then aged for almost two years in mostly casks of which 25% is new.  The lovely nose was effortless in its depth.  In the mouth this beautiful wine had great texture, red perfumed fruit, integrated acidity, a little pencil note, quiet concentration, and was simply easy to drink.  Arresting.

Domaine Les Cailloux

This was an enjoyable trio of wines.  I rather liked the Blanc.  The regular Chateauneuf du Pape is powerful stuff but the Centenniere manages to harness the power and deliver a confident variety of flavors.

2011 Domaine Les Cailloux, Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
This wine is a blend of 80% Roussanne, 10% Grenache Blanc, and 10% Clairette which was aged 4-6 months in vat.  There was a good nose of perfumed mixed berries.  In the mouth there was lots of focus and verve to the ripe fruit which bore rather appealing spice with an easy to drink personality.

2010 Domaine Les Cailloux, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah, and 3% other grapes sourced from vines averaging 60 years of age.  Aging is for 15-20 months with the Grenache in foudres and used barrels with the Syrah and Mourvedre in demi-muids.  The Mourvedre in the wine jumped out of the nose.  In the mouth the flavors were ripe and lively on the tongue, mouthfilling, chewy, spicy, with power and concentration.  It was quite expansive in the mouth.  The tannins were strong but integrated.  Big stuff, cellar for five years then drink over the next 15 years.

2010 Domaine Les Cailloux, Centenniere, Chateauneuf du Pape
This wine is roughly a blend of 80% Grenache, 12% Mourvedre and 8% Syrah sourced from 100+ year old vines.  Produced only in good years the Grenache is aged in tank with the Syrah and Mourvedre in used barrels.  The nose was tight but in the mouth there were very pure flavors delivered with power and raciness throughout.  The amazing fruit was black and perfumed, with lovely flavors, minerals sweeter towards the finish, and an enjoyable spicy Mourvedre note.  There was a long-lasting aftertaste.  This should last for a few decades!

Lou Taking Notes

Domaine Andre Brunel

2010 Andre Brunel, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah.  The lighter textured nose made was to decent, powdery red fruit in the mouth.  Approachable now and should provide early drinking.

Domaine Font de Michelle

2011 Domaine Font de Michelle, Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache Blanc, 25% Clairette, 20% Roussanne, and 5% Bourboulenc sourced from 40-year-old vines.  It was aged 6-8 months in stainless steel tank and new oak barrels.  The nose had leaner, brighter fruit.  In the mouth the flavors started with brightness then rounded out with creamy apple note, tartness, and some wood.

2010 Domaine Font de Michelle, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Cinsault, Counoise, Terret Noir, and Muscardin aged in foudre and barriques before tank.  This had a light, simpler nose of red, grapey fruit.  In the mouth the red fruit had some depth, a little muscle, but was overall light in personality.

Domaine Santa Duc

I am a big fan of Domaine Santa Duc so it was good fun to taste through a range from the 2009 vintage.  In general these were tight, muscular wines with a fair dose of tannins.  You should cellar all of these.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Cotes du Rhone, Vieilles Vignes
This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Cinsault, Counoise, and Carignan sourced from roughly 50 year old vines.  It was aged on the lees in vats.  There was a Mourvedre like nose.  In the mouth the tight stony fruit started off spicy with lots of structure and fine tannins.  Everything is in balance but this needs several years of age.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Cotes du Rhone, Les Quatre Terres
This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Carignan and Cinsault sourced from Vacqueryas, Roaix, Seguret, and Rasteau.  The nose was still tight with aromas of brambly fruit.  In the mouth there was ripe, stoney, structured fruit which was a touch spicy with black fruit in the finish.  The drying tannins were citrus-like.  This really needs some age for the tannins to resolve.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau, Les Blovac
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% syrah, and 10% Mourvedre sourced from the old vine parcel of Les Blovac.  The nose was a touch more tooty-fruity with its red aromas. In the mouth the flavors taste traditional with red fruit, structure, good acidity, and a hint of Mourvedre personality.  I would cellar this for three years.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Vacqueyras, Les Aubres
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah sourced from Les Aubes and La Ponche.  It was aged on the lees for 18 months in cask.  This wine had lurking power with its brambly fruit.  There was good restraint, tight structure, tasty flavors, and fine drying citrus-like tannins before the perfumed aftertaste.  I would cellar this three to five years.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc, Gigondas, Les Garancieres
This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre sourced from old vines.  It was aged half in old wooden vats and half on the lees in tank.  The nose was a bit earthy as it stood out.  In the mouth the muscular red fruit existed in a muscular frame but still managed delicate red notes.  There were very fine powerful tannins.  I would try this again after five years.

The 2012 Robert Kacher Spring Portfolio Tasting: 2010 Burgundy

Entrance with Spring Portfolio Tasting Sign

The Robert Kacher Spring Portfolio Tasting presented a large number of wines from Burgundy.  This selection of the 2010 vintage was reason enough to attend and could have engaged ones attention for the entire afternoon.  I have been fortunate to taste wines from several of the producers before but these have been assorted bottles.  If I generalize about the wines tasted I would say they bore fresh fruit with the ripeness in balance with the lively acidity and approachable tannins.  With determination and focus we set about tasting through a fair number of these wines.  Though we did not get through all of the Burgundy we tasted our fair share.  You will find my tasting notes in the order the wines were tasted.

Entrance To the Main Tasting Room From the Lobby

Domaine Marc Morey

Marc Morey first begin bottling his own wine in the 1950s.  Today the domaine is run by his daughter Marie-Joe and her husband Bernard Mollard.  The wines are produced from 25 acres of vineyards.  The fruit is whole bunch pressed, fermented in cask with indigenous yeast then aged in barrels.  As a whole these were lovely wines with interesting noses and almost luscious flavors in the mouth.

2010 Marc Morey, Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru En Virondot
There was a light to medium nose of ripe white fruit.  In the mouth the flavors were focused with notes of stone.  There was a good mouthfeel with a drier finish.  This young wine leaves nice spice flavors in the aftertaste.

2010 Marc Morey, Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Vergers
This had a more textured nose compared to the En Virondot with fresh floral aromas and a hint of ripeness.  The wine was mouthfilling with structured white fruit that was a bit tart and mixed with watering acidity.

2010 Marc Morey, Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Caillerets
The light nose revealed low-lying heavier white and yellow fruit with a floral component.  In the mouth there was focused power with good integration.  The wine was almost chewy.  Notes of stone came out before some drying tannins.

Domaine Xavier Monnot

These wines are produced from a 17 hectare estate which is farmed organically.  The fruit is hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeast, along with controlled use of new oak.  The white wines tilted towards white fruit with strong flavors and will definitely benefit from aging.  The red wines revealed grapey and black fruit with lively acidity, quite refreshing.  Of the whites I particularly liked the Les Chevalieres and Les Charmes.  Of the reds I would single out the Beaune Toussaints, the Pommard Les Vignots, and the Volnay Clos des Chenes.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Bourgogne Blanc “Les Grandes Coutures”
The nose was light with fresh fruit.  In the mouth the up-front acidity was watering and lighter.  The white fruit mixed with some white citrus and a bit of tartness.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Monthelie Blanc, Les Duresses
The light nose revealed more focus and texture to the aromas.  In the mouth the flavors were interesting with flavors of stone fruits.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Meursault, Le Limozin
This tasted young and a bit brawny with delicate flavors.  There was an underlying creamy apple note with drying tannins on the teeth.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Meursault, Les Chevalieres
This started with a powerful wave of flavors with some puckering before good, subtle ripe flavors and a touch of sweet spice.  Nice.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Meursault, 1er Cru Les Charmes
There was a good, medium-strength nose with rich aromas.  In the mouth the wine was youthful and tighter.  There were some white apple notes with a dry finish.  Nice.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Folatieres
This tart wine showed vigor as it filled the mouth.  There was a good soft feel and tangy aftertaste.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Maranges, 1er Cru Clos de la Fussiere
The nose revealed grapey fruit and old perfume. In the mouth the flavors were very grapey with a pepper note.  It was a little racy with flavors of black and red fruit, some pepper, and good acidity and grapey tannins.  Nice aftertaste.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Beaune, 1er Cru Cent Vignes
There was good youthful depth to the nose.  In the mouth the grapey fruit had fine focus with old perfume, spice, and more fine+ tannins.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Beaune, 1er Cru Toussaints
This nose was subtle and tight.  In the mouth the wine was chewy with flavors of fresh, darker red fruit.  There was structure and stones in the finish with racy flavors left on the tongue in the aftertaste.  Clearly young with a good future.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Pommard, Les Vignots
The nose was young with not-quite-brambly aromas and youthful power.  The purple and black fruit was tasty with a little spicy aspect and very fine, coating and drying tannins.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Volnay, 1er Cru Clos des Chenes
The youth nose revealed purple fruit with black fruit hints.  In the mouth there was a good core of black fruit, pencil shavings, and spicy, drying tannins.

Domaine Albert Morot

This is an old domaine that produces wine from 8 hectares of vines.  It has been run by Geoffroy Choppin de Janry since 2000.  The fruit is fermented in stainless steel with the red seeing less than a third new oak.  Geoffrey commented that this vintage saw approximately 40% reduction in yield.  The wines showed quite well all around.  I found the aromas to be somewhat subtle right now but there were determined flavors in the mouth…which I really liked.  Robert Kacher provided a magnum  of the 2003 Teurons for fun….and it sure was.  Grab a selection of these wines for your cellar!  I had a hard time describing the Aigrots so I would love to hear from others.

Geoffroy Choppin de Janry, Domaine Albert Morot

2010 Albert Morot, Savigny les Beaune, 1er Cru La Bataillere aux Vergelesses
There was darker redf ruit on the nose with a hint of red grapefruit.  The mouth followed the nose with quite nice fine grained, drying tannins.

2010 Albert Morot, Beaune, 1er Cru Cent Vignes
This nose revealed focus, subtle ripe fruit with a bit of grapiness.  In the mouth the red fruit was well structured in this precise wine with a hint of pepper and perfumed spices.

2010 Albert Morot, Beaune, 1er Cru Toussaints
The nose was subtle with dark fruit and hints of ripeness.  In the mouth the red fruit had good expansion, red citrus acidity, and very fine drying tannins.

2010 Albert Morot, Beaune, 1er Cru Aigrots
The nose was lifted but subtle with red fruit and red grapefruit.  In the mouth the red fruit mixed with coffee and had a hard to describe component that stood out.  Good and quite unique.

2010 Albert Morot, Beaune, 1er Cru Bressandes
The nose was subtle.  In the mouth the flavors were darker, tighter with fresh, almost chewy red fruit.  The fine+ tannins dried on the lips.

2010 Albert Morot, Beaune, 1er Cru Teurons
The nose was of focused red fruit.  In the mouth there was controlled power, stones, really quite nice, good depth, chewy, and a racy finish with black fruit.

2003 Albert Morot, Beaune, 1er Cru Teurons, en magnum
This was lovely with an earthy and open nose.  In the mouth there was beautiful texture and mineral flavors in this maturing but still youthful wine.  It had a good ethereal character.  Beautiful.

Domaine Joblot

These wines are produced from 14 hectares of vines.  These wines are fermented and aged in barrel for up to 16 months.  These are strapping, interactive wines that will clearly benefit from age.

Domaine Joblot

2010 Joblot, Givry, 1er Cru Clos du Cellier aux Moines
The brambly nose lightly mixed with spices, quite a lot was going on.  In the mouth the red and black fruit was cool and tight, showing a similar spice as on the ose.  The tannins were chewy.  This has good potential.

2010 Joblot, Givry, 1er Cru Clos de la Servoisine
The nose revealed blacker fruit and stones.  In the mouth there was a subtle perfume to the fruit with was tart and red with a black core.  This definitely needs time and is very young.

Domaine Claude Dugat

These wines are produced from 12 hectares of vineyards which are farmed organically.  The wines are fermented and aged in barrel for up to 16 months.

2010 Claude Dugat, Bourgogne Rouge
This had a good mixed berry nose that stood out.  In the mouth there were tart red fruit, though a touch thinner than the nose.

2010 Claude Dugat, Gevrey-Chambertin
Again there was a good mixed berry nose with some ink.  In the mouth the tart red fruit had plenty of acidity, dryning tannins, and a delicate perfume.

Domaine Chauvenet-Chopin

These wines are produced from 17 hectares of vineyards.  The Village and Premier Cru wine see up to one-third new oak with the Grand Cru seeing up to two-thirds.  These fruit driven wines are meant to be drunk younger.  They were easily approachable with the Argillas being a clear step up in quality.

2010 Chauvenet-Chopin, Bourgogne Rouge
The nose was fruity with some old school notes.  In the mouth the creamy red fruit mixed with pastilles and grapefruit.  This is easy-going for near term consumption.

2010 Chauvenet-Chopin, Cotes de Nuits Villages
The light nose had a core of brambly black and red fruit aromas.  In the mouth this wine was fruity, dense, with good acidity as it turned tarter with spicy tannins.

2010 Chauvenet-Chopin, Nuits Saint Georges, Argillas
This wine stepped up with a refined fruity and grape nose with quite nice depth. In the mouth the tart black and red fruit bore similar depth with racy flavors and good concentration.

Maison Ambroise

This is an old domaine dating back to the 18th century.  Bertrand Ambroise took over the domaine in 1987 which produced wine from 17 hectares of vines.  He works organically.  The wines are left on their lees for one year and may see 100% oak in barrels less than two years old.  Starting with the Cotes de Nuits Villages these wines all bore beautiful aromas.  They are vigorously youthful and need time in the cellar.  My favorites were the Nuits St Georges, 1er Cru Les Vaucrains and the Corton, Grand Cru Le Rognet.

Maison Ambroise

2010 Maison Ambroise, Aries, Bourgogne
This is produced from 70-year-old vines farmed organically, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and raised in 30% new oak.  The nose revealed old-school perfume and grapefruit.  In the mouth there was focused red fruit with a little tartness.

2010 Maison Ambroise, Bourgogne Rouge
This is raised in 20% new oak.  The nose contained redder fruit with old perfume.  In the mouth the flavors were focused with crisp acidity, and black flavors in the finish.  Quite tight.

2010 Maison Ambroise, Cotes de Nuits Villages
This wine had a good nose with a little bit of inky perfume.  The perfume note follows into the mouth with focused red fruit and acidity.

2010 Maison Ambroise, Nuits St Georges, Vieilles Vignes
This nose was a bit restrained with good inky perfume.  In the mouth the redder fruit was pure with less tartness and no inky character.

2010 Maison Ambroise, Nuits St Georges, Hautes Prulieres
The light nose bore low-lying aromas.  In the mouth the black and red fruit was chewy with acidity.  Perhaps a touch of oak came out as the flavors became tart and tight with chunky acidity.  The finish was spicy with fine, powerful tannins. Quite nice.

2010 Maison Ambroise, Nuits St Georges, 1er Cru Les Vaucrains
The nose bore lovely red fruit and floral aromas.  In the mouth the black and red flavors mixed with dried herbs and integrated acidity.  There were similar spicy, powerful tannins.  Quite nice.

2010 Maison Ambroise, Corton, Grand Cru Le Rognet
The beautiful nose revealed black and red fruit with brewed black tea aromas.  In the mouth the flavors were lively on the tongue with a good core and black fruit in the aftertaste.  This wine was tight but shows strong potential for its long life.  Quite nice.

The 2010 Robert Kacher Spring Portfolio Tasting: Champagne

The Washington Club

Yesterday Lou and I attended the 2012 Robert Kacher Spring Porfolio Tasting in Washington, DC.  The tasting was held at the historic Patterson Mansion on Dupont Circle which is the clubhouse for the 19th century Washington Club.  With a primarily French portfolio there were wines and spirits from all of the major regions.  There were a tremendous number of wines to taste providing exciting opportunities at every table.  The pours were ample allowing for one to take detailed notes but Lou and I kept up a comfortable pace allowing us balance reasonable note-taking with increased exposure.  Due to the large number of my notes I will be splitting up my posts about this tasting.

The tasting was held in three spaces of the mansion.  We decided to start by tasting Champagne in the central lobby which is reached by a double staircase from the entrance.  This was my first introduction to these wines and I was particularly pleased by their diversity.  All were quite drinkable, youthful, and left good residual flavors in the aftertaste.

Champagne in the Lobby

NV Pascal Doquet, Blanc de Blancs, Brut
This wine is 100% Chardonnay .  The nose revealed sweet apples and yeast aromas.  In the mouth the medium strength bubbles carried green apple flavors with minerality.  The aftertaste left good residual flavors on the tongue.

2002 Pascal Doquet, Grand Cru Les Mesnil sur Oger
This wine is 100% Chardonnay.  This had a powerful start with yeasty flavors, drier, prickly bubbles, and a mouth filling aftertaste.

NV Pascal Doquet, Rose Brut 1er Cru
This wine is a blend of 68% Chardonnay and 32% Pinot Noir.  With a color of light salmon the nose was fruitier with a hint of yeast.  In the mouth there were delicate cranberry and apple flavors with a good aftertaste.  This was more charming and not as explosive.

NV Lamiable, Brut Grand Cru
This wine is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay.  There was a subtle nose of yeast and biscuits.  This was mouthfilling with an effervescence to the tart white and apple fruit.  The finish was quite creamy.

2006 Lamiable, Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru, Cuvee Les Meslaines
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from 40-year-old vines in Les Meslaines.  This was powerful and lively on the tongue.  It starts with apple-like acidity then settles down with a tart and dark yeasty note in the finish.  There were still bubbles in the end.

NV Lamiable, Blanc de Blancs, Cuvee Pheerie
This wine is 100% Chardonnay.  This starts with explosive power with a controlled linear delivery of fruit.  It showed good integration and gentle bubbles.