Moving onto the reds, we begin again with a strong Burgundy selection, though one that seems a bit too focused on a few producers. A fair amount of Dujac here, which would be tough to argue with if it weren’t all so young! In fact, the list is almost all relatively current release wines, which makes spending a ton on Burgundy here a bit of a waste.
For a younger wine, I would probably want to check out this out:
Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans, Domaine Joseph Voillot 2006 - $140
Bordeaux is much of the same. Lots of fine wine but most too young, or too expensive for my tastes. If it has to be Bordeaux though, I would probably opt for either:
Château Haut-Bailly 2001 - $160
Château Haut-Bailly 2002 - $145
I was hoping to see a stronger list of wines from the South of France and I was honestly a little disappointed by the limited selection. Not to mention the list from the Northern Rhone dominated by Guigal trophy wines that was saved by two killer listings:
Côte-Rôtie, Patrick Jasmin 2006 - $120
Cornas, Thierry Allemand 2006 - $180
The Southern Rhone was another drag and I was about to give up on the list entirely (though in all honesty that has more to do with the wines of the Southern Rhone as opposed to the list itself), when I found the super cluster of the list and order was restored.
Domaine de la Grange Des Pères, Vin de Pays de L'Hérault 2004 - $155
Vin de Pays de L'Hérault, Mas de Daumas Gassac 2006 - $105
Domaine Tempier, Bandol 2007 - $90
Domaine Tempier Les Tourtine, Bandol 2006 - $125
The rest of the list was well thought out, if unexciting, selections from Italy and the Iberian peninsula, where I did find this gem:
Viña Bosconia Reserva, Rioja 2000 - $80
The domestic Pinot Noir selection was certainly interesting with many fairly priced selections. I really liked two from Oregon:
Dusky Goose, Dundee Hills 2008 - $130
Brickhouse Select, Ribbon Ridge 2008 - $70
Once past the Pinot, there were some selections of bigger reds, Zins and Syrahs, that didn’t grab my attention as well as listings of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with prices that seemed to indicate that this was a sweet spot for selling on the list. Even though these wines may not be the best partners for the menu, it would not surprise me to see that these wines are inordinately strong sellers.
Australia and New Zealand appear to be a bit of an afterthought of the list, with a nice representation, but nothing to write home about. T hough the Martinborough Vineyard Martinborough Terrace Point Noir 2004 is priced to try ($50) and may just be one of the more interesting aged wines on the list!
I’m not much for sweet wines, though this list has a fine selection. If I was with a group I could see being very happy with a half-bottle of:
Domaine La Tour Vieille 2004 500ml - $55
But if any area of this list seemed to be a touch weak and more aggressively priced, these sweeties would seem to be it.