Grand Cru from a great vintage.
16 April 2016
Shell runs the cellar. Browsing through the list and selecting the wines.
Narrowing her search to 'Burgundy' she chooses whatever takes her fancy.
In this instance a Grand Cru from the highly rated 1999 vintage.
When I suggested that this might be considered a special occasion wine and perhaps another bottle might be more suitable for a lazy Saturday evening meal she simply remarked 'every meal you have with me is a special occasion Grant'.
You can't argue with that.
1999 Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut Corton Les Bressandes Grand Cru
Closed and reductive before opening up after an hour or so.
Somewhat tertiary. Tobacco, dried herbs, dried meats on the nose.
A fraction thin on the palate with fading fine tannins.
Certainly an argument for decanting aged burgundies.
Good without being great. Perhaps my expectations were too high.