Top (Singapore) or bottom (Tokyo)?🧐I choose top. Why? Because sharing beautiful bottles with friends is one of life’s great pleasures. That and surprising them blind with a bottle of Overnoy 😂. The look in the room for the big reveal was priceless. Bereche: laser sharp acidity, super dry and blossomed with food. Meunier with a big M!
L’arbre blanc: so much fun trying to guess blind. Pinot gris from the look, Bini bitterness on the mouth, Italy? No, France. Loire? Yes! Sauvignon blanc? Yes. 👌👌 also getting better with air and food.
Ganevat: nose of the night. Could have smelled for hours. Of course I knew (mine), but unmistakable Ganevat. So easy to guess Jura, but also a good example of how Terroir is more important that grape varietal. Savagnin? Chardonnay? Could have been either. Also, age helped give it extra depth. Overnoy: bottle variation? Not the clean nose I am used to with the white wax. More farm than usual. Mouth like spring water and drinking so easily. Would have been harder to guess blind than usual. More a crowd pleaser when revealed than when poured blind. There are some wines like that.
Domaine St Pierre: most delicate wine of the night. All lace and dainty. Love at first sight and one to buy by the case load before it gets hyped too much and bye bye normal prices. ❤️ it
Clos Rougeard: Loire chenin, super easy. I thought Anjou at first, similar nose to Leroy but with much less reduction. Hum 🧐. Would not have guessed Breze and certainly not the year. A tour de force of balance and winemaking. To produce a wine of such finesse in the hottest year in 50 years is incredible. Chapeau.
Lapierre: wow, so hard to guess the grape. Cab franc? Not quite. Trousseau, maybe but too juicy. Poulsard? Not jurassien. Never had a gamay like that. Proof that Lapierre is the big Dady. So much personality. A wine that has a conversation with you and keeps you guessing about its evolution. Definitely one I would like to taste over the next 20 years to see its evolution. Blown away!