Friday night dinner for two at home:
Cheese-stuffed mushrooms wrapped in bacon, with a sweet & hot sauce
[delicious sauce = pineapple, apple jam, mustard and horseradish]
Veal Schnitzel with baked potatoes
[adding some grated parmesan to the bread-crumbs coating makes a big difference!]
Two local cheese
Bonnes Mares 1989 Comte de Vogue
3/98. Bought at auction May-96 for $120 (imported for $136 net).
I love Bonnes Mares, but I never had one by Vogue. Is this wine as good as his Musigny? We'll see...
COLOR: Good, healthy color for a nine-years (B). Very slight clearing around the rim. Probably filtered or at least heavily finned as there was not a grain of sediment in the bottle.
NOSE: Full scale 'Bourgogne Nose'. At first a bit square but with time became rounder, showing both younger red fruit and more mature sweetish tones on the nose.
TASTE: Mouth-filling. Plenty of masculine winyness, with both fruit and soft tannins pretty much apparent. Very tasty yet feels 'serious' on the palate. Elegant but not enough finesse to show of its Chambolle origin...
LENGTH: Really long and complex aftertaste that lasts more than a minute.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Full bodied. Well structured with reserved fruit, medium acidity and some tannins. Multi-layered like a good (B) should be.
In a sense, the wine adapted itself to the dinner. More masculine at first, with the pungent first course, and then softer and rounder with the more tame schnitzel...
OVERALL: Excellent-plus Grand Cru from a good year and an exalted producer. I hope it barely started its mature stage with some more years to harmonize and improve.
MARK: 17.5/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Maybe.
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