A "Secret" Christmas In Tel Aviv (Dec. 25, 2013)

An impromptu engagement celebration for Naty Namdar, as well as a Christmas dinner at the Secret Place traveling bistro, hosted at Elba on the day in question.

Domaine Buisson-Charles, Meursault, Vieilles Vignes, 2010

Minerals, nuts fairly complex nose.  Presence of oak in the palate, plenty of fruit, though, with juicy acidity. The oak fairly integrates with air, so it's all good. At the end of the day, what we have here is a plump Meursault with mitigating salinity.

Bourgogne Crown, 280 NIS.

De Montille, Volnay Premier Cru, Champans, 2005

A restrained nose; on the palate, on the other hand, the fruit, while regal, is blacker than I'd expect, even from a 2005. Surprisingly animalistic, making it a tough riddle at blind tastings. Complex and powerful, yet with a soft heart. Supple and succulent.

Burgundy Wine Collection, recent vintages sell for about 450 NIS these days.

Comte Armand, Pommard Premier Cru, Clos De Epeneaux, 1993

Heady and spicy, with iron and leather, and very long. Rusty tannins. A Bourgogne for Barolo lovers. It's a real pleasure to be drinking such a vigorous twenty year old athlete and you can smell the muscles that later hit your palate. I would never have guessed the vintage, but I nailed it as Comte Armand.

Burgundy Wine Collection, recent vintages sell for about 500 NIS these days.

La Maison Romane, Corton Grand Cru, Les Perrières, 2008

This outstanding, unique Corton proves, once again, that the spirit of Rene Engel lives on!

Bourgogne Crown, 550 NIS.

Louis Carillon, Puligny Premier Cru, Champs-Canet, 2007

If not Chablis, then Puligny: steely, flinty. Sweet fruit, but lime-y fruit. The reason I don't give up on white Burgundy is wines like this one. Elegant, austere yet giving. What oak is in there is deeply integrated. A cool wine. Much better than the last bottle we had,for whatever reason (my guess is temperature and aeration - or travel shock).