Fine and Rare Wine Specialist 2013

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Excitement draws in as I finally arrive in the magical, mystical city that is Vienna – birth place of both the Schnitzel and darn good coffee (well birth place may be a bit extreme but they definitely give Starbucks a run for their money!)

Today is the first day of the week long fine & rare wine seminar, a collaboration between the Austrian arm of the WSET “Weinakademie Österreich” and the grand and oh-so fabulous Palais Coburg. The seminars could not get off to a better start. None other than Mr Burgundy himself Jasper Morris.

Seats taken and time for a quick sneak at the line-up!

Roulot represented Meursault with “Les Charmes 2008” – this 0.28ha site produces wines with not only that hazelnut richness we come to expect but also wines of great finesse. The cold dry winds of 2008 has provided concentration of both fruit, acidity and even colour. Delicious.

2005 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru was big and bold but in all the right ways. Crying out for bottle age to be able to prove its self and the potential that is has to be subtle and elegant. Here I must use the over used word minerality, but purely as a metaphor – and you all get what I am trying to express with it right? A certain backbone that is almost impossible to describe.

The amazingly interesting style of Domaine Leflaive in the ’90’s was represented with a magnum of 1994 Les Pucelles. Considering that this was probably one of the worst vintages during this period, the results were amazing, interesting off the wall but nevertheless amazing. The fruit has been able to mature slowly, expressing itself as a most beautiful wine. Definitely not the most popular in the room, but who cares I love funky wines, they show personality something that is vital in Burgundy.

Swiftly moving on to the most sensational pommard I have ever had the chance to experience; Clos Épeneaux 2003 from the very talented Comte Armand.

Next on the list, Clos de la Roche 1996 from the master of this grand Cru site Ponsot – this led us to surprisingly elegant La Tâche 2000 followed by what must be one of the high-lights of my year. 1976 Rousseau Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru. Lapsang souchong and slight touches of dried ceps. Sweet nuances of licorice and something slightly medicinal. This wine bought unanimous pleasure to the class I’m sure!

Jasper himself summed up this last wine with a final note perfectly “I want a sense of serenity in my mature Burgundy” well if this doesn’t represent serenity than I don’t know what does!

Can’t wait for day two!

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