Tonight, for Friday evening dinner, we decided to shun protocol and serve
shrimps in red-wine sauce along with red (B) (WE eat, Dorit cooks < vbg >). We
opened another 1er Cru of the 1989 vintage.
Oeuf Bourguignon (a recipe was posted a while ago)
Shrimps in red wine sauce (tomatoes, red wine, a touch of red Vermouth and
Cheese (Edam, Gruyere)
Pears poached in brandy and spices, topped with pastry sponge
The shrimps in red-wine turned out very tasty, but I can't say we liked the
match with the red (B).
Vosne - Suchots 1989 J. Drouhin
11/94. Acquired from Beaune June-94 for $24 (imported for $30 net).
One of the best 1er Crus from Vosne-Romanee. Drouhin is not an owner here.
Opened 15 minutes before we started dinner.
COLOR: Medium violet-red, a bit pale towards the rim.
NOSE: Quite powerful combination of (B)-smell, dark-berries and oak. More
powerful and intoxicating then Drouhin's delicate Clos des Mouches we had last
TASTE: I didn't like it at first (though Dorit did). The fruit was delivered,
but the acidity, alcohol, and especially the tannins were all felt separately.
Furthermore, the tannins were sharp and left an almost bitter aftertaste. I
voiced my opinion but Dorit said she doesn't understand what I'm talking
about. Somewhere between the main course and the cheese, the famous miracle of
'PN transformation in the glass' happened within no more than 5-6 minutes. The
wine became totally rounded! No sharp tannins, no bitter aftertaste, just
tasteful, smooth and homogeneous good (B) with different a taste, more spicy
than fruity. It cannot be the food, as it happened while we were enjoying the
shrimps, but complaining the wine just doesn't go with them. From now on, I'm
going to let any '89 (B) breathe for at least an hour.
LENGTH: Fairly long but dry, even bitter at first.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: A good measure of alcohol, acidity and tannins. With me -
none of them should show up separately, as was the case here. Maybe it is
still too young. Due to its tannins, this wine will surely keep, and hopefully
get its act together, for at least five more years.
OVERALL: It is definitely a young and potent wine. Not what I'd call
full-bodied (like a Gevrey - Cazetiers), but certainly has more punch
than the delicate Clos des Mouches. It is a complex wine with different
layers of taste revealing themselves as drinking progress. Good value.
MARK: 16/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.