Meursault - Genevrieres 1990 Bouchard P&F
8/94. Bought in Paris May-93 for $40.Halved cherry-tomatoes in olive-oil, garnished with parsley.
As I have recently bashed Bouchard P&F on several occasions, I thought it is
only fair to open my last bottle of this firm and see if I should reassess my
Les Genevrieres being one of the best Meursault 1er Cru vineyards, and 1990 an
excellent vintage for almost any Bourgogne.
Dorit and I took the bottle with us to our favorite sea-food restaurant in
Tel-Aviv (I called earlier to ask the owner if I could bring my own wine.
"Only if you let me taste it" said he). We ordered a huge assortment of
sea-food delicacies (the menu says "for 2 to 4 people"), but asked not to be
served everything at once. We had:
Grilled bacon-wrapped scallops.
Shrimps in butter, garlic and wine.
Fried, pannitured scallops.
Alaska king-crab legs.
Orange mousse and coffee.
We paid $100 inc tip (no "corkage" fee or such nonsense), but could
hardly get up from the table.
The color was almost full yellow. Nothing pale about this wine. Even just
looking at it, the wine looked "fat", a sensation that repeated itself both on
the nose ("butter"?) and in the mouth.
A pronounced pleasant aroma that stayed at the same level for two hours. It was
very good though not altogether fruity. Oak was felt, but not too much.
Very tasty, viscous and strong (13.5%) on the pallet, but not enough acidity
for balance. (Dorit doesn't agree here). Quite a long and developing finish,
but one persisting fault: When the taste finally subsides, there is a
bitterish after-taste left in the mouth (Dorit does agree here < g >).
All in all very good wine. I don't think it is going to improve much in the
future (unless this bitter after-taste could mellow away somehow, given enough
MARK: 16/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Maybe.
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