On Saturday I visited Scott Paul Wines for a tasting. Scott had opened several bottles from Burgundy producer Lucien Le Moine. All of the bottles Scott had were gone by the end of the day. I woke up that morning with a bit of congestion, not what I wanted when going tasting. We started with their regular flight. One of the things I have always enjoyed about Scott Paul is the changing menu of wines. I can stop by and try a couple of great white or red burgundies as well as Scott’s Oregon wines. Today’s regular flight was as follows
Huber-Verdereau NV Cremant de Bourgogne
Phillip Chavy 2007 Bourgogne Blanc
Francoise Lamarche 2006 Vosne-Romanee
2007 Scott Paul La Paulee Pinot Noir
Each month a new group of wines arrives in the tasting room from Burgundy. This has lead me to a few new favorite wines. The La Paulee is a blend of fruit from Momtazi, Maresh, Shea, and Ribbon Ridge. It is a great showcase of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
The Lucien Le Moine tasting was amazing. All of the wines were from the 2007 vintage and as follows
Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatieres 1er Cru
Chambolle-Musigny, les Charmes 1er Cru
Vosne-Romanee, Beaux Monts 1er Cru
Pommard, Grands Epenots 1er Cru
Echezeaux Grand Cru
I have not tasted through lots of burgundies. And the number of Grand Cru Burgundies is lower still. That is one of the reason I enjoy Scott Paul. A visit to their tasting room is always a learning experience. For me, tasting wines from different regions, different styles, and of different quality helps me to better understand the nuances in each. I am not a writer, poetry was never a good subject for me. So how do you describe to someone the difference between a Grand Cru Burgundy and the $3 bottle in the grocery store?