The best of the evening, in my view, was a 2008 premier cru chardonnay from Meursault, in the Cote de Beaune. Cote de Beaune is famous for its whites, despite the fact that it makes a lot of red, and this one didn't disappoint. This wine was young-ish, pale gold with green cheeks, but lovely nutty aromas and flavours. Maybe I'm just really taken by nutty white wines (see the Jubilee Hugel Riesling), but the toasted coconut, pecan, honey, and banana in the nose, and the caramel, peaches, and faint note of orange-glo (yes, I do mean the furniture polish) were just lovely. It was a juicy and elegant wine. I liked it very much, but suspect I won't have it again anytime soon, as this one's a pricey wine to be sure.
|The 2008 Joseph Faiveley Meursault premier cru. Delish!|
However, if something light, happy, and fruity is more to your taste, Beaujolais is (in my view) a great choice. We tasted a lovely 2009 Moulin-a-Vent Beaujolais, which had the typical candy smell (bananas, jolly ranchers, cinnamon, dried fruits) and a tasty woody, candy apple palate. As the instructor said, it's a less somber wine in its aspect, and a great one for bridging the tastes between old world and new world wines. Beaujolais will always have a special place in my heart after visiting the region for Beaujolais Nouveau in 2009 (which was a particularly excellent vintage, it turns out). That wonderful festive weekend, and gamay's easy drinkability with lunch, makes it a star in my books!