Notes from the Guild of Sommeliers “Old and Rare” Tasting
Yesterday’s “Old and Rare” tasting was presented by Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher (standing), who has mentored many of the top wine professionals working in the U.S. today.
The wines came from the Guild of Sommeliers “trust”: a collection of rare wines donated to the Guild by a leading American collector. They are used for educational purposes and also, as in this case, to raise money for the myriad scholarships that the Guild offers to young American wine professionals.
As Jay pointed out, the modest fee per seat at the event hardly came close to the value of the wines being poured.
The seated panelists, all of them Master Sommeliers, from the foreground moving back: Brett Zimmerman owner of the Boulder Wine Merchant and founder of the festival; Bobby Stuckey, owner and wine director at Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder; and Richard Betts, author and spirits producer.
What a flight of wine!!!
From left to right:
Domaine Jean Collet 2004 Chablis Valmur Grand Cru
Domaine Ramonet 1993 Bievenues-Batard Montrachet Grand Cru
Domaine Paul Pernot 1998 Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru
Camille Giroud 1976 Corton-Clos du Roi Grand Cru
The highlight of this first flight was the Paul Pernot, which elicited high praise from each of the panelists.
Bobby noted its “electric” character underneath its “richness,” calling it one of the greatest values in the flight.
Wine collector Adam Plotkin, who attended the tasting, shared this photo of all the labels.
It was such a thoughtfully chosen flight and it brilliantly illustrated the breadth of Burgundy and its aging potential.
Here’s the second flight that was poured:
Domaine Michel Lafarge 1995 Beaune-Grèves 1er Cru
Louis Jadot 1990 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru
Domaine Georges Roumier 1982 Ruchottes Chambertin Grand Cru
Domaine Emmanuel Rouget 1998 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaumonts 1er Cru
The Louis Jadot was arguably the stand-out.
Jay talked about what an exceptional, however warm, vintage this was for Burgundy.
“One of the greatest,” he said, “and most successful.”
Brett noted the “powerful core of fruit” in this now twenty-four-year-old wine.
But perhaps even more so than the wines, the stars were the panelists themselves.
It was incredible, for example, to hear Richard rattle off vintage notes on the 1998 harvest from the top of his head.
To watch the four Master Sommeliers banter as they traded impressions and insights was spectacular.