One of the greatest parts of running your own business (apart from setting your own hours) is you can follow what you love and what interests you. So when wine importer Euan McKay suggested we do a dinner showcasing Burgundy 2009 I said yes before he had finished his sentence. For me the only thing better than drinking Burgundy from a great vintage is drinking old Burgundy from a great vintage.
So the DINNER OF THE CENTURY was born (you have to imagine Pete Smith saying it!). The Point at Albert Park was selected as the venue and from the moment they sent through a sample menu I was salivating.
|As you can see it is a rather visually appealing venue too!|
Champagne J. Lassalle Brut Preference N.V. A stunning Champagne made from five vintages and a blend of one third of each of the three varieties (Chard and Pinots Noir and Meunier). Brilliantly floral, nice crispness and excellent length and great body. I think I am smitten! Certainly this is one of the best Champagnes I have tasted in a long time.
Tete de cochon, pickled chanterelles and black pudding 2008 Pierre Morey Meursault ‘Les Tessons’ These two wines were quite different in outlook. The 08 showed a lot more funky, dirt and earthy notes over the floral, peach, creamy and hint lactic notes. The palate was all silk, purity, clean and clear white Burgundy. Just so lovely. Especially when the food arrived.
2009 Pierre Morey Meursault ‘Les Tessons’ By contrast the 2009 was more pure, clean and restrained with a fuller, richer and riper edge as you would expect from the vintage differences. There was a lot of charm in the powerful and full palate which made it great drinking on its own.
Both Tessons did share an elegance and finesse with so fine boned phenolic and acidic grip. They were a very impressive start.
|The kind of wines you’d like to meet in a dark alley. Or a restaurant.|
Murray cod, creamed leeks, parsnip and Avruga 2008 Michelot Meursault Premier Cru ‘Genevrieres’ The step up to premier cru was evident here. There is an extra level of denseness and concentration. Again the 08 showed a hint of funk to balance the pristine stone fruits. Great purity, clean with nice mid-palate fat. Such an enjoyable wine.
2009 Michelot Meursault Premier Cru ‘Genevrieres’ This wine showed a line of stony/minerality, with red apples and a hint of doughy/lees. Powerful and pure this wine was just a baby and really needs to hide in the cellar for a while yet.
This pair certainly showed more typical Meursault power and muscle while being finely balanced and very drinkable (as shown by numerous empty glasses before the plates were cleared!).
Yarra Valley duck, roasted breast and confit leg, leek and truffle pithivier, Griottine cherries 2009 Tollot-Beaut Savigny-Champ-Chevrey Premier Cru ‘Monopole’ If I could only drink one wine for the rest of my life this would be it. It has the charm and vibrancy that makes Pinot Noir great with some gritty, earthy tones and succulence on the palate. Great drinking now but it certainly has a lot more to offer if you can stay away.
2009 Violot-Guillemard Pommard Premier Cru ‘La Platiere’ This wine was very raw and youthful. Sour cherries, pepper and mineral. The palate had nice flesh and silk, hints of ironstone and dark chocolate. Powerful Pommard at its very best. Leave for at least seven years for best effect. Might I comment that the duck dish was a stand out of an exceptionally great menu. The wines played a happy foil to it with the different textures of duck marrying with the different expressions of Pinot.
|An impressive line up. Same line up in ten years time? I’ll make a time capsule!|
Cheese – Epoisses, Cote-d’Or France, Jean Perrin Le Secret de Scey, Franche-Comté France 2009 Christian Serafin Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru ‘Les Corbeaux’ Wow! Dense, rich, dark and with a fair hint of oak. There was plenty of red fruits and mid palate silk with this wine that is a tightly wound coil at the moment. This needs time to relax and unwind to show its very best, but let me say again ‘wow!’
2009 Hubert Lignier Morey-St-Denis Premier Cru ‘Les Chaffots’ Smoke, earth and minerals, red blue and black fruits, silk and flesh, firm tannins and lots of muscle! A wine with something to prove. I think this wine will always be slightly tannic but with the right dish that will be swept away and the complexity and perfume will really shine. Also, not being shown next to the Serafin could help the cause haha!
I’m a sucker for Epoisses, I think of all the dishes the cheese didn’t marry as well with the wines but separately the food and wine of this course were awesome.
The final verdict? Who wants to do it again next week? Seriously though, impressive wines through out. 2009 is a vintage you will regret not buying more no matter how much you have. And if you haven’t eaten at The Point you should add it to your to do list!