Friday, November 29, 2013

With Eran and Yotam at Toto (Oct. 31, 2013)

Will any local importer be so kind as to bring this to Israel?
 An evening with winemakers Eran Pick (Tzora Vineyards) and Yotam Sharon (Trio) was a good opportunity to spread the word on an excellent, relatively inexpensive white Bourgogne, and to re-discover (sort of) two reds.

Domaine Hubert Lamy, Saint-Aubin Premier, Cru Clos de Meix, 2010

Flinty, fresh,  balanced, pure. Just what I expected, just what I remembered from previous encounters, with a juicy finish reminiscent of Riesling.

At about 200 NIS, this is one of the better values offered by Bourgogne Crown.

Pierre Gaillard, St. Joseph, 2005

This is only Gaillard's regular cuvee, not the single vineyard Clos de Cuminaille, and at eight years of age, it performs like a cross between Cote Rotie and Hermitage, with a nose redolent of black pepper, violets, wood shavings and bacon (and, of course, black fruit). Illegally tasty and a downright amazing value at 17 GBP.

Chateau La Grave, Trigant De Boiset, Pomerol, 2008

A young ,tasty, pungently earthy, Merlot-based claret, made by Eran's mentor Jean-Claude Berrouet. Actually, I had this at a tasting last year, but it plays better on a dinner table than on a tasting bench.

Wine Route, about 230 NIS.

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