Geoff Kelly library tasting Dreaming of Old Burgundy 1966 – 1978 - POSTPONED NEW DATE TBC, 125pp

Geoff Kelly library tasting Dreaming of Old Burgundy 1966 – 1978 - POSTPONED NEW DATE TBC, 125pp

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Time:  Thursday 26 August,  2021,  6.00 pm start
Venue:  Upstairs Tasting Room,  Regional Wines & Spirits,  Basin Reserve,  Wellington              

The goal for this tasting is to seek out the earlier beauty and strengths of these wines … as applicable.  Some of the labels to be offered,  we simply do not see in wine-shops any longer,  in New Zealand.  That particularly applies to the Selections of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin,  based at Clos de Vougeot.


And besides,  corks willing,  this is an opportunity to taste examples … only modest labels … of now near-mythical Burgundy vintages such as 1978,  1971 and 1969. Don’t worry:  you wont get defective wine.  Just old and maybe frail wines.  I have taken out about 20 bottles … so there are plenty of spares.


The exciting thing is,  there are some good addresses in the line-up,  one or two grands crus,  but not all the growers are so well-known today.  There will be the opportunity to taste old Leroy Cote de Beaune … wines now so rare and expensive that though there is a New Zealand Importer,  actual wines are very rarely offered … and lately only at the level of Bourgogne, in New Zealand.  Please note:  no Leroy Domaine wines,  just Leroy as Negociant.  Also only fair to note,  Leroy then was not the firm it is now. And no Cote de Nuits from Leroy … in fact the whole Tasting is (regrettably) a bit too centred round the Cote de Beaune.  I don't think I am the only one who believes that the most exciting burgundies come from the Cote de Nuits.  Ah well … it is not every day that one has the chance to taste 50-year-old burgundy.

As you can imagine,  pricing this tasting is near-impossible.  The wines have been in near-ideal Wellington cellar conditions since original at-release purchase,  but the labels are not the greatest wines for longevity – and are likely to be frail.  Corks willing,  here’s an indication of the wine-list.  See what you think:

1966  Chateau Masson Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Pruliers Premier Cru:  a Selection of the Confrérie

des Chevaliers du Tastevin,  then brokered by Maison Drouhin … original price $5.40 … at the time 24% more expensive than 1966 Ch Montrose.

1966 Domaine Paul-Yves Masson Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru:  a Selection of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin,  then brokered by Maison Drouhin … original price $5.40 … as above.

1967  Vosne-Romanee:  Selection Charles Kinloch,  London

1969  Domaine du Clos Frantin Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru:

1969  Maison Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet:

1970  Maison Louis Jadot Beaune-Boucherottes Premier Cru:  original price $9.90  

1971  Domaine Gouroux Echezeaux Grand Cru:

1972  Domaine Hippolyte Thevenot Corton Grand Cru:

1976  Maison Leroy as Negociant Auxey-Duresses:

1976  Maison Leroy as Negociant Beaune-Greves Premier Cru:

1976  Maison Leroy as Negociant Corton Grand Cru:

1978  Maison Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin:   original price $9.90  


Reserve Wines:

1978  Maison Drouhin Clos des Mouches Premier Cru    original price $28.50  

1976  Maison Chanson Pere & Fils Charmes-Chambertin Premier Cru   original price $36.44

1972  Maison Joseph Drouhin Beaune:  a Selection of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin,  then brokered by Maison Drouhin … original price $14.10  

1971  Alexis Lichine (Negociant) Nuits-Saint-Georges:

 

 

      At Regional Wines, Beers and Spirits - 15 Ellice Street, Wellington 6011.

      Cancellations must be made no later than 48hrs in advance.

      If sold out - please email John at online@regionalwines.co.nz to be placed on the waitlist.


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